At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Willemijn connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
I truly believe BCG is the best possible start for my career. I started a high-paced learning trajectory the day I set foot in the BCG office.
I applied for an internship at BCG because strategy consulting promised me exactly what I was looking for: a focus on personal development and the opportunity to create significant business impact.
And BCG did not prove me wrong. I believe there are few other firms where you can have true impact on leading global enterprises from the day you start your career. I really enjoy the diversity of our work. For example, I have helped executive committees to improve how they work as a team, supported a bank in transforming its organization to become more like Spotify, and assisted Het Concertgebouw in improving the way it prices its tickets.
But mostly, the steep learning curve and the highly talented people who work at BCG have challenged me to grow every day in my two-and-a-half exciting years here.
Willemijn holds an MSc in chemical engineering from the Delft University of Technology, specializing in nuclear science. After an internship at BCG before graduation, she joined BCG's Amsterdam office in September 2013
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I believe there are few other firms where you can have true impact on leading global enterprises from the day you start your career—and where you can be a part of such a diverse learning environment.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I try to be very clear about what is important. At work this means I am continuously thinking about priorities to make sure I am only doing the right things and not spending too much time on topics that do not contribute to achieving a successful project result.
Q: What are you reading right now and why is it interesting?
A: Vasily Grossman's Life and Faith—one of the most compelling books I have ever read. In the style of Tolstoy's War and Peace, it tells the events happening to different members of one family against the backdrop of the Nazi invasion of Russia. Interesting fact: manuscripts, carbon copies, and notebooks, as well as the typists' copies and even the typewriter ribbons, were destroyed by the Russian KGB in 1960. The book only got published because one manuscript survived the raid, hidden in a plastic bag in a friend's wardrobe.