Project Leader, Prague
At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Monika is unafraid to try new things.
The best part of working at BCG is the people. Even though the projects may sometimes be short, in all my cases there’s been a strong team spirit. We have stimulating discussions during team meetings, everyone is supportive and genuinely wants to help, and at the same time it’s fun to grab lunch or try out a new rooftop lounge for a case team event.
Choosing to study politics at university meant leaving many doors open career-wise. And even after completing internships in different sectors and joining a graduate scheme in an investment bank, I realized I was not ready to settle down in one industry, function, or country. There were too many interesting options out there, and having the opportunity to explore them—and understand and help solve the challenges the different companies were facing—was much more intriguing. This is the primary reason that drove me to consulting, and my expectations have been met and often exceeded in many ways.
BCG has given me the opportunity to be part of international teams and experience two very different regions: Europe and the Middle East. I have worked on many different topics for clients in the public and private sector, as well as in the social-impact (pro-bono) sphere. Every project has been unique, and no day has been the same. A steep and never-ending learning curve and consulting are often quoted together, and my experience fully supports this. I don’t think there is another career where even after several years you leave work every single day knowing you learned something new.
Monika holds an MSc in European public policy from University College London and a BA in history and international relations from Royal Holloway, University of London. She originally joined the Prague office in 2012 and then transferred to Dubai in 2014.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: One of my favorite hobbies is traveling, and living in Dubai puts me in the perfect spot. In the last year alone, I used up all my vacation days exploring new places, and I visited seven new countries in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. I also enjoy reading novels, nonfiction, and psychology books (being airborne is also the perfect time too), and I do yoga and run on the beach whenever I want to switch off.
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: I helped define a five-year strategy for a Central and Eastern European consumer goods company. It had been just acquired by a private equity firm, and the new owner had set very ambitious revenue targets for it. My team came back the following year for a brief strategy review, and it was extremely satisfying to learn that by implementing the strategy we helped them develop, the client was hitting or even exceeding all targets. Reading about their success in the media also felt rewarding, and even more so when I recognized numbers and facts from my slides in a CEO interview in a national newspaper.
Q: How has your network grown as part of working at BCG?
A: Working for BCG is a never-ending opportunity to meet new people. During our projects, we work with leaders in businesses and the public sector, often with decades of experience under their belt. And within the firm, we constantly interact with colleagues from all across the world. Interacting with colleagues from both home and other offices is obvious, but networking at BCG goes much beyond that. I have completed trainings with my cohort from all the Europe and Middle East offices, met female colleagues from the same regions at an annual BCG women’s conference, and played volleyball against other offices at a European tournament.