At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Lien goes deep to understand challenges.
BCG's commitment to excellence promotes a positive, dynamic, and challenging work environment where I can see the positive impact of my efforts and at the same time greatly increase my personal skills and capabilities.
I have a background in business engineering and got to know BCG during my studies when doing a six-week internship. I quickly was persuaded that BCG would be a fantastic place to start my career because of its strong commitment to providing customers with excellent quality, based on dedication and deep experience.
This commitment to excellence promotes a positive, dynamic, and challenging work environment where I have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and see the positive impact of my efforts and, at the same time, greatly increase my personal skills and capabilities.
Lien holds a master’s degree in business engineering from KU Leuven. Prior to joining BCG full-time, she was a visiting associate in the summer of 2012.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: Everyone has different reasons. For me, graduating from university, I wanted my first employer to invest a lot in its people to develop themselves, and when I talked to various BCG'ers during my application process I realized that BCG does this more than any other company. Three years later, reflecting on that, it's crazy how much I have learned at BCG, thanks to the variety of on-the-job experiences combined with the richness of BCG's learning-and-development program. Comprehensive local and regional training programs teach you core consulting skills and give you the opportunity to meet international colleagues. I participate regularly in trainings to improve my presence, polish my presentation skills, learn my own strengths and weaknesses and build leadership and coaching skills.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: One of my most interesting international experiences took place during my internship at BCG. I participated in a pro-bono project for SOS Children's Villages, an NGO partner of BCG in Brussels. Our project was aimed at improving the sustainability and cost effectiveness of a mother and child hospital in Togo. We worked closely with the medical team of the hospital to identify improvement areas and concrete action plans. It has been a unique experience, discovering a very different context compared with the businesses that BCG usually advises. I was honored by being able to contribute a little bit to the tremendous work that SOS CV's volunteers and staff realize in the villages and hospitals.
Q: What does being a mentor mean to you?
A: Being a mentor can be a truly rewarding experience. As a mentor, you listen and share ideas with your mentee in order to foster personal insight. You can contribute to both personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge you learned through years of experience. This supplements the more formal training and coaching the mentee receives from the company he or she works for. For me, it's important that the relationship is built on mutual respect. While the primary intent of a mentoring role is to challenge the mentee to think in new and different ways, he or she is not the only one who gains from the relationship. As a mentor, there are various ways you can benefit as well. Mentoring allows you to strengthen your coaching and leadership skills by working with individuals from different backgrounds and with different personality types, which can make it a rewarding experience for you as well.