At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Jihane seeks a new perspective.
A mentor suggested that I should not be afraid of pushing the limits of my ambitions. There is a limit to all things, and one must go beyond, always.
Before joining BCG, I had already worked in the consulting business for two years, which gave me a very rich experience: great projects in vary diverse business sectors. Yet I missed a true international dimension. At BCG, I knew that I would be able to work outside France. Whether on a one-off or an ongoing basis, opportunities for international work are made possible by the global nature of staffing and clients. Also, when I joined BCG, I chose the company for its other tremendous assets: talent, values, and taste for challenges.
I graduated from ESCP Europe, with a major in law and financial engineering. I first chose corporate finance with internships in the M&A and private equity areas and then turned to strategy consulting. In three years, I took part in projects in as many different industries as health care, industrial goods, financial services, and energy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The impossibility of getting bored. The succession of assignments and issues helps us grow on so many levels. Without even realizing it, you develop strengths and qualities that you did not know you had or that have gone underexploited. From one project to the next, there are so many possibilities in terms of issues, teams, clients, geographies, and so on. There is only one constant: high-quality standards. No need to say that nothing can ever be taken for granted. At BCG, the rule is to always do better.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: As always, there is theory and practice. At BCG, you never stop going back and forth between them and the learning curve is all the quicker for it. The first year has two important milestones: two one-week training courses nine months apart, in an international environment. Then, the daily learning process continues, thanks to direct contacts with teams and clients.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: When I arrived at BCG, I was deeply impressed by the quality of services and resources provided to us. They do everything they can to make our workdays comfortable. Whether you need IT support, help on the production of a slide, translation, specific training, or information on an issue you are addressing, at BCG you will always find someone who will answer your questions and give you a hand.