Consultant, Kuala Lumpur
At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Jing Ting connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
The best part about working at BCG is the transferability of skills (analysis, stakeholder management, team contribution, creative problem solving) beyond professional settings! Taking the strategic lens helps to resolve problems big and small in a more structured and amicable manner.
I studied law because I wanted to solve problems, and my consulting career at BCG has allowed me to do the same across a range of industries and functions: including banking mergers, acquisition strategies, industrial goods improvement, and nonprofit business model development.
At BCG, there is an immense amount of trust levied on one from the get-go: clients trust you to jointly solve problems, and colleagues trust you to jointly deliver results. Being at BCG accelerated my learning and exposed me to executive-level thinking and decision making from early on.
My favorite moments are unfailingly the heartfelt "we did it" and "thank you" sentiments from clients and colleagues-turned-friends at the end of cases.
Jing Ting holds an MA (honors) in law from the University of Cambridge.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: There's nary a dull moment as a consultant at BCG. When I first joined, I was advised to "enjoy the ride," and what a ride it has been! From gleaming skyscrapers in Tokyo and Singapore to dusty manufacturing yards and plants in Malaysia and Indonesia, I have found friends on both sides of the table, BCGers and clients alike. Outside of the usual case work, I have also had the opportunity to coauthor a report and attend the 2015 World Economic Forum in Jakarta.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: How down-to-earth everyone is! I remember having this feeling when I first visited the Kuala Lumpur office for my interviews. Fresh out of school and quaking in my proverbial boots, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop even as I was warmly greeted by a succession of people, from our recruiting coordinator, Lily, to the interviewers. A handful of years on, I'm happy to say that the collegiate, if not familial, office environment has remained.
Q: How have you benefited from a mentoring relationship at BCG?
A: My mentors at BCG have helped me navigate through different career steps: as a young associate, a seasoned consultant, and in my brief, unorthodox, yet thrilling, role of being the Southeast Asia-based assistant to our chairman. My mentors have always been there as friendly listeners, to challenge me to grow further, and also to remind me not to take myself too seriously. In short, my mentors have made BCG feel like family.