At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Sheanna has the courage to take action.
The best part of working at BCG for me is that I am never bored. BCG gives me the opportunity to work on interesting projects with diverse teams, and so I am constantly learning.
The recurring theme of my school/university life was that I enjoyed studying, but did a lot of extra-curricular activities, particularly theatre production, because I had a remarkably short attention span for studying. For me, BCG has been very distinct from university and school because it combines the intellectual challenge I enjoyed in studying with the fun I had working in teams on practical challenges on theatre projects. For me, the main reason BCG is fulfilling is that it gives me an intellectual challenge and teamwork at the same time.
I’ve also learned a lot in the relatively short time I’ve been at BCG, but the key lesson I’ve learned so far is that, whilst there’s always more to learn, you can still make logically reasoned suggestions using the information you do have. It’s about having the confidence to voice an opinion, whilst keeping an open mind.
Sheanna holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Girton College, University of Cambridge.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: I chose BCG because, like many people I’ve met here since I joined, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do. By my final year of undergraduate study, I knew that I wanted to do something where I would continue to be challenged and to learn and develop, but I didn’t know which industry I wanted to work in (philosophy didn’t have an obvious exit route other than academia). So I chose to work at BCG because it allows me to keep my options open and to find out more about different industries.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: First, and most significantly, empathy helps me understand what drives clients and colleagues and shows me how to help them as effectively as possible. Secondly, curiosity—which I think I see the most when I’m in a team and every single person in it is genuinely interested in the subject matter beyond the immediate scope of the project. Finally, determination to find the solution to a problem, even if that means changing tack and approaching it in a different way than originally planned.
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I received some advice from a Partner about sustainability when I was a couple of months into BCG. The Partner told me that if I made plans for the other things I want to do outside of work, I would find a way of making work fit with them. So I make sure I organize going to the theatre, meeting my friends, or seeing my family one night a week pretty far in advance. And then I try make my PTO night fit into those plans, sometimes I need to change plans slightly, but the majority of the time it works out fine.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of the office?
A: I am a keen rock climber and live a three-minute walk from a climbing centre so I spend a lot of my free time there. However I’m also trying to take full advantage of living in London for the first time so I also watch a lot of plays/musicals and also keep a close eye on soft launch food blogs to try out different restaurants.
Q: How would you describe the BCG community?
A: Overall it’s incredibly supportive, in both a structural and informal way. Case teams, formal learning, and development and feedback are all set up so that you are in the best position possible to succeed at BCG. But more importantly, BCGers are always willing to help each other out, whether it’s a last minute plea for help at a recruiting event or a call out for help with an Excel model, people are always willing to give up their time to help.