At BCG, Allies bring a sense of collaboration and excitement to their teams. They create an atmosphere of trust and support in which people can do their best work. Ayse has the courage to take action.
The BCG experience is a unique journey that transforms you and it is definitely not a one-size-fits-all kind of experience. The opportunities are enormous for those who strive to have an impact on people, organizations, and society.
My background is in corporate banking with a specific focus on risk management, but BCG exposed me to number of other industries, as well as cross-functional topics including portfolio strategies for conglomerates, corporate transformation for social impact organizations, and growth strategies for retail banking. The experience was different on each case, providing different opportunities to learn. One thing that was common to all the cases was the strong bonding with the BCG team and the client. This is what makes BCG unique.
BCG gave me the opportunity to take ownership of my own output, which is indeed a luxury and a great opportunity to grow, especially for a fresh grad who is at the beginning of her career. When I got to the point where I was steering meetings of over ten people with an average experience of more than ten years, I realized how much BCG had already supported me and helped me grow.
Ayşe holds a BSc, double major in Economics and Business Administration, from Koc University.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love working for the largest and most prestigious organizations and being able to craft solutions for them. Teaming up with the client teams and becoming their trusted advisor is a true pleasure for me. I really enjoy working closely with the clients, listening to their needs, asking the key questions, and working on solutions with the rest of my BCG team. At BCG, you get to work with bright young people in a unique office environment, which makes the experience even better.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: The key takeaway from my first year is the fact that there is a solution to every problem, no matter how complex. Internalizing this fact makes your daily life much smother and helps you deal with stress to a significant extent. With every challenge you overcome, you take a step further not only in your professional life, but also in your personal life. Even after only couple of months of your consulting career, your mind starts working in a more results-oriented way. Dealing with complex situations and coming up with solutions has transformed my outlook into a more optimistic one.