At BCG, we believe that many of the attributes and skills that have allowed you to succeed in medicine are essential to consulting. Like doctors, management consultants must be good with people, intellectually curious, creative, and analytically minded.
Doctors bring not only relevant skills, but also a unique perspective that allows them to approach problems in a way that provides tremendous value to our clients. BCG attracts doctors from all stages of their careers, including those who join right after medical school, bringing a range of capabilities which allow them to deliver valuable insights for our clients.
One factor which unites the people who join BCG is a passion for problem-solving. They are people with ambition who want to challenge themselves intellectually, to understand some of the most complex business and organisational issues, and to shape strategies with widespread impact.
In addition to on-the-job training, BCG provides an extensive network of mentorship, formal training opportunities, and leadership development to help doctors thrive in their career transition. Doctors most commonly join in the Senior Associate or Consultant role, and beyond the extensive entry-level training, we provide a Business Essentials course to help new joiners quickly gain an understanding of key business terms and concepts.
BCG's intellectual leadership, diverse client base, and global network make us an ideal platform for personal growth and development. As a BCG consultant, you can have a high-level impact with some of the world's leading organisations and businesses.
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"BCG dedicate a lot of time and energy to train new joiners, and this happens in two mains ways. Firstly, there are official programmes, such as the two week course when you join. This focuses on the basics of consulting, such as the use of Excel, understanding a company's balance sheet, and how to swim during your first case in an unfamiliar industry. Later in your first year there is another one-week programme in Europe, during which you really consolidate the skills learned thus far. My personal favourite is the two week Business Essentials Programme, which is a mini-MBA offered to medics/PhD joiners within the first year. Held in either Barcelona or Boston, you're given a crash-course on topics such as financial accounting, marketing and strategy. It's run by professors from business schools such as Harvard and Stanford and really gives a big lift up in business knowledge.
Outside of formal programs there are opportunities for leaning on the job, including half-day training sessions on offer every week. These sessions are a great way to deep-dive on certain topics, and you have 20 or so courses, of which some are mandatory and others optional. What's also great is that you're assigned a formal career advisor who is always at hand to ensure you make the most of your time and learning experience at BCG"
The switch from late night cannulas and cardiac arrests to intense problem solving in a different environment has been fascinating.
In some ways, consulting is not dissimilar to medicine – companies come to us with challenges, and we look for cures.