At BCG, Explorers are unafraid to embark on new journeys. They try new solutions to untangle complex problems and drive transformational change. Nizar challenges the status quo.
At BCG, I learnt that impact on an assignment comes from collective experience, from the team’s tenacity and creativity.
I hold a business degree and started my career in the banking industry in Paris, London, and Dubai before joining an investment fund in Abu Dhabi. I then felt the need to take up a new challenge and expand my knowledge of companies. When I joined the Casablanca office of BCG, I could not imagine how quick my learning curve would be. Each assignment is a new experience and a new challenge.
BCG's industrial, functional, and geographic expertise is tremendous, but what fascinates me most is the availability of experts, and how easy and quick it is to find international "best practices" or recommendations based on relevant experiences. The collaborative culture is very strong and facilitated greatly by common values. BCG taught me to take my reflection one step further and address each issue in a unique and creative way that will maximize the value we bring to clients.
Nizar holds a business degree from ESCP Europe, where he majored in finance and capital markets. Before joining BCG, Nizar worked in investment banking and private equity for seven years.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The work environment at BCG is dynamic and cosmopolitan. Several times during the year, we work on various industries and issues within different teams. This continuous learning is reinforced by a highly diversified training program and a huge number of development tools. Whatever our seniority, we are empowered and bring true value-added to the assignments we take part in.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: There is no such thing as a typical day at BCG. Of course, we work on our assignment on a day-to-day basis, but what we have to do—and how we do it—changes based on how our reflection evolves, on the discussions with clients, or as a result of analyses. We often take part in internal and external progress meetings, as well as informal gatherings to optimize the end result.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: BCG is like a big family with a very strong culture of belonging and values shared by all. Whatever our seniority, our opinion matters, we are respected, and we get exposure internally and externally. I joined BCG to keep on learning every day and continue taking up challenges. I wanted to achieve personal and professional fulfillment while having an impact on the socioeconomic development of the countries where our clients operate.
Q: How have you benefitted from a mentoring relationship at BCG?
A: As soon as I arrived at BCG, I was given the name of my “buddy.” As I had already worked before joining BCG, I had a lot of questions on the specifics of the consulting business and career development at BCG. Our meetings and discussions have been extremely important and useful. Onboarding is pragmatic and open. This way of doing things suits my personality well. Beyond the assigned buddy, several members of the office have naturally become mentors. They help us improve our performance and development.
Q: If you could go back in time and tell your 18-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
A: Try to learn one new thing every day, through your personal and professional experiences. Travel, and show an interest in other cultures in order to have a global vision and be able to adapt to various situations. This open-mindedness makes us richer and builds who we are.