At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Kerim goes deep to understand challenges.
What I care about most is knowing that my work will have a tangible impact. The most rewarding part of working at BCG is witnessing the outcome of our efforts and knowing that we provided real value to our clients.
My background is in economics and finance, and BCG has allowed me to apply that knowledge to real-life situations through work in the financial services and private equity industries. In addition, I was given the opportunity to work on other fascinating and stimulating projects in retail, industrial goods, and energy.
BCG appealed to me from the beginning because of the importance the firm places on my personal development and growth. Ever since joining as a summer associate, countless BCGers have provided me with mentorship and guidance to ensure my success. People at BCG truly care about their colleagues and will go out of their way to help them. My experience at the firm has made me realize that BCG really is more than a company—it is an extended and very supportive family.
Kerim holds a bachelor of commerce degree in economics and finance (joint honours) from McGill University.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: The most interesting international experience I have had at BCG was when I was given the opportunity to work in Stockholm for two months. The firm is very open to its consultants gaining international exposure as it allows them to build a network across BCG offices, explore different industries and projects, and discover new countries and cultures. In my case, the experience allowed me to work in private equity, an industry that interests me and that is predominant in Sweden, and to meet people I could have never met without BCG.
Q: What is something that has surprised you about working at BCG?
A: What surprised me the most when I joined BCG was the amount of responsibility given to me. Even as a first-year associate, my opinion was always valued as equally as that of my more senior colleagues. I remember the principal on my first case explaining that "BCG hires associates, not analysts, since we expect everyone at the firm, even the most junior member on the team, to go beyond analysis and to provide their own opinion."
Q: What are some of your volunteer or charitable work experiences?
A: Since joining BCG, I have been co-leading a mentoring program for underprivileged youth in Montréal. We invite the students to biweekly sessions held in the BCG Montréal office, during which we discuss subjects that will help them professionally regardless of the career they choose. Topics we cover include CV writing, networking, personal finance, negotiation, and entrepreneurship, among others. Working with those young people is extremely rewarding, as it gives us the opportunity to touch human lives and potentially change the trajectory of a student—just another way BCG allows us to realize impact.