How would you describe your field and main tasks?
I work as an associate consultant. The job as an associate consultant is project based and you typically work in a larger team sharing tasks and responsibilities. Our projects cover a wide range of industries as well as topics such as strategy, operations optimization, reorganization, etc.
As an associate, you are working on smaller pieces of larger projects. My tasks include market research, quantitative and qualitative analyses, and preparing presentations.
What are the most exciting and challenging aspects of your job?
One of the most exciting aspects about working in consulting is the impact you have and the complex problems we help answering. We are helping some of the largest companies define their future direction and we are supporting them in solving their current issues. The high impact of our projects also makes it challenging – our clients use our input to base defining choices for their company, so it is very important that all the groundwork and research is done with a rigor providing comfort that the basis for the decision is correct.
As an associate consultant, you are thrown into the deep end, which is both enjoyable and frightening. Every client is different and no two projects are the same. It is therefore required that you find it exciting to be challenged with new topics and industries constantly. You are, however, never alone and there will always be a team of fellow consultants, project leaders, and partners who will guide and support you throughout the project. Personally, I find it very fulfilling to be challenged and gain insights into new industries and topics on a very frequent basis.
How do you apply your education in your job?
As a physicist, I am trained in solving complex problems through logic thinking. Another key element in the physics education is the art of testing hypotheses with data. These two skills enable me to be very fact and logic based in my research as well as being understanding of what type of data is needed to support the formed hypotheses.
Furthermore, as a science graduate, I am very comfortable with math and have a good intuition on numbers and correlations. This helps me when building market and financial models which are widely used in project work.
Coming from international research at CERN, I am used to working in an international environment with many stakeholders, tight deadlines, and frequent presentations. These are skills used on a daily basis – both in team and client settings.
What are the three most important things to you in your job at BCG?
Consulting is ultimately a team sport. Working in BCG can be quite challenging at times. Having a group of very talented and dedicated people in your team all working towards the same deadline is one of the key enablers in making it enjoyable.
Ever changing work
I thrive when I am learning new things. At BCG, I get to explore new fields regularly and I am constantly developing my skill set and becoming familiarized with new industries.
From day one on the job, you are given your own work and you are responsible for delivering the expected output. I was, as an example, asked on my first project to build a model of the full bread market in Russia. Even though the responsibility lies with you, you can get support from your fellow teammates and your project leader in terms of guidance and prioritization of tasks.
Why do you consider BCG a desirable company to work in?
In BCG, there is a strong focus on learning and development – both through casework and through dedicated training. Immediately after joining BCG, you spend two weeks on training – 1 week with the newcomers in the Nordics and 1 week with everyone who has joined in the region. At the training, you learn the skills needed in consulting, and at the same time, you build connections to fellow associates across the region. The learning program continues throughout your BCG career and training have a very high priority internally.
Another key aspect making it desirable to work in BCG is the social life and the friendships you build. There are many organized activities in the office such as sports events, family events, summer parties, as well as the informal Friday bars. Despite the recent growth of the staff in the Copenhagen office, the “family feeling” has remained.