At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Carlos challenges the status quo.
BCG offers me what I look for in a job: diversity of problems to solve, smart and dedicated people united in a team, and the ability to impact the businesses around me and thus my society.
I graduated in economics and went directly to BCG, encouraged by the promise of intellectual challenges, responsibility, and influence over the business landscape. BCG hasn’t fallen short of my high expectations. In these eight years, I have been able to project my own perspective on the work BCG delivers as an advisor to an economics minister, in the middle of a large restructuring of a bank's real estate exposure, and in preparing a company to embrace the future opportunities the world will offer.
The relevance of the work I've done can only be matched by the learning curve I've pushed through. It's actually an incredible moment when I look back and reflect on how I was when I started and how much I've evolved since then. This sense of my own development and accomplishment is precious and only possible because we're constantly surrounded by like-minded people—colleagues who become friends and who are eager to support each other in this journey.
Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from NOVA SBE.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: At BCG, I've been able to experience both other parts of Europe (beyond Portugal) and also Africa. I must say that working in Africa as part of BCG was a truly remarkable experience, not only professional but also personal. It's a completely different setting both in terms of business culture and the dynamic challenges that companies face. When surrounded by all these new perspectives, we react by embracing them and thus assuming that diversity is an integral part of our world and a key element in business.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: For me, it's about understanding what each of us really needs in order to feel we are having a sustainable career and then acting upon achievable goals that make those needs a reality. Of course, this leads inevitably to a higher prioritization of your efforts, achieved by having open and frequent conversations with your manager and by leveraging the portfolio of productivity tools and concepts that BCG makes available to you. Additionally, it's important that you clearly decide that you want to spend a part of your career in a fast-paced environment and with that accept that sometimes an extra effort will be needed in order to succeed.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: In general, I would say you should approach BCG in five steps: first, get to know BCG better (such as by visiting our website or talking to our recruiting team); second, really decide you want to be part of BCG, meaning define that immediate objective for yourself; third, develop your profile and professional story of why we should add you to our team; fourth, prepare thoroughly for the interview process, using the many available resources (BCG's website, BCG's recruiting team, and typical consulting cases available online); fifth, be calm and enjoy the process since you will at least get to learn something and become more aware of what BCG and strategy/business consulting are all about.