Senior Associate, Taipei
At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Ray goes deep to understand challenges.
The best part of working at BCG are the opportunities I'm given to solve the most complex business issues with the most intelligent and fun people.
My background is in physics and energy engineering, but BCG has given me the chance to take on challenges in a variety of industries. During the first year of my BCG career, I worked in multiple industries, including wealth management, insurance, travel and tourism, sports, integrated-circuit design, information and communication technology equipment, and children's charity. All of the cases have been fascinating journeys full of learning and impact created for clients.
The most exciting part of working at BCG is creating real impact for the client, and knowing that the insights can be from any team member regardless of seniority. One of my BCG "aha" moments happened in an early case for a leading Asian financial holding company. After the chairman listened to an analysis I did, he turned to the dozens of executives there and said, "This is an important insight to our current model, and we shall consider to evolve it going forward." That was the moment I realized that even as the most junior member of the team my opinion was fully valued and could create huge impact to the client.
Ray holds an MS degree in project management for environmental and energy engineering from École des Mines de Nantes, and a BS degree in physics from National Taiwan University.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG has supported my growth by letting me face the most challenging business issues with the best teams and resources. For instance, we once helped a global integrated-circuit designer develop Internet of Things strategy and find domain partners in only a few weeks! This success was only possible because of the great efforts the team made to drive insights and BCG's network to connect to key domain players. Every time I look back at this case, I feel surprised and proud of the achievement we made in such a short time frame—a mission that was only possible because of the team and resources we had.
Q: If you could compare what you do with any other job, what would you say?
A: It's very difficult for me to imagine another place besides BCG that could enable my personal growth at such a fast pace and expose me to various industries in different countries. During the past two years at BCG, I have learned how to analyze complex business issues through a structured approach and communicate with high-level executives in various industries. I've also had the chance to work in more than six countries with an international team. In terms of personal growth and diversity, it would be difficult to compare other jobs to BCG.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside the office?
A: I'm an amateur swing dancer and also passionate about European cooking. I learned swing dancing about three years ago when the trend in Taiwan first picked up, and I have participated in a few international festivals since then. I'm also a passionate amateur cook and have delivered a talk at TEDxGongguan about a 30-day cooking project I accomplished. Both of these hobbies are my favorite activities outside of the office, providing relaxing moments to my busy consulting life.