Five CPISP scholars took part in an intensive 3-day professional program aimed at introducing aspiring students from top colleges around the US to the demands of the consulting world. The EDAD program was held from 8 – 10 April 2016 with McKinsey & Co. in Philadelphia, PA, and brought together Arabic speaking university students from GCC countries interested in pursuing careers in consulting.
CPISP scholar Ahmed Bardooli, an undergraduate at Tufts University, explained that the program offered a well-rounded overview of the skills and daily life of a McKinsey consultant. The workshops covered a wide range of topics, he said, starting by defining what is consulting, in addition to problem solving, developing presentation skills and understanding MBTI (Myer-Briggs Type Indicator) test results.
“The program developed my presentation skills, problem solving skills, and team working. Moreover, it was a great opportunity to meet up with other students from the top colleges in the US, who are passionate in developing the future Middle East,” said Ahmed.
“The program also provided the participants with an opportunity of getting to know McKinsey consultants who are based in the GCC, which was insightful for familiarizing the participants with the most pressing challenges the public and private sectors are engaging with today. By targeting GCC students, in addition, the program brought together students not just of shared identity, but also of shared interests and visions, and I found this to be the most rewarding part of the experience.”
Other CPISP scholars who took part in the program included Maryam Alireza and Yusuf Jailani from Harvard University, Esraa Sabah from Northeastern University, and Ali Marhoon from Georgetown University.