At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Stefaan connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
Even today, I am often still surprised by how stimulating the work at BCG can be.
During my PhD studies, I decided that the next step in my career should offer a similar intellectual challenge—but also needed to go beyond. My goal was to find a job that offered tangible impact, teamwork, and further personal development. When I took a break from my PhD studies for an internship at BCG, I was pleased to discover that this was exactly what BCG offered.
Even today, I am often still surprised by how stimulating the work at BCG can be. The challenging questions to tackle, the variation of the work, and the thought-provoking interaction with the BCG colleagues and clients ensure an enduring learning process on so many different levels.
Stefaan holds a master’s in mechanical engineering, a master’s in management, and a PhD in economics—all from KU Leuven. Before his PhD, he worked for two years in Bilbao (Spain) as technical superintendent for a dredging company.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG devotes much attention to personal development. Thanks to the continuous informal and formal feedback, I get a clear view on my strengths and development points. At the start of each case, I have a discussion with the project leader or principal on how we can create the opportunity to work on my development points. In addition, I regularly exchange thoughts with my career advisor, a senior partner at BCG, about how to further improve. All these efforts on development clearly pay off: you really notice that you are making big steps forward every month or even every week.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: Thanks to BCG's social impact work, I have had the opportunity to do a pro bono case for a hospital in Togo for SOS Children's Villages. It was a great experience, both professionally and personally. It also confirmed how valuable the skills are that you learn at BCG, and that you can apply them in all types of settings. Even in a setting that was totally different from our other projects, we were able to get a clear view on the strengths and improvement points of the hospital and we developed solutions in close collaboration with the local staff.
Q: If you could compare what you do with any other job, what would you say?
A: To me, there are three dimensions that make working for BCG unique. First, there is a constant drive to find new insights to improve the performance of our clients or BCG itself. Second, everyone's opinion counts—from associate to senior partner. Even the most senior colleagues take time to make sure you understand the issues that are discussed so that you can contribute to the thinking. Finally, the quality of the people is amazing. I have learned so much from my colleagues, even if they only had a few months of work experience.