Junior Associate, Johannesburg
At BCG, Challengers go against expected thinking and inspire their teams to be truly innovative. Tobi connects the dots to see the bigger picture.
The best part of working at BCG is how you continually redefine your capabilities. I surprise myself every day!
In choosing my first job, it was very important for me to choose a company in which I would continually learn and be challenged. BCG’s dedication to redefining strategy and pushing the frontiers of business innovation immediately appealed to me.
When I started at BCG, I was pleased that my perception matched reality. I never thought that, just two days into my BCG career, I'd be helping to coordinate a conference that convened over 100 HR executives to discuss innovative ways to address the “talent question” in South Africa. The most unique thing about BCG is how much your opinion is valued and sought after. One week into my first case, I was presenting my findings to the CFO of one of the largest industrial goods companies in South Africa. You’re not just a number cruncher at BCG; you are a thinker and team player whose opinions are prized regardless of your background.
Tobi holds a BA in international comparative studies from Duke University.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I learn something new every day. It could be from engaging with the client, brainstorming with my team, or even sharing my thought process about a problem with my teammate or project leader. The wealth of skills and experience at every point of engagement has helped me grow exponentially. I also like the fact that right from day one, I got to directly engage with the leadership of South Africa’s leading companies. Saying you presented your analysis to someone like the CFO of one the biggest companies in the world is commonplace at BCG, even as a junior associate.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: My first training was with more than 200 other new associates and consultants from BCG offices in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. We spent five days in a training center just outside Munich, and it was an amazing time because I got to engage with and learn from other consultants from so many different countries. The highlight of the training was the case simulation; there were seven nationalities represented in my group of seven! Our approach to the case was definitely strengthened by our diversity of thought and experiences (as is the case on real BCG case teams).
Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to work at BCG?
A: BCG is a truly amazing place to work. You will learn, you will continually be challenged, you will grow, and you will do all of this while having fun with the smartest, most incredible group of people you can imagine. Be open to the challenge of working on some of the toughest problems in business, and be excited about how a career at BCG will shape you into a formidable thinker and leader.