At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Jean empowers and inspires others.
Whatever your past experiences are, as long as you are willing to learn there is no limit to what you can learn at BCG.
After eight years working for energy and logistics companies, I was at a turning point in my career where I needed a challenge. That’s what I found at BCG, and that’s what it is still like after four years.
Challenges are on multiple levels: getting to know a client and its industry quickly and deeply, building new relationships every day, getting from one problem to another, helping my project team members grow and fulfill themselves, maintaining a good work-life balance. But challenges are exciting and make my life as a BCGer full and rewarding.
Jean holds a master's degree in economics, specializing in finance and business management, from the University of Brussels. Prior to BCG, he acquired eight years of experience in France and Belgium working in corporate finance, supply chain, and corporate development for energy and logistics companies.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: When I compare BCG with previous work experience, the two things that come to mind are the people and the continuous opportunities to learn and develop skills. I had expected the quality of the people, but I never expected to have such a good fit with my fellow BCGers. No matter the time or topic, you will always find someone who brings an interesting perspective to the discussion. At BCG, there is not a day when you don't learn something from your colleagues.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: Being an industry hire, my first learning was that even though I had eight years of work experience I had to learn a completely different way of working and thinking. For any industry hire, the first year is definitely the hardest but it also was the year I learned the most. Developing new skills didn't mean that I had to forget my past, but I learned to think and work differently. I tend to consider my first year as a demanding MBA that will help my career going forward, whether it is consulting or industry.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: Maintaining a good work-life balance is the biggest challenge you will face in your BCG career. There is no magic answer, but I can tell you my way of managing it. To give a little context, I joined BCG in 2012 with a nine-month-old baby, and my wife was working full time. Since then, I had a second kid. To have a sustainable career, you need a very clear view of your priorities and then organize your work around these. For me, my family is the priority and I protect time in the evening to be with them: put my kids to bed, have dinner with my wife, and then I resume working. Naturally you have to be flexible, but you also have to be clear about your own limits. If you don't have limits, you'll struggle to have a sustainable career.