Giovanni Pastore is a LUISS graduate who now works at McKinsey & Company. After completing a degree in Economics and Management, he participated in the Double Degree in International Management in collaboration with Fudan University in Shanghai.
“My year in Shanghai was highly educational,” explains Giovanni. “Courses were taught by professors with international fame and I had the chance to work with top students from the three DDIM partners (LUISS, Bocconi and Fudan). Getting accepted to the program was not easy, and working towards a double degrees required a lot of work, but it was more than worth it. Participating in such a high-level program allowed me to develop more than technical and professional knowledge, but highly-requested soft skills, such as adapting quickly to foreign, complex situations.”
In going from student to worker, Giovanni was able to take advantage of all that he learned at the university. “Often, after studying for five years, graduates realize that they spent too much energy on theory and not enough on getting real life experience to prepare for the working world. The university had a decisive role in my career, not only for offering degree programs with a professional focus, but also in encouraging me to get work experience as soon as possible through curricular internships. Luckily I had the opportunity to perform an internship in Shanghai with an investment firm specialized in crossborder M&A in China and Europe, which was a precious first step in my career.”
His experience with McKinsey began in 2016 when, after a long recruiting process, he was offered an internship with the renowned consulting firm. “The selection included a written test to evaluate logic and math skills as well as two oral exams focused on analyzing business cases. The process focused on evaluating a candidate’s quick reasoning skills, business acumen and communicative abilities. To my great satisfaction, I passed the selection process and was able to collaborate on important projects and interact with our clients’ top management.”
His internship experience was so positive that Giovanni was offered a job even before he completed his degree. “Working in close contact with McKinsey consultants, expectations were always very high, and thanks to the supervision of more knowledgeable colleagues who were always there for me, I was able to improve both my mathematical reasoning and management skills.”
“To join the world’s most prestigious strategic consulting firms, you need to be more than just a model student,” concludes Giovanni. “Competition is fierce and all candidates have stellar résumés. What makes a difference is careful preparation in every aspect of the selection process and in your motivation.”