Senior Associate, Brussels
At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. Kenneth finds clarity in a complex world.
There are few companies that offer such a great working environment as BCG. At BCG, everybody is highly motivated without any internal politics. I love it.
I joined BCG right after finishing my PhD in energy engineering. I see myself as a broad energy expert and I considered BCG as the best next step toward this goal. One year into the job, I can say that I’ve made the right choice. I’ve had the opportunity to see several energy companies from the inside, to work with senior executives and experts, and to broaden my skill set through various trainings.
The thing that makes BCG a truly unique place for me are my colleagues. Everyone has a can-do mentality, which creates a very positive atmosphere at the office. Next to that, the company culture at BCG creates a very open and equal working environment. Everybody’s opinion is valued and given equal weight.
Kenneth holds a master’s degree in energy engineering, a master’s degree in management, and a PhD in energy engineering, all from the KU Leuven.
Q: When did you know you belonged at BCG?
A: I realized that I had a very strong personal fit with BCG during my interviews. The people I met were all shooting for the moon, but at the same time very down to earth. I could see myself working with these people day in and day out. That’s when I knew I belonged at BCG.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I’ve learned a ton of things, but to pick one: I’ve learned that you can deliver great value to organizations in a short time if you leverage all the capabilities that you have within yourself, within your team, and within BCG.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG offers a wide range of support mechanisms to let you grow and succeed, but the most defining factor in that is the people you work with on a daily basis. At BCG, I learn from the example of my colleagues (peers and more senior) every day. For instance, if I’m in a meeting with a BCG partner and a senior client to discuss a sensitive topic, I watch how the BCG partner acts. That’s the kind of thing that makes the steep learning curve at BCG easier to climb.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: During my PhD studies I specialized in one specific topic. BCG offers me the opportunity to broaden my career options in a very short period, while still working in my preferred industry. From a career-building perspective, BCG is a no-brainer. That’s the least I can say.
Q: What are you reading right now and why is it interesting?
A: Currently I’m reading a book on climate change and what we should do to stop it (“This Changes Everything,” by Naomi Klein). It’s interesting because it addresses one of the two defining challenges of our generation (according to me, the other is increasing inequality).