I talk regularly to people who are trying to break into management consulting. One thing that's almost always apparent is, unless they've worked in consulting previously, most applicants have no idea of what their typical day will be like if they land a job and become a consultant.
I can empathise with this because until I joined McKinsey in London, I had no idea of what my life would be like either (as it turned out, I worked a lot but learned a lot too).
To help anyone who might be in the same position, I've laid out below what a typical Monday at McKinsey looked like. It's based on the last project I did at McKinsey, where I was the Engagement Manager on a team serving a client near London.
0700: Wake up to my alarm going off. Lie in bed for a few minutes feeling pleased that I'm not serving a client outside of the UK- early morning Monday flights are the worst. Grab a quick shower and try to spend a few minutes afterwards talking to my wife about our plans for the day
I'm a ex-McKinsey London EM who recently left the Firm