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Each morning at BCG, I know that my workday will give me the opportunity to take up a new challenge.
After my education as a general engineer, which provided me with a generalist, high-quality training that I highly valued, BCG seemed an obvious choice, as it would give me the opportunity to address many diverse issues and quickly learn how to deal with new high-level challenges. This was a fascinating opportunity. I found a very strong team spirit, shared motivation, and collaborative ways of working.
My first months as an associate exceeded my expectations. I worked for two highly different clients, a large European bank and an investment fund, on very distinct and impactful issues. At BCG, you face new challenges every day, you benefit from advice and regular feedback, and you are given meaningful responsibilities and put in direct contact with clients early in your career. Days go by incredibly quickly, and I know that I will make many more discoveries during my next projects.
Simon Jonchère joined BCG after his graduation as an engineer from École des Mines Paris.
Q: What is a typical day like for you?
A: It is highly unpredictable; no two days are alike. The only thing you can almost always be sure about is that you will discover new issues, new industries, and new markets and that you will acquire new skills or meet extremely smart people. Depending on assignments, I spend my day in client meetings or stay at the office with the team to brainstorm and make hypotheses. Sometimes, I need to focus on information search, use BCG's expert network and documentation, and conduct interviews with BCG experts or external analysts.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: I remember a strategic acquisition project on behalf of an investment fund. In one month, we fully analyzed the market and well as the target company's strategy. I then realized that I had acquired new ways of working, which were more effective and quicker. The project aimed to help our client measure and assess the interest and price of this potential acquisition, which was eventually valued at more than €1 billion!
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: The work environment is very pleasant. The location of the Paris office is ideal, and the atmosphere excellent. At BCG, you constantly meet people when you join new teams, but the open and constructive frame of mind remains the same. We share four- to eight-people offices, and we have developed strong relationships, ideal for mutual aid as well as for convivial moments!