Project Leader, Toronto
At BCG, Innovators view the world from unexpected angles. They bring creativity and a fresh perspective to every challenge they face. Tariq finds clarity in a complex world.
My role models at BCG are the people I work with every day. It’s incredible to see the level of dedication, tenacity, and thinking that everyone brings to the table.
My background before coming to BCG was in electrical engineering. BCG has opened my eyes to many different functional areas and industry practices, including private equity, technology, and telecommunications, where I have been able to explore many of my interests. My cases have been extremely rewarding, as we work hand in hand with our clients to deliver value and push the way they think about their problems.
BCG has given me the opportunity to work with many people of diverse backgrounds. You quickly realize that everyone is there to support each other and ensure overall success of the case. Working with many different people, both within BCG and with clients, has allowed me to not only learn from others but also adapt to different working styles—and this is extremely exciting.
Tariq holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo as well as an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: In my first year on the job, I learned numerous things but notably three things come to mind. First, everyone on the case team has a voice. Whether you’re a partner, an associate, a consultant, it doesn’t matter—there is no hierarchy when it comes to contribution. Everyone is given the opportunity to drive and deliver value for the case team. Coming from industry, this type of working model is very different and I quickly learned how valuable it is. Second, the type of work that is done at BCG varies so much that you can always find something that interests you. I’ve had the opportunity to work on a few cases that have aligned with my interests, and that makes the job all the more exciting. Third, there is something to be learned from every member on the case team. Some of the best advice and on-the-job training I’ve received has come from associates who were experienced and willing to help me out when I got started.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: BCG has helped me grow in many ways. First, through direct and indirect mentors. BCG assigns you formal mentors when you start to help you navigate the company, the people, and the work. Furthermore, as I began working on cases, I developed many informal mentors of differing levels of seniority who have been valuable in giving me advice and support. Second, BCG has provided formal training sessions, giving me skills that I’ve been able to directly apply in my day-to-day client work. Finally, BCG has allowed me to nurture my interests while ensuring I develop the skills I need to succeed. I have been able to work on interesting cases that have allowed me to add new skills to my toolkit.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: Some of my favorite places in the world include Kyrgyzstan and Nepal. I’ve had an opportunity to travel to both places for very different reasons but in both cases fell in love with both countries. The common thread between both of those places is how warm the people are, how much they try to help one another, and of course how beautiful the countries themselves are.