A Sy Syms Student Goes for the Gold: A Position at McKinsey

In August 2019, at the start out of her sophomore year, Rachel Doretsky ’22SB promised herself that by the time she graduated, she would snag a great task that authorized her to make aliyah.

Rachel Doretsky

This September, the Prolonged Island indigenous will hold that guarantee when she joins McKinsey & Company in Tel Aviv as a small business analyst, turning out to be one of the very first YU undergraduates to secure a placement at 1 of “the most selective employers in the earth, a firm recognised for its notoriously competitive using the services of system,” according to The Economist.

How did this Sy Syms alumna get her foot in the doorway? Doretsky chalks it up to difficult perform, tenacity and, as she noted, “the realization that there are no short cuts. If you want one thing, you require to be eager to do the job for it and do no matter what it normally takes to get there.” Helping her build the self confidence and savvy to do just that was an array of means she named upon to navigate the road to McKinsey’s Tel Aviv business: mentoring relationships with professors and alumni, interning at the YU Consulting Drive, membership in YU’s Consulting Culture (a new alumni-led group assisting YU students split into the discipline) and leadership roles in the YU chapter of the scholar-operate TAMID club.

When she commenced at the Sy Syms School of Small business, she was passionate about accounting, “but soon after two semesters, I realized it wasn’t the occupation for me.” She sought information from Dr. Sharon Poctzer, Chair of the Approach and Entrepreneurship Division at Sy Syms, who pointed out lots of possibilities in organization other than accounting. Coincidentally, as Doretsky was thinking of her choices for a new important, the YU Consulting Drive, an internship plan that consists of YU students in consulting initiatives for non-revenue, was accepting apps for its inaugural cohort of interns. (Dr. Noam Wasserman, dean of Sy Syms, produced the Consulting Force in April 2020 when Covid forced the cancellation of most internships.)

Doretsky applied, bought in, and found what daily life as a marketing consultant may be like. That moved her to improve her participation in TAMID, a pupil club that allows undergrads acquire competencies like consulting abilities by connecting them remotely with Israeli businesses. A person of her consulting projects at TAMID was with Zebra Health-related Eyesight, a healthcare computer software corporation specializing in AI and not too long ago obtained by Nanox.AI.

Her sport strategy was shaping up effectively. She experienced improved majors to finance and system/entrepreneurship and set her sights on McKinsey as a possible employer, a decision enthusiastic by her involvement with YU’s Consulting Society. Armed with an Excel spreadsheet and tapping into her YU community, Rachel methodically attained out about the program of a yr by using LinkedIn to McKinsey’s Israel recruiter to learn about the management techniques and expertise the firm sought in a candidate, all even though building a rolodex of corporation contacts. “I spoke with business enterprise analysts, consultants, engagement supervisors, affiliate companions and even a partner—as several McKinsey persons as doable. As a outcome, I achieved above one particular-third of the firm just before remaining interviewed.”

With the groundwork laid, she utilized to McKinsey in December 2021. What adopted were a demanding series of just one-on-1 case interviews with consultants, engagement professionals and senior partners intended to assess her analytical capabilities to fix hypothetical business enterprise issues.

Immediately after four rounds of prosperous interviews, which took months of preparing, Doretsky gained an offer in February 2022 to join McKinsey Tel Aviv as a business enterprise analyst. Soon soon after, another Sy Syms graduating senior received an present from a McKinsey business in the U.S., making this a breakthrough 12 months for YU undergraduates in this rising marketplace.

Rachel Doretsky’s advice for achievement is simple and clear-cut. “Be ready to pivot. Be individual but passionate, and when you determine what you want, pursue it relentlessly, even if it means likely exterior your consolation zone. After I experienced hands-on encounter in consulting and recognized I beloved it, I did what ever it took to get to my objective.”