At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Reihan seeks a new perspective.
It is astounding the amount of time and resources BCG puts into our training, career development, and mentorship. There is honest and genuine importance placed on developing you, professionally and personally.
I studied social anthropology in college—not traditionally seen as a degree that feeds into management consulting. I was in search of a career that would let me use my liberal arts education while broadening my understanding of the business world. BCG has given me the opportunity to do both.
In my time here, I have worked across multiple geographies in a wide range of industries, taking me to iron ore mines in Australia, ministerial meetings in Malaysia, and server farms in the US, among places.
BCG is a place for the intellectually curious. On any given day, the type of problem you are tasked to solve can be very different. Four years in, I am still excited when figuring out staffing for my next project, because each case brings with it a whole new set of challenges and problems, people, and experiences.
Reihan holds an AB in social anthropology from Harvard. He joined BCG in the Kuala Lumpur office before transferring to the Boston office as an Associate Abroad. He is a member of the firm's LGBT Network.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The people are the best part about BCG. This is an oft-repeated line at BCG (particularly in farewell e-mails)—and for good reason. You are always surrounded by such a fun and diverse set of people; in many ways, you are learning as much from each other, as you are from the job itself. I've worked with a former international DJ, a business school professor, and a US Navy officer, just to name a few. And in each case, I learned so much not only from their remarkable experiences but also from how they approach and solve problems.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: The biggest learning I had in my first year is how to quickly identify the key issues in a problem and prioritize those. In any given project, you will encounter multiple competing interests and problems, and you learn how to promptly sift out the most important issues to your client, and prioritize these over the others. Naturally, attacking the key problems first will bring much more value to the client versus tackling all issues in an unstructured way. It's a skill that's also proven very handy in my own life, helping me quickly identify the key things I want to work on personally, and prioritizing those to spend time on.
Q: What are some of your favorite places in the world and why?
A: I am fairly biased, but Southeast Asia is by far my favorite region in the world. Putting aside the tremendous demographic shift and socioeconomic growth in the region in the past decades or so—which in itself is enough reason for Southeast Asia to be exciting for many—this part of the world has always been fascinating. It is home to such a diverse mix of people, each bringing with them their cuisines, culture, and business practices. It makes for a very interesting experience both professionally and personally. Being no more than an hour from the world's best beaches or greatest trails is very helpful, too.