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. Sidsel has the courage to take action.
At BCG, I feel like the world is my oyster. From traveling the world, to solving problems in all sorts of industries, opportunities are endless and there is never a boring day.
I have a background in business, economics, and political science. My journey with BCG started when I was an intern in the summer of 2016 in an industry I knew absolutely nothing about! However, I quickly discovered that you can use your academic skills on any project at BCG, while also learning something new every day.
What I love the most about BCG is the people. Working with people from all over the world, with various different backgrounds, inspires me to see and do things differently. I rarely have a week at work where I have not laugh my head off at least once, and I consider many of my colleagues my friends. I cannot think of a better group of people to learn from and be supported by – this is what makes BCG truly unique.
Sidsel holds an MSc in global politics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in international business and politics from the Copenhagen Business School (CBS), with a semester at Humboldt University, Berlin.
Sidsel’s previous experience was in the public and educational sector; she has worked for the Global Green Growth Forum at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, and was part of the Copenhagen Business School's Board of Directors 2013-2015.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: At BCG, there truly is no typical day. I have had days waking up in France, Sweden, or Jutland (to name a few), doing everything from supporting a large transformation of a consumer goods company to assessing the potential of integration in Denmark. The common denominator is that I am challenged, inspired, and having fun.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I think the most important thing BCG has taught me during my first year is an 'anything is possible' attitude to problem solving. I often meet a problem I have never seen before, or work in an industry I barely knew existed before working at BCG. However, with confidence, great teammates, and a structured approach, we always manage to overcome our clients' challenges.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: The composition of teams at BCG ensures that you always work with people who have more experience than you. My peers support me, project leaders and others coach me, and my career advisor and mentors provide useful advice on how to overcome common obstacles. I have received plenty of informal as well as formal feedback since the beginning, which has helped me excel in my strengths and improve in my areas of development.
Q: Why did you choose to work at BCG?
A: With my background mainly in political science, BCG was not a natural choice for me. However, I got to know the company via a social impact case competition, and was immediately drawn to it by the inspiring people I met. I then did an internship, and was immensely impressed by the amount of responsibility given to me, and the way my opinion was valued and considered equal to the opinions of everyone on my team. It felt truly unique to be able to create so much value straight out of university, which is the main reason I wanted to come back and work full time for BCG after graduation.