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Gökçe Is a Courageous Explorer

Principal, Istanbul

At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Gökçe has the courage to take action.

The best part of working at BCG is the people you work with every day and the larger BCG international community that you become a lifetime member of.

Gökçe

In Gökçe’s Words

After I finished my engineering degree, I started my career in banking. I enjoyed its analytical dimension, but after six years I decided to get an MBA in order to broaden my horizons and pursue new opportunities. What attracted me most to consulting was the opportunity to learn constantly and to work with very bright, diverse people.

At BCG I found what I was looking for. BCG provides a lot of opportunities to learn and make an impact on the client, supporting me with a global network of individuals ready to help whenever necessary. I have had projects in five industries across several functional areas and have been working with people from all over the world. This exposure has helped me discern and later focus on the areas I am passionate about. At BCG, you always get the chance to shape your career with the aid of your career advisors, mentors, and leadership team.

About Gökçe

Gökçe holds management science and engineering BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD. She has lived in Turkey, the US, the UK, France, and Singapore.

Q&A

Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?

A: For me, the most interesting international experience at BCG was the project I led for WFP (World Food Programme). Our project was about how to achieve "zero hunger" in the world. Our focus was to define what each country and the NGOs active in that country have to do to eradicate chronic hunger. We traveled every week to Rome to the WFP headquarters and also did on-the-ground research in India, Senegal, and Peru to learn from best practices. It was an unforgettable experience for our team.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?

A: I would advise someone who wants to work at BCG to always be open minded, solution oriented, down-to-earth, and genuine. I would recommend networking with as many BCG people as possible prior to interviews to get to know the culture.

Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?

A: I love traveling and all the people I work with closely know and respect this priority. Over the past seven years, I have been able to keep all my travel plans intact. During these travels, I've discovered many new places. I like to experience diverse cultures and explore nature's treasures. The most memorable trips have been my trip to Japan, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Miyajima; sailing and diving through the Palawan islands; visiting Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls during my South America trip; and exploring Angkor Wat; and diving in Sipadan.

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