My greatest impact at BCG was when my client won the bid against other promising competitors for new business development. This proves BCG has what it takes to win.
BCG offers a number of pioneering opportunities, such as working in offices in other countries or working in client companies to fully learn new perspectives. This range of opportunities gives me exposure other people my age don’t have. It enables me to better understand internal and external perspectives and tackle the various complications of clients at their core.
Based on this, the value that I build for my client is very tangible. In a recent project, I helped my client acquire a patent from the government that was essential for new business development. I designed overall strategy, the business proposal, the playbook, and a Q&A. The impact that I felt was beyond description when my client eventually acquired that patent.
Woong joined BCG in September 2012 after graduating from Seoul National University with a BA in economics.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: I learned how to build a solid hypothesis from the initial stage of problem definition and to define a work plan by myself. Senior colleagues helped me with this, but I am the one who owned the work.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: At BCG, I get to see big picture. To tackle the problem at its core, I have to understand the situation, complication, and resolution—all of which depend on various internal and external factors. This work is definitely challenging, but it has helped me grow and succeed more quickly than others my age.
Q: What’s your home office environment like?
A: The Seoul office is in a new building. It has a view of the city and the Han River, which runs through the city. The staff is divided into five “villages,” so we can mingle with one another.