I firmly believe that there's no better place than Bain to acquire all the best capabilities as a junior consultant. Working at Bain is challenging, but at the same time, I feel that I'm maximizing my future career potential.
"A consultant's way of thinking is focused on 'logic' to settle problems that spring up in diverse situations."
This logic is also consistent with a CEO's top-level perspective, which gives me an opportunity to practice getting to the solution quickly from tons of information. These are skills that you cannot gain from other firms as a junior.
Plus, I'm working with some of the smartest people in the world, which is beneficial in two ways:
- First, the working process is streamlined and efficient, since there's no need to demonstrate rudimentary logic or reasoning.
- Second, I can push myself to grow and learn from my coworkers. Bain sees consulting as a team sport, and we never let a team member lag behind. Beyond the working environment, our trainings and social events surround us with this "one team" spirit.
It's only been about a year since I joined the Seoul office, and I already have three international case experiences out of a total of seven I've worked on. All different industries, all different people. Also, I transferred to the Sydney office for three months, so it's been a very busy and explorative first year. I was hoping to gain some global experiences as a junior, and Bain has certainly delivered!
I've had many wonderful experiences so far, but one of my favorite cases was in the cosmetics/fashion field. I've always been interested in female-focused consumer industries, and the deep dive into the industry specifics was fascinating. I learned how the industry works, and how successful companies differentiate themselves and attract loyal customers. From market segmentation to product/brand/channel strategies, the case gave me a new perspective whenever I go shopping.
Generally, as a very junior person in Korea, you will have limited opportunity to face senior clients. And as a young female, it's even tougher. Fortunately, Bain offers me plenty of chances to deal with senior clients. I get guidance from my team, but I have full accountability. I've gained a balanced view of client service, which I never expected to get as a junior, and I'm loving it!