At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Nishi empowers and inspires others.
Early on at BCG, I learned that 80% of delivering your message effectively is putting yourself in the audience’s shoes. The remainder is tailoring it accordingly.
I majored in industrial engineering, but I loved my economics, computer science, and humanities classes as well. I enjoy learning about anything and everything! My curiosity and desire to try new things is primarily what brought me to BCG.
For my very first case at BCG, I was told it was an operations case. Having an industrial engineering background, I had a mixed reaction. I was happy to be able to leverage my degree and unhappy that it wouldn't be something new. Little did I know how wrong I'd be. With every case, the challenges are entirely different, and there's always so much to learn, irrespective of prior experiences. We don't get to be complacent! But I think that's also what sustains most of us at BCG.
Nishi holds an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech. She intends to use her experience and skills to create an impact through education reform.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
Throughout the recruiting process, I met a lot of BCGers. I was fascinated by how talented and yet how humble everyone was. Networking, an important part of recruiting, can sometimes feel forced, but BCG Welcome Weekend made me feel right at home!
The other reason I chose BCG was the firm's commitment to invest in its people. After my first-round interview, my BCG interviewer called me to provide feedback. Knowing this wasn't the norm for most firms, I was pleasantly surprised, making a mental note. Later, when I joined the firm, my first conversation with my career advisor at BCG ended with him asking me what I envisioned for my long-term career and how BCG could help me achieve it. I couldn't help but smile; I'd made the right choice after all!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The best part about our work is the endless variety. No two problems are the same, and neither is our approach. I’m constantly surprised by how different each client and each problem is. Add to that the diverse people and perspectives you come across at BCG. Adapting to different clients, working styles, and problems is a constant challenge, but also the most rewarding part of the job! It accelerates the learning process and allows me to acquire such a wide range of skills.
Q: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be and why?
I would guarantee equal access to education for each and every child. A world where a child’s access to better facilities or opportunities is not a function of his or her parents’ social and economic status. A world where everyone starts from the same starting line. In my opinion, that’s our best shot at diminishing, if not closing, the ever-widening gap between socioeconomic classes.
In addition, I don't think we ought to expand our current education system based solely on standardized tests, which teach kids to think a certain way or reward some abilities more than others. Instead, we need a more comprehensive, inclusive system that encourages different learning patterns and cultivates individual passions and talents—so that every child has the right to dream and the freedom to become what he or she dreamed of!