Employer on Campus: Boston Consulting Group
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A message from BCG:
Dear PhD, Post-doctoral, MD, and JD students,
I hope you are having a productive semester! As a graduate student, it was about this time of year that I found myself thinking about what life after the PhD might look like.
My name is Blaise Pinaud, I am a Stanford graduate (PhD - Chemical Engineering, 2014) and former UBC Post-doctoral fellow who is now a Consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Since I recently made the transition from academia to consulting, I’d like to share my experience and answer some common questions that advanced degree candidates (PhDs, MDs, or JDs) have about consulting and BCG in particular.
What do consultants actually do?
Consultants are responsible for owning a piece of our client’s problem. As an example, I recently helped a major retailer craft their category strategy. My role was to understand how consumers shop their products to identify which levers (e.g., assortment, visual displays, pricing) to pull in order to win market share.
Most of our projects involve flying to the client site, in this case Toronto, to work closely with them on developing the strategy. At the end of the project, I met with the VP of each business to review our findings and they were all excited to put the recommendations into action.
The team celebrated our successes by going to a baseball game and having dinner at a locally renowned restaurant!
What does BCG look for?
Strong candidates are smart, capable, and possess strong leaderships skills. We derive your “smarts” through your academic achievements (grades and test scores) as well as your ability to communicate the impact of your research to a broader audience. We want to hear about the capabilities you have developed from your experience both inside and outside the classroom or laboratory. What difficult things have you accomplished in the past?
What is Bridge to BCG?
Bridge to BCG is a three day workshop for advanced degree candidates being held this summer and will allow participants to test drive consulting and:
- Find out about consulting and get to know BCG
- Participate in a realistic case team experience
- Learn from BCG's thought leaders
- Meet BCG consultants and other students during social and educational events
If you are interested in learning more about the Bridge to BCG program, what a career in consulting looks like for an ADC, and learning about the work we do at BCG Canada and beyond, please join us at our upcoming Connection Event.
UNIV. OF BRITISH COLUMBIA ADC BRIDGE CONNECTION EVENT
Monday, March 19th, 2018
Room 301, Iona Building, UBC
To keep up to date with our events for ADC’s at BCG Canada, please be sure to regularly check-in on our website.
We look forward to helping you along the recruiting path towards BCG. Please contact Mathilde Bertin, Recruiting Associate, with any questions at Bertin.Mathilde@bcg.com.
on behalf of the Canada ADC Recruiting Team
To register for this event, please RSVP to Abraham Asrat, Employer Engagement Advisor with the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the UBC Centre for Student Involvement & Careers at email@example.com.