BCG supported my growth by allowing me to lead multiple work streams on a longer project, ensuring I develop multiple capabilities and always continue to learn.
My background is in operations in the consumer packaged goods industry, but since starting at BCG, I've been able to gain significant experience in another industry that always interested me—health care. Working in an area I knew little about has really challenged me to grow and ask lots of questions. I also know that my work will make a positive impact on patients in the future, so I'm certainly proud of that.
I learned early on that despite your prior experience, you can quickly become an expert in a space at BCG. This leads to tremendous opportunity to develop, as the client quickly relies on you to be a senior advisor and looks to you for the answers, regardless of your tenure at the firm. Before I started, I heard a lot about the importance of gaining the client's trust and respect, but now I've been able to see firsthand just how much value we bring in supporting and partnering with each client to deliver impact.
Rochelle holds a chemical engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I have not even been at BCG for six months, and already I know I have learned so much. I think back to when I started and have already seen a significant improvement in my skills across multiple dimensions: quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, presenting in client meetings, and conceptual thinking. Plus, I can make some pretty nice looking slides.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: I think what I've noticed most about what defines a BCGer is someone who is not okay settling for the easy answer if they don't believe it's the right answer. I've observed BCGers asking question upon question in order to get to the best answer, despite how complex or challenging it might be.
Q: What groups or organizations have you gotten involved with at BCG?
A: I am a part of the Ethnic Diversity Network at BCG, which has been a great forum for connecting and discussing topics including minority hiring and retention at BCG, career support, and receiving feedback. During our Ethnic Diversity Retreat, I was able to connect with folks across the firm to discuss these topics and also simply to network and connect as a larger body.