At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Carmen finds clarity in a complex world.
BCG gives you a vast array of opportunities to grow.
I graduated from ESADE business school and joined BCG afterwards as an associate. My aim was to learn as much as possible, to have the opportunity to gain knowhow and expertise within the maximum number of different industries and projects possible. My time at BCG has fulfilled all my expectations, and that's why after my MBA at INSEAD I came back.
BCG is a unique place to work, and it has given me opportunities I could never have imagined. Along the way, I have worked on 17 projects across four different business sectors, each of them representing a new intellectual challenge with great opportunities to learn. I have gained vast international experience, spending four months in Dubai, six months in the UK, and a year in Colombia. All these exceptional experiences in my time at BCG have helped me to grow both professionally and personally.
Carmen holds a bachelor's and master's degree in business management from ESADE business school and an MBA from INSEAD.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I believe there are very few places where you can learn as much as you do at BCG. What I like the most are the continuous challenges: from solving complex analytical problems to developing deep knowledge of a specific industry in few weeks. During my time at BCG, I've been learning, growing, and developing every single day.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: Currently I am staffed on a project in Bogotá, supporting the turnaround of a Colombian utility. My main tasks are to define and track several KPIs and initiatives. Besides that, I do ad hoc analysis to help improve certain areas of the company. I work most of the time from the client's site, helping them to define the initiatives. During the day, I do some analysis and meet middle managers to present the results and keep track of the initiatives.
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: My most impactful volunteer experience was in rural India. It was a life lesson experience since I had to solve multiple issues I didn't expect in order to create an impact. My initial assignment to develop several microcredit organizations was at risk due to an extreme communication barrier. English wasn't spoken, and we didn't even have the same body language! I identified, through the only local who spoke English fluently, that nurseries had serious hygiene problems so I changed my assignment to give lessons on basic hygiene in the nurseries. I also shared a lot of time and experiences with the community, so not only did I try to help them and create an impact but I also discovered the fascinating Indian culture.