Marijn, MD, Erasmus University Rotterdam; PhD Medical Research, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company
Why I decided to apply
While doing research and working in a hospital I realized that science and health care could use some more speed, team work and business sense. I decided that I would love to take a look at health care from a totally different perspective.
My first thought when I started at McKinsey
“Great that they gave me a laptop, car keys and BlackBerry, but what am I actually supposed to do?”
Skill I never thought I’d have
I would have never thought that I would say anything smart on finance! I remember once writing a memo on a financial topic and discussing it with the CFO of the hospital. I was only able to do this because some people from the Corporate Finance Practice helped me and I’d just completed my business training at the firm during the “miniMBA” program.
I would love to become an engagement manager and maybe try to start a family.
Most important lesson I learned from a client
Keep it simple…
www.ted.com for 5-20 minutes of inspiration.
Outside McKinsey activities
Have a picnic in the Vondelpark, cycle around, have drinks and gossip with my friends, read everything from airport books to literature.
Favorite restaurant/ bar/club in the Netherlands
I love Saskia’s Huiskamer; it is like a living room, cozy, and you can help in the kitchen or be lazy and skip the dishes.