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Joining BCG with an Advanced Degree

Why is consulting at BCG a good fit for person with an advanced degree (PhD or Medic)? Diversity of perspective from multiple disciplines is essential to our process, and your experience will allow you to approach problems and work through challenges in a new way. At BCG, you will work with and learn from leaders from a variety of backgrounds and have numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth—within or outside your current area of expertise. On-the-job experience, combined with extensive training and mentorship programs, will help you develop new skills and succeed in the consulting world and beyond.

Make an Immediate Impact

Academic and research work has a long time horizon, and Medics may desire to have an impact on a larger scale. As a consultant at BCG, you'll see your insights come to life in front of your eyes. Your intellectual curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills will add invaluable perspective to our client projects—perspective that can drive product innovations and business process breakthroughs. BCG encourages you to have the courage to act on your insights, regardless of how complex the situation may be.

Learn more about how BCGers have made an impact.

Success Through Collaboration

It's pretty simple: we want to help our clients and each other succeed. At BCG, collaboration is at the heart of our work. We don't work on clients, we work with our clients to gain insights into their unique situations and figure out what needs to be done. You'll connect with a diverse and broad set of backgrounds—including business, engineering, economics, science, and the humanities—put together on teams that are tailored for each client. When we ask our clients for feedback, the number one thing they most frequently highlight is our collaborative approach.

Join a Legacy of Innovation

BCG facilitates and emphasizes a culture of innovation—and a passion to challenge the status quo. Through initiatives like the BCG Henderson Institute, the Center for Customer Insight, the Centre for Public Impact, the Center for Health Care Value, new businesses such as Digital Ventures, and partnerships with TED, we continue this tradition of pioneering new and innovative ideas that reshape the competitive landscape, influencing the way business leaders think and adding value to society.

I loved the time spent on my PhD, but I also felt I was getting too focused on a very narrow, theoretical subject. I joined consulting looking for breadth and exposure to the "real" world – I certainly got it!"

Eleonora Zanderigo

I didn't realise it at the time, but my PhD taught me to be self-sufficient, to come up with creative solutions to difficult problems and to communicate my findings clearly and concisely. I've found all of these skills helpful in making the transition to BCG

Simon Sprague

Supportive Environment, Sustainable Career

At BCG, we believe there is a better way to work. Our global PTO (predictability, teaming, and open communication) program increases work predictability and career sustainability through optimizing the case team experience. Flexibility@BCG enables you to attain your professional and personal goals through enhanced work options and the ongoing support to manage them.

Accelerate Your Career with Many Options

Whether you want to focus on your current expertise or explore a new field, your experiences at BCG will enable you to propel your career forward. You may pursue our traditional consulting path toward becoming a partner at BCG, or you may consider our expert career track, applying your specialized knowledge to the complex client challenges we tackle. Whatever you choose to do, our individualized mentorship combined with in-depth and innovative training & development programs will help you increase your personal effectiveness at BCG and beyond—like our many successful alumni.

After joining the London office, AD hires enjoy four weeks of global trainings within the first year alone. This culminates in the Business Essentials Programme, specifically designed to help solidify core business principles for those with an academic background.

Experience Global Business Firsthand

There are tremendous international opportunities available to you in your career at BCG. More than 25% of our consultants work outside their home countries every year, and about half work in global teams led and staffed by BCGers from other parts of the world. Working abroad takes many forms at BCG: global Ambassador programs, which staff early-career consultants in a different country's office for up to a year; cross-office projects; office transfers; and secondments, where you work for up to a year at a client or with our global social impact partners.

Meet Advanced Degree BCGers

Meet Jonathan and Hanon, Advanced Degree Candidates, Facebook Live

Meet Jonathan and Hanon, Advanced Degree Candidates

Jonathan, a project leader with a PhD in chemistry, and Hanon, a principal with a JD, discuss BCG’s application process for advanced degree candidates, what it’s like to become a consultant with an alternative background, and what their transition to the firm has been like.

Meet Abbie and Adam, Advanced Degree Candidates, Facebook Live

Meet Abbie and Adam, Advanced Degree Candidates

Abbie, a BCG project leader, came to the firm with a PhD in neuroscience and Adam, also a project leader, earned an MD before joining BCG. Together they discuss the work they’re doing, what BCG’s work environment is like, and more.

Meet Alex and Mike, Advanced Degree Candidates, Facebook Live

Meet Alex and Mike, Advanced Degree Candidates

Alex, a project leader, and Mike, a consultant, both joined BCG in Boston after completing their PhDs. In this video, they discuss their experiences at BCG so far, as well as details about the application process for advanced degree candidates.

Meet Raminder, PhD Turned Consultant, Facebook Live

Meet Raminder, PhD Turned Consultant

In this video, Raminder, a project leader based in BCG’s Montreal office, says she joined BCG because she wanted to work within teams that could make an impact more quickly than would have been possible in the academic world.

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