Consultant, Los Angeles
My passion at Bain is for learning, and here I can learn from the best.
Coming from a non-traditional background in the Entertainment industry, there were three things that were most important to me. First, I knew I wanted to be at a place where constant learning and development are the norm, not just empty platitudes. Second, I needed a company with a slightly eccentric culture that values a diversity of backgrounds and truly picks you up when you inevitably fall. Finally, I wanted to work for a firm with a world-class reputation that would instantly lend credibility to my nascent business career. As a result, there was really no other choice but Bain.
My passion at Bain is for learning, and here I can learn from the best. I get to work on the biggest companies' most important problems. I also have a passion for international experience, and I can get that through transfer programs. Most of all, I have a passion for being respected and appreciated, something in short supply in the Entertainment industry.
My perspective on diversity at Bain
What I find inspiring is Bain's commitment to diversity of backgrounds, meaning work experience, education, etc. I was concerned that consulting firms wouldn't value my unusual background in film and television, and many of them didn't. But Bain recognizes that intelligence, problem-solving, passion and business sense don't necessarily come in formulaic packages.
A final thought
Besides practicing case interviews until you're blue in the face, the most salient advice I can give to recruits is to be yourself and follow your heart. Don't try to act like you think the firm wants you to be - in the end, you'll both be disappointed. And don't choose between offers based solely on money or where other people say you should go - you'll only set yourself up for failure. Get to know the people and the culture, and listen to your gut.