A BCG mentor told me, 'Once you have set a target, you just go and get it. Forget about any distraction or obstacle on the path.'
I graduated in business administration with a master’s degree in management and a sincere passion about exploring the world from different angles, including geographies, cultures, and other perspectives. As a student, BCG was a target employer for me. Once I received an offer of employment, it became the starting point for a series of achievements. Thanks to BCG I have had the opportunity to work in very different contexts in terms of practices, teams, clients, and regions, including spending time in the start-up landscape between my internship and the associate period. I have learned at least one important lesson per day, and I have had the opportunity to meet brilliant colleagues and new friends.
I believe the passion about life and work, the concentration of talent, the global footprint, the continuous push out of the comfort zone, and the attention to its people makes BCG a unique place to work.
Francesco holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a master’s in management from Bocconi University, with two semesters abroad in Norges Handleshoyschole (NHH) and Copenhagen Business School (CBS).
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: For some reason, I have always aspired to join BCG, since the first years of university. I never considered applying to any other consulting company; it was a make-or-break situation. Since then, several episodes reinforced this feeling, like when I go to my former university and present on behalf of BCG, or when I get this special feeling of pride when talking with friends, listening to their experiences and comparing them with mine. It feels really good to think, “I’m a BCGer.”
Q: How have you benefited from a mentoring relationship at BCG?
A: I believe there is a mentor in every BCGer. I've received useful advice talking to everyone, every day. Every BCGer carries amazing life and work experiences that you can learn from. Aside from this, I would say there are a couple of people I consider my mentors, and I seek their advice every time I am thinking of taking a career-related step and even steps in my personal life. How do I benefit from this? As an example, my decision to transfer to the Dubai office can be traced back to a conversation with one of these two mentors.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: During my time at BCG, I have had the chance to get involved in other groups that diversified my experience. As an example, for three years I have been a volunteer coach for Business@School, an initiative promoted by BCG to coach a team of high school students and guide them to analyze balance sheets, prepare presentations about corporate strategy, and develop a business idea and a business plan. I started this experience fascinated by the opportunity to teach something to someone, and I finished it discovering that I took out of it much more than I gave in terms of learning.