At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Brierley connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
At BCG, you’re constantly invited to challenge the status quo, and to fundamentally rethink the way that our clients operate. Right from day one, my opinion felt valued and respected, and I’ve had the opportunity to really build ownership over my work and drive tangible outcomes for the clients that I’ve worked with.
I joined BCG straight out of an undergraduate degree in law and finance, moving to Sydney from New Zealand to start work. My goal is to work across as many different industries and clients as possible during my time here. I love the challenge of learning about new sectors and business challenges, and building relationships with new groups of clients and BCGers. That’s certainly something that I have been able to achieve; in just one year, I have worked for clients in industries ranging from the public sector to financial services to energy, and developed a range of functional skills.
One of the things that has surprised me most about BCG is the depth of the relationships that I have built here. BCG provides a great environment in which to develop great friendships with your colleagues; there are always new people joining the office from all corners of the globe, which makes it a very welcoming, fun, and exciting place to work.
Brierley holds a bachelor of law (honors) and bachelor of commerce from the University of Auckland.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the variety and flexibility that working at BCG provides. The fact that one week I can be helping to develop the digital strategy for one of Australia’s biggest banks and the next I can be working on government policy for one of our public sector clients continues to excite me and keeps me engaged and interested in the work I am doing.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I learned that every team member, no matter how experienced, has something to contribute when developing solutions to our clients’ problems. I’ve learned to be confident in my own opinions, and that sometimes the input you can bring, as someone who has spent three days learning about a business, is just as valuable as someone who has been working in the industry for 30 years. One year in, I would never have expected myself to be confident enough to walk into a meeting with senior clients or BCG team members, and be given the opportunity to own and present content on hugely important strategic issues.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: Sustainability is incredibly important to me, and I’ve been able to balance a number of personal priorities around my role at BCG. I set clear goals each week around the things that I want to achieve outside of work, whether that be weekly touch rugby games on a Wednesday evening, gym classes, or dinners with friends, and communicate that to my project leader to ensure that these things can happen. BCGers make a real effort to ensure that personal commitments are respected – it makes for a much more positive team environment!!