At BCG, Visionaries navigate complexity with ease. They use their insight and intuition to identify the solutions that will create lasting impact. Shelley connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
The best part, by far, of working at BCG is the people. You will be amazed by how smart and interesting your colleagues can be, and then you be inspired to learn from them and become your best self.
I joined BCG fresh out of school with a PhD in basic science. To me, consulting and research have much in common, as both require a strong thinking capability. A key difference is the broadness of topics: while scientific research focuses on one tiny field, consulting provides access to many more. As a person with intrinsic curiosity, I decided to leave academia for the more diverse consulting world in order to embrace new challenges.
At BCG, every single moment is a learning opportunity. Each case has its own complexity and uniqueness, and each teammate you work with has shining points that are worth learning from. At BCG, I feel like bamboo shoots after rain, with both improved hard skills (such as how to best present ideas) and soft skills (such as time and expectation management) acquired at a speed that I could hardly have imagined. I am happy about my growth and thankful to BCG for making it happen.
Shelley holds a PhD degree in chemistry from Yale University, a BS degree in chemistry and a dual BS degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Peking University.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: I feel that what really pushes one to learn and grow here is BCG's trust of every single person's capability. No matter how junior or new you are, you will be put in front of a client and your opinion is well respected within a team. To help, BCG provides a number of on-the-job training opportunities for new hires so they can quickly adapt. Besides these trainings, an invaluable resource that BCG has is its people, who are incredibly bright and collaborative. They are willing to teach, and you can also learn by observation. It is truly fulfilling to feel myself growing every single day and becoming more and more confident and capable of dealing with complex issues.
Q: What characteristics do you believe define a BCGer?
A: BCG is a place that encourages diversity; hence it is hard to define typical characteristics for a BCGer in terms of background or personality. Nonetheless, most BCGers do share something in common: confidence and humility. BCGers' confidence is supported by their true knowledge and intelligence, meanwhile the modest mindset allows them to be open-minded in the pursuit of an answer. That's probably why BCGers have the magic to make people feel comfortable around them.
Q: What skills or talents do you hope to develop in the next few years?
A: I particularly want to improve in two areas I didn't have much exposure to in graduate school: the big picture view and teamwork. As a scientist, I was required to focus on and deep dive into tiny details, whereas consulting emphasizes more a big picture view balanced with detail and efficiency. And regarding teamwork, despite my short time at BCG, I have already experienced the true spirit of collaboration and enjoyed many productive interactions with case teammates.