I just received an offer from McKinsey and I’m not sure how to tell my BCG mentors. Is it bad form to just not mention where you’re going when you leave?

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If they’re mentors, yeah, it’s bad form just to ghost. I’d focus on thanking them for their support and how much you grew at BCG, etc etc. Make it about them and you and BCG, not about where you’re going. I wouldn’t proactively say where you’re going, though of course you can when they ask. Have some understandable reasons for why “somewhere else” is better than BCG.


If they’re your mentors, it’d be very odd of you not to share — especially if they ask. Anyone else at the firm, sure - they don’t need to know. Don’t feel bad about prioritizing yourself and your career. You may feel thankful for the people who have helped you—but you owe nothing to anyone. It’s business.

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Are you taking Kev’s old job?


Thanks for the feedback! I’ll tell them. I’m making the switch because McKinsey offers a specialist track for an industry I’m keen on focusing on for my career. At BCG, I’d still be in the generalist pool, so I could be staffed on random other industries. This is also an industry where McKinsey has a stronger presence and the offer is in a city where my wife got a new job. BCG doesn’t have an office there.


You have a wife while working at BCG? Good job!


Tell them it’s because of MEALSSSSSSS


At $60/ a week for days longer than 11hours?

Write them a script for oxy and call it a day. They’ll be able to see it on LinkedIn. Give them a heads up, no shame


So what you're telling me is BCG is hiring?


Do you plan on just never updating LI? Also why leave BCG for McK?


Honestly just give them the news and, if they ask, the reasons. Much better from you than second hand or ghosting. Who knows what the future will bring so it’s never worth leaving on bad terms.


Why do you want to leave for McK?


Hey I’m in a similar spot and would love to chat about your experiences and thinking! Can we DM?


You can DM me. I recently made the switch.

Did you get a pay bump?


We just had a partner come over from BCG Digital. He's awesome. Very cool, California technology person.


Don’t even think about it! Don’t lie (as they may already know), but say sth smart. Also don’t mention anything Like having more than one opportunity.

No one minds. Do what works for you.

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