Upon graduating from university, I wanted to join a company that would allow me to grow as an individual while allowing me to leverage the experience and competence of senior management. BCG has provided me with precisely that.
In an environment where you are asked your opinion from the very first day, you will rapidly develop your professional self-confidence. With BCG I have also continued to seek exposure to international projects, and as part of the firm's Ambassador Program I transferred to BCG in Boston for a year.
At BCG, you truly are valued as an individual, regardless of your age, gender, or background. You are encouraged to develop both your individuality and areas of interests, and in my case, I have focused on industrial goods companies. I have been able to build a strong knowledge base on different industry sectors and have worked on various topics ranging from strategy development to pricing and process improvement.
For me, it has also been very important to build an international career, and at BCG I have been able to work on projects in Europe and Asia. Next year I'm going to work at BCG in Tokyo through the firm's Global Ambassador Program. I hope to deepen my knowledge in industrial goods industries and also to improve my Japanese there.
Kaori holds an MS in industrial engineering and management from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Before joining BCG, she worked for four years with KONE Elevators in Tokyo.
Kaori was born and raised in Finland but has her roots in Japan.
Before joining BCG, I had the opportunity to work in different emerging markets such as China and Latin America. My goal has been to build on that experience and to learn more about operating in Russia. BCG offered a possibility to brush-up on my Russian—first in weekly classes, and then in an intensive language course before the first casework in Russia. Since then I have had the chance to work on a variety of cases, from short market studies to longer development projects in a full Russian setting.
I feel that BCG has offered an environment where I have been able to develop my career and capabilities to reach my goals. Furthermore, this was just the first step towards widening my experience through BCG's global network.
Tomi holds an MS in engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology.
Prior to joining BCG in Helsinki, Tomi had four years of industry experience working in China, Germany, and Latin America.
During my studies I became interested in the topic of energy, especially renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and I did my master's thesis mainly on the topic of CCS.
At BCG I have been able to work on many cases related to energy, in particular new energy and CCS. It has been great to see how I can utilize my knowledge from university and build a much broader understanding of how a new technology fits into a business perspective.
To me, BCG is great both because it provides a unique opportunity to work across sectors and industries, and because it is possible to go more into the detail of one topic and apply that knowledge across countries and players in the market.
From the start of my career I wanted to experience all the diversity that a job in a global firm offers. When I filled in my project preferences in my first week at BCG, I ticked the box for international assignments. Now I have worked in over ten different countries and have taken the opportunity to change my home office within BCG.
The differences of running projects in different countries can be small, like food and attire, or much more challenging, like different languages, management styles, and business habits. To be confronted with this is a very enriching experience. Although I could remove the tick mark for international projects at any moment, I will keep it for now!
Always looking for new challenges to master, I found my way into freestyle skiing. Being so enthusiastic about my passion, I became a professional skier, eventually making it to the top of world-class skiers. Later in my career, I was able to rediscover this feeling of enthusiasm at BCG!
Among others, there is one strong similarity between the world of professional skiing and the world of BCG: You are able to chart your own course. Coming from an environment with a lot of variety and independence, I could not imagine working in a "regular" job. And when my interest in business took me to BCG, I found myself in exciting, fast-paced surroundings similar to those of my professional sports career. Namely, being among very intelligent people with diverse backgrounds and personalities, colleagues eager to take on interesting challenges, freedom to develop, international projects, and most importantly: lots of fun.
Stefan studied business administration at the Munich School of Management and the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining BCG, Stefan was a professional skier on the German National Freestyle Ski Team, competing in World Cup competitions for six years. While working at BCG, Stefan was also a trainer for the German Junior National Ski Team.
I have always been thoroughly impressed by the intellect and passion that BCGers signal, while also being very outgoing and interesting people. One of my main reasons for joining BCG was that I clicked with all the BCG representatives I met during my studies. I could see myself working alongside every one of them.
Now, I can see that these traits are typical of the BCG culture: intellectual curiosity, focus on personal development, and having fun both on the job and outside. In an organization where the majority of people join immediately after university, the working environment is dynamic and motivating. It is common to see that whenever a BCGer feels on top of a current project, they instantly look for new challenges. The focus on your individual learning curve is very high.
Learning every day in an informal and supporting atmosphere is what makes BCG such unique place to work—and it indeed goes well with my personality.
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