Class of 2017, Singapore
Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company
Randy Yeo started working at McKinsey & Company in late September 2017. Presently, he is a Business Analyst at the company where he works in client engagement, which cuts across different job functions (e.g. operations, strategy) and industries (e.g. public sector, telecommunications, etc).
Randy learnt about the job opportunity via McKinsey’s on-campus information session at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He was hired after an application process which included interviews with managers and partners. Each interview focused on how he would go about solving a mock business problem.
On what helped him secure this job offer, Randy lists three factors: internships which gave him direct exposure to the relevant skills for the job, career counselling and support provided by Yale-NUS’ Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE), and his Philosophy major. He explained that the Philosophy curriculum at Yale-NUS helped him sharpen his ability to debate, be creative, and be comfortable navigating ambiguous spaces – these attributes were particularly relevant during the interview process with McKinsey and his day-to-day work.
Randy feels his college experience has prepared him well for the workplace. In particular, he cites the sense of the sense of curiosity he developed during his undergraduate years for helping him to be creative and find different ways of solving problems.
“One thing about consulting is that you have to quickly understand things (be it a new industry or function) and it is hard to push through if you are not curious about the problem and how to solve it. At Yale-NUS, I think the curriculum, professors, and classmates definitely helped to fashion and develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world at large.”