Mayowa Kuyoro, 31, is the Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company. She speaks about her career
What stirred your interest in management consultancy?
Throughout my undergraduate days, my friends had suggested that I should consider management consulting but I didn’t think I was smart enough. Quite frankly, I also did not have the grades. When I graduated, I searched for a job in Nigeria that would provide a broad-based experience across several industries, geographies and functions, and by process of elimination. I reached the conclusion that I should be a consultant; so, I decided to try my luck.
What is your educational background?
I have a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and an MBA.
What is your current position?
I am an Engagement Manager at McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm.
What attitude do you think that youths should have towards work?
There are a few things I would like to say which are finding what you love doing because it makes working easier. Early in your career, you should look for opportunities to learn more about the work you want to do. Be open to new experiences and whatever you do, do it well.
Do you think you would have gotten to this point in your career if you had studied in Nigeria?
I studied both in Nigeria and outside. Both experiences prepared me in different ways for where I am today.
Who are your role models and how have they influenced career?
Instead of role models, I would rather talk about mentors and sponsors who influenced my career immensely. They helped me navigate my journey, provided inspiration and guidance that have shaped me to be who I am today. They also provided opportunities that opened the door to help me become successful.
What are your aspirations?
I want to truly be a leader who makes a difference in the world. I think the shape of that might change over time. However, it is important to leave your mark in the world.
Do you have other interests?
I enjoy watching television series. One of the best days of my life was when Netflix came to Nigeria.
What is the name of the last book you read and what did you take away from it?
Homers Odyssey. Though I hated literature in school, I am trying to catch up on the things I missed while avoiding the subject. I would say that was a lesson in persistence and not allowing your circumstances to change the core of who you are.
How would you encourage youths who want to follow your footsteps?
It is important to know what you want out of life and take the opportunities that come your way. Find good mentors and sponsors and be diligent in whatever you do. Life comes in cycles; some good and some not so great. Be prepared for that. Also, have fun. Find a way to find the joy in whatever you find yourself doing.
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