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At McKinsey fish, how much can you actually steer your career in terms of topic / industry focus as a new joiner? Is it luck or can you say I want to do industry X and you will get staffed there? How about personal values and veto against defense projects or tobacco and that sort of thing?

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That's what expert track is for

If you are completely against something for personal reason you will not get staffed on it

Good people coaches and work that’s appropriate for a new joiner are the most important things for your first 1-3 studies. Professional Development (aka our staffing leaders) will try to also match your interests, but not guaranteed. The priority is setting you up to successfully learn the ropes. Once you’ve started to get experience, you have a lot more control.

You can always decline things where you have a concern (tobacco, etc).

Thanks folks!!

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