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For post-MBA associate roles at McKinsey: how does the work and lifestyle of an associate in the M&A practice compare to those of being in a generalist associate role?

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In terms of work, it’s basically exactly the same (I couldn’t tell you which of my team mates were practice affiliated vs. generalist in many cases) - except of course you’ll be expected to do mostly work in the practice area. You’d be expected to have deeper expertise in your practice area, but your focus and some additional training will get you there no problem. Some generalists will basically do everything you’re doing...most will wander more. Lifestyle is basically the same - meaning there is a broad range in both cases, which mostly depends on the more specific kind of work you do. Are you doing a lot of PE DDs? That has a high probability of sucking, but both generalist and folks in the practice can live that life.

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Thanks McK1. I’m coming from b-school and don’t have a lot of experience in the field. I’m not sure if they intend on me doing DD vs other M&A work. Is there a difference in career trajectory for people in that practice vs generalists?

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