The best part of working at BCG is working on a diverse stream of topics with real impact and challenging yourself to go beyond your comfort zone.
My background is rooted in the social sciences. My education was focused on public policy, and I worked in research and the nonprofit sector. Following my graduate degree, I decided to join BCG so that I could work in a profession where I could see the impact of the work. I knew BCG was doing great public-sector work, particularly in the Middle East. I wanted to use the knowledge and skills I had amassed to work in an environment that would enable government to implement real change. While at BCG, I have had the opportunity to focus my efforts on the public sector engaging in high-profile projects with truly meaningful impact for our governmental clients and the people they serve. But what I found even more invigorating about BCG was the people and how quickly friendships are formed. You truly feel part of a team here, where everyone is truly valued.
Mira holds a BA in sociology from the American University of Beirut, an MSc in development studies from LSE, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I really enjoy the problem-solving nature of the job. You are constantly pushed and challenged to come up with even better solutions and recommendations for your client. The iterative process and high-paced environment are definitely challenging but also rewarding when you can see your work come to implementation and completion. There is never a dull moment, as projects are ever-changing in nature, scope, and topic—so learning becomes an integral part of the job.
Q: If you weren’t working at BCG, what would you be doing?
A: If I wasn’t working at BCG, I would probably like to work directly in government and be involved in shaping policy. I would enjoy working on projects and policies that could positively impact people’s lives—similar to the type of impact I have been able to have at BCG. Particularly at this time, coming from a country heavily affected by the refugee crisis, I would definitely be interested in working on policies aimed at integrating and providing for refugees, be it through education provision, health care, or other aid.
Q: If you could go back in time and tell your 18-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
A: I would probably tell myself to doubt myself less. I believe that women, particularly younger women, have a high tendency to doubt their own capabilities, even when they have no reason to. Everyone doubts himself or herself and feels as if they might be alone in having that feeling. Looking back, I would try to put my younger self’s mind more at ease. Confidence doesn’t come from external achievements. It’s being ok with oneself with all our mistakes—and accomplishments.