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I’m having my first conversation with my McKinsey Professional Development Manager. Any tips on what to come prepared with to get the most out of it? How have you handled this relationship and how meaningful has it been? Still a couple of weeks before my start date.

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* Tell PD about your interests (function and industry) coming in. Especially for your first couple of studies, they're likely to solve for that.
* Ask the "dumb" questions - PD is one of the most consistent relationships you'll have in the firm, so think of them as your first-responder guide. PD knowing that you value their input will also get put them in your corner, which can be helpful later on
* IMPORTANT - Tell PD about your values. PD will help you steer away from projects that aren't aligned - effectively screening staffing calls for you. Putting the stake in the ground early is good for you and a good signal for the firm.

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To the last part of your question - really meaningful relationship if you want it to be. One of the most consistent and most available resources you'll have. As you move on, they'll also help you navigate role transitions, which aren't always straightforward

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Following! In a similar boat w you OP

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