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FAQ

Who is invited to the Workshop?

Horizon is primarily geared towards undergraduate, graduate, and PhD students in the natural sciences, engineering, and economics. We're interested in scientists and mathematicians as well as students of computer science, engineering, and business. We expect participants to have an outstanding academic performance in their field, plus a pronounced interest in the issues of business, economy, and IT. Please note that you need to be fluent in the language of the country you wish to apply for.

Why should I apply for Horizon?

You should apply especially if you:

  • Want to find out what top-management consulting at McKinsey means at the interface between business and IT
  • Are asking yourself whether top-management consulting could be the next step in your career
  • Would like to experience what it’s like to work with other exceptional people in a multicultural team to come up with innovative solutions for a real case.

At Horizon, you will not only get answers to these questions but also have plenty of opportunities to gain further deep insights in the BTO and your career opportunities in top-management consulting by:

  • Talking to consultants with academic backgrounds similar to yours about their career paths and your individual opportunities for personal and professional development at McKinsey
  • Working in a team with other students on practical case studies that will challenge your analytical abilities and your creativity. And you will have the opportunity to train your presentation and communications skills.

How can I apply?

Send us your complete application with a detailed CV and copies of all qualifications. You will find all further information on how to apply here. You will find the contact details also on the application page. Please note that you need to be fluent in the language of the country you wish to apply for.Send us your complete application with a detailed CV and copies of all qualifications. You will find all further information on how to apply here. You will find the contact details also on the application page. Please note you need to be fluent in the language of the country you wish to apply for.

Do I need a degree in economics in order to participate in the Horizon workshop?

No, you don't. We welcome all applicants with outstanding academic achievements – irrespective of their field of study –, a pronounced interest in the areas of business and technology, and CVs that show commitment, diversity, and curiosity.

What will it cost me to participate in Horizon?

McKinsey will take care of your travel costs to and from Barcelona as well as your accommodation and meals during the four days of the workshop.

Will you evaluate me at the workshop?

No, we won't. Horizon is not an assessment center for potential recruits. Instead, we will give you the opportunity to talk personally with our consultants, get feedback and advice, and find out what consulting at the BTO is really like.

What distinguishes the BTO's work from McKinsey's other Offices and Practices?

McKinsey's offices are organized geographically, whereas the BTO is a function-based "global office." As such, its specific task is to develop McKinsey's competencies in technology and apply them to help our clients. Having said that, the BTO works according to the same principles as any other McKinsey office, and our consulting work is fully integrated into the activities of the other offices.

What sort of projects does the BTO carry out?

this context, they serve a broad range of companies from McKinsey's client base and advise clients from various industries on many functional topics where IT contributes significantly to business success.

These include, among others, strategy development, especially for companies in technology-intensive sectors (e.g., financial services or high tech). It also takes in the creation of new business ideas based on innovative technologies as well as the development of innovative solutions in IT architecture and IT management, for instance in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) or customer relationship management (CRM).   

Does the BTO also tackle non-IT issues?

Since the strategic IT competencies of McKinsey are consolidated in the BTO, BTO projects offer attractive development and career opportunities for all technology experts. They can apply their technical know-how while acquiring excellent problem solving skills and leadership qualities. At the same time, however, only very few of our consultants would see themselves (if at all) as technical "purists." Typically, our consultants work on multifaceted projects that demand expertise beyond just IT know-how. We always look at IT issues in terms of their business context.