Els van der Helm is a Fulbright PhD graduate from Berkeley, founder of the Beyond Academia Conference and a McKinsey Associate in the Amsterdam office. In this wide-ranging interview we discuss the unique challenges faced by PhD candidates as they try to enter management consulting – many personally experienced by Els – and her candid views on what could be done to smooth the path. This interview played a significant role in helping Firmsconsulting change the way we coach and guide PhD clients, who comprise about 33% of our program in a given month.

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4 responses to Interview with Els van der Helm, McKinsey Amsterdam

  1. Rav, you should start a New Orleans chapter of Beyond Academia. Mariana is a member of this site and the current president of BA that Els founded.

  2. I really admire her candidness. This interview should clear up all the clouds that are hanging around the PhDs who wants to pursue management consulting. I believe me and the other PhD candidates are always sheepish about sharing thoughts on pursuing non-traditional careers and Els’s “beyond academia” will surely addresses most of the questions that PhD candidates may have. I wish I could attend that event but Berkeley is a long way from New Orleans:(. Any way I wish both of you all the best and admire your effort in helping people like me. 🙂

  3. Thanks Rav, but all the credit must really go to Els for her generosity both in time and sharing her experiences.

  4. Thank you very much Els and Michael!! This podcast is one of the most informative podcasts ever.

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