At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Nicole seeks a new perspective.
I knew that I wanted to start my career wherever I could learn the fastest. BCG brings together the two most important pieces of that puzzle: large-scale, complex problems, and the brilliant, tenacious people who will solve them.
When I joined BCG, I knew the standard recruiting messages: you will learn at an incredible pace, gain exposure to senior and C-level executives, and create a tangible impact. But I was skeptical—the job sounded too good to be true.
Then, in my third week at BCG, I was given my own module, which is a small piece of the broader case that I would be solving independently. As a summer intern, I was sitting in on meetings with the CEO of the firm. I worked with a Canadian retailer to help them improve their in-store assortment—changes that I would be able to see in the aisles when I shopped there.
Now I realize just how accurate the recruiting messages were. It’s been a privilege to start my career at a company that not only provides these types of experiences, but also empowers me to excel throughout them.
Nicole graduated from Ivey Business School and Western University with degrees in Business Administration and English Literature.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working at BCG has made me realize the unique role that management consultants play in the business world. Consultants, and especially BCGers, are at the forefront of decision-making globally; the problems that we partner with clients to solve move industries forward. This dynamic is what I like most about BCG: only here would I get the opportunity to be behind the scenes as decisions at this scale are made.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: During recruiting, I knew that I wanted to prioritize two things: continuous learning, and a supportive environment to do it in. The more I got to know firms in the industry, the more I realized that BCG was that place. From day one in this job, I’ve felt fully supported and integrated into the firm, which in turn gave me the confidence that I needed to learn and grow.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: Supportive. My favorite BCG memory so far happened shortly after I started my first heavy analytical module. A few days in, one of my mentors asked me how I was feeling about my work. I told her that, quite honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. Within a few hours, I was on the phone with two senior consultants who my mentor had immediately introduced me to, both of whom had done similar work before. I now know that this willingness to go above and beyond to help others is engrained in BCG’s culture, and it’s what continually impresses me about the firm.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: The best recruiting advice I received was from a BCGer who helped me prepare for first round interviews. I asked her what my strategies for the interview should be, and she said something to the effect of, “What do you mean, your strategies? Just be yourself!” In retrospect, she was exactly right. Many smart people can crack a case interview, but it takes a special blend of personality, intelligence, and tenacity to be a BCGer. If I could go back and redo everything, I would spend a lot less time on my ‘strategy’ and more time emphasizing and communicating what made me unique.