I joined The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) after doing an internship during the summer between my second and third years at university. I was sold on joining BCG for two reasons: its impressive social impact work, and the strength of its apprenticeship model.
Many management consultancies emphasise their pro bono work in recruiting material, but BCG's social impact work stood out to me because of its massive impact through long-term partnerships with global organisations like Save the Children, Teach for All and the World Food Programme. Even better, there are opportunities to get involved as a new associate: my very first project was about the London office's pro bono strategy. I also quickly got involved with other opportunities outside formal project work: I currently tutor a student from a local secondary school in GCSE English for an hour a week, and I'm part of the London office's fundraising team.
By the end of my first year I had spent four weeks in formal training – in London, Munich and Paris – but there's a limit to what you can learn in the classroom. The emphasis at BCG is on learning on-the-job, and I've never ceased to be amazed how even in the midst of the busiest project, a more experienced consultant will happily spend an hour helping me with an Excel model or constructing a storyline to explain our recommendations to the client. Consultancy demands an incredibly broad skill set, and the learning curve can be very steep, so I wanted to be in a firm that takes development particularly seriously.
One of my favourite things about my job is the variety. In the time I've worked at BCG, I have written a report on the state of operations in retail banking across three continents, worked on a digital strategy for a national media company, conducted analysis to improve sales at a large insurer, and created a new global team within an international banking group…work is anything but boring!
One of the perks of the job is the impressive range of social events that take place after work and on weekends – since joining, I've been skiing in the Alps, to sailing near Plymouth, to art exhibitions, a cookery class, and of course countless trips to the local pub. I've made some great friends through work, and the people – who are unfailingly friendly and passionate about what they do – have definitely helped to make my time at BCG so far such a positive experience.