Senior Associate, Paris
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Anouk goes deep to understand challenges.
I was given responsibilities early on in my time at BCG: addressing an issue and presenting it to the client on my own. It is both challenging and extremely stimulating!
When I graduated from business school, BCG provided me with new opportunities. I expected great diversity from this professional experience but could not have imagined I would address so many issues and industries so quickly. Over a year, I participated in assignments in the energy, financial services, telecom, and industrial goods sectors and addressed strategy, organization, due diligence, and digital transformation issues. Even more stimulating, I soon understood that I could, in almost no time, acquire new skills and knowledge on specific and technical issues, such as the Internet of Things and IT architecture. This intensive and quick learning would not have been possible without the support and help provided on a day-to-day basis by BCGers, whatever their seniority. They sure make a difference. Their rich personality and background—and the international dimension of teams—opens up new possibilities. Onboarding is extremely quick. As from the very first days, you get acquainted with the other new hires, the members of your case team, the people you are going to share your office with, your buddy, and more. It is very reassuring to work in this good-natured environment, in which there is always someone who will answer any technical, practical, or personal question you may have!
Anouk holds a management diploma from the EMLYON Business School.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: From the very first days, I felt fully included in the BCG community. I was presented to the Paris office members, trained in BCG methods and tools, got access to all business support teams, joined a team on an assignment, and, very soon, was responsible for representing BCG in client meetings!
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: The first year is very rich in lessons of all kinds. I learned how to deal with new issues, use many sources of information (internal knowledge teams, internal and external experts, available documents, and numerous other BCG resources). I discovered a very efficient and stimulating way of thinking that is based on successive hypotheses that you test, further investigate, or simply drop. This analytical rigor goes along with a clear and simple communication style when you write slides. I also quickly developed another key skill: the facilitation of meetings and interviews, which involved learning how to adapt to the various people I talk to.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: At BCG, I found mentors and friends at all seniority levels. It is very important for your daily life, because you never feel alone. In spite of busy calendars, someone will always take the time to answer your questions, whether technical, practical, or even personal. This availability is precious, and you will find it with all the members of your office: your project leader, the partner responsible for your career development, as well as with buddies, mentors, colleagues who joined BCG at the same time as you did, and external coaches.