At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Paula challenges the status quo.
The best thing a BCG mentor told me was that BCG can be the place each one of us wants it to be. We as individuals are responsible for making BCG the platform that will allow us to accomplish our goals in life.
I joined BCG right after graduating from ESADE, as my first full-time position. In these two years, BCG has truly been committed to my professional growth. Every time I start a new project, I discuss with my managers the areas I especially want to focus on as part of my development, and they are always supportive of my requests.
For example, I am rather prudent and therefore not a person who naturally speaks in meetings—in particular, when the audience is very senior. When I started the project I am currently working on, I talked about this with my project leader—and from day one, he encouraged me to present the conclusions of my analysis in internal meetings or in meetings with the partners. Now I'm much more comfortable every time I make an intervention!
Paula holds a business administration degree from ESADE Business School in Barcelona and is currently studying a degree in law through distance learning. She wants to pursue an MBA in the US in the near future.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: In my first year, I learned that leveraging existing knowledge and resources within BCG is the key to success at any point in the professional career of a Consultant. The company has a wide network of experts and tools at our disposal that can become indispensable in some case situations. Knowing who the right person to ask is or where to look for a certain type of information can make a huge difference in the outcome of the project.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: The most interesting international experience I've had is a due diligence project I did in Stockholm for a very important private equity firm. The target was a medtech company with operations in several countries in Europe, and the goal was to understand how sustainable industry growth was. Our team was truly international. Our manager was from the US, and we were four associates and consultants from Sydney, Stockholm, Milan, and Barcelona. Each one was responsible for assessing our home market, and then we had to work as a team to see how our conclusions fit together and develop a final recommendation to the client.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: I have been a part of the Women@BCG team in Madrid since I joined BCG two years ago. Our main goal is to ensure BCG is a real platform for women to succeed, and therefore we have defined a lot of initiatives to ensure higher recruiting and retention rates for women. Among other efforts, we have launched a mentoring/coaching program for female consultants and pushed forward a plan to increase day-to-day flexibility at work. In addition, we organize affiliation meetings for the female consultants to enhance bonding.