I’ve been a Junior Consultant at Boston Consulting Group for eight months. I was previously a Senior Associate in the disputes team at Herbert Smith Freehills.
We solve problems for our clients and help them to succeed in the marketplace by achieving their organisational goals. BCG does this by bringing together people from a range of backgrounds and encouraging them to think creatively about how to help clients.
At the outset, I define the problem at hand, come up with a hypothesis of the answer, and identify the analysis (or analyses) needed to test that hypothesis. From there, I work with clients to do the analysis. This typically involves conducting client interviews, collecting performance information, and drawing on BCG's global network of experts who have solved similar problems in the past.
Coming up with the hypothesis of the answer in the first few days of a new case, when there is usually a lot of ambiguity and very little data to hand.
Supporting clients to solve their most difficult, but highest impact, problems, with a team of people from very diverse backgrounds. The group I started with at BCG included a composer, a telecommunications expert, a computer science graduate, a renewable energy engineer, an economist, and a former lawyer (me).
I completed a combined Arts (English Literature) and Laws degree at Sydney University.
I've always loved reading and writing, so pursuing a degree in Law and English Literature seemed an obvious way to follow my passions. The idea was planted from a young age – I wrote that I wanted to be a lawyer in my year 6 yearbook!
A natural sense of curiosity and drive to solve complex problems, as well as the ability to deal with ambiguity, agility and resilience
There's not a monotonous day in this job. Every client and client problem is different, as is every BCG case team you're part of. There are incredible opportunities for learning in this environment where you are exposed to different industries and the problems they face over a short period of time.
We travel to our clients for most of the work week, wherever they are located. This provides a great opportunity to explore different parts of Australia and the world, but it can be difficult when you're away from home for longer periods of time.
Seeing the work I do create real and significant change for organisations, while getting to learn lots of interesting things about the world!