At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Olivia goes deep to understand challenges.
BCG really focuses on you as an individual, working to identify your strengths and challenging you with cases to hone these talents and gain new skills. It mentors you every step of the way.
BCG came highly recommended for those with an academic background like me. I was drawn to BCG by its ethos of rigorous analytical working combined with creative thinking, both as an individual and in teams. BCG really values the skills that you develop as a PhD student and supports you to develop other talents.
I am a very curious person, and BCG provides a fantastic opportunity to keep learning by working on complex and interesting cases. For me, these have ranged from understanding the pricing capability of telecom companies to elucidating how best to support a charity's refugee response. I think one of the main assets of BCG is its people, who have a diverse range of experiences and are united by their motivation and collaborative nature. I find it really exciting to see what a group of BCGers can accomplish in a short time frame through focus, iterative processes, and support among team members.
Olivia holds a PhD and an MSc in neuroscience from the University of Oxford. As an undergraduate, she studied natural sciences, specializing in zoology, at the University of Cambridge.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG gives you the chance to work on high-level projects from the start and, crucially, supports you with expert supervision from a range of senior colleagues. I receive extremely useful regular informal and formal feedback tailored to my needs. This allows me to develop quickly, and I find it a huge privilege that I get to learn something new every day.
Q: What inspires you about BCG?
A: Everyone possesses a relentless desire to make a difference, and it makes for a dynamic and inspiring environment. I work with really driven and intelligent people from interesting backgrounds who are friendly, modest, and don't take themselves too seriously. I particularly appreciate people's willingness to give their time to you, whether this is to share their own experience, explain new concepts, or even show you how to do something practical in Excel!
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: For me, spending time with friends and family is really important. I also love art and food, so London is a fantastic place to live. The BCG London office even has the Wallace Collection on its doorstep, with some beautiful paintings by Canaletto! Further afield, travelling to see wildlife and nature photography are two of my favorite things, and I was lucky to spend my last summer holiday camping hundreds of miles from anywhere looking for arctic wolves.