One of the things I love most about working at BCG is being able to truly have a global experience, supporting clients on the ground across North America, Europe, and Asia—something that would not have been possible in a different career.
My goal has always been to work at the interface of science and business, building on my academic training and time working in venture capital. BCG’s global footprint, deep sector expertise, extensive network, and culture of encouraging employees to “chart your own course” has made it the ideal place to achieve that goal. My project experience to date has largely been supporting global biopharma clients on a variety projects, including developing the launch strategy for an innovative diabetes drug, setting a company’s overall growth strategy, and designing a next-generation medical and R&D function.
Coming from a nontraditional background was one of the things I worried about most before joining BCG. But the training I received when I started, both on the job and in BCG’s structured training programs, quickly set me up for success. A highlight was attending BCG’s Business Essentials Program. Recent hires with similar nonbusiness backgrounds (PhDs, MDs, and lawyers) were flown to London for two weeks of MBA courses taught by professors from world-leading programs. It was a great opportunity to get to know a bunch of other BCGers with unique experience—a network I’m still in touch with today.
Michael graduated with a first-class honors degree in Biology from Queen’s University, Canada, and earned his DPhil in Zoology from Oxford University,UK where he was the Hope Scholar.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: There is no such thing as a typical day at BCG—which I love. A given day could involve facilitating client meetings and workshops, working with my BCG team to crack a tough client problem, writing and reviewing PowerPoint decks, interviewing experts, working on a proposal for a new project, interviewing potential BCG candidates, doing a client site tour, or attending a BCG practice area meeting. The variety in the day-to-day work at BCG is one of the reasons I continue to stay excited about the job.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: BCGers tend to have the following six traits. They are wicked smart, have endless energy, are willing to go above and beyond to ensure their clients are well served, are true team players (often putting the team above themselves), and are passionate about becoming an expert in their field. Most important, BCGers are well-rounded and all have priorities outside of work—whether it be family and friends, taking exercise, volunteering in their communities, or a wide range of other interests that they make their work fit around.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: During my six years at BCG, I have spent time in more than 15 countries across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The highlight of my career so far was being selected to participate in the BCG Ambassador Program, where I transferred to the Tokyo office for one year. This experience allowed me to gain firsthand experience working in a new culture and learning about a new market. In addition, I broadened my BCG network by being deeply imbedded in the firm’s Asia-Pacific system.