This April, WCC spoke with Meg Hickey, a 2012 graduate from UW-Madison currently working as a second year Associate Consultant at Bain & Company.
WCC: What did you study at Wisconsin?
“I graduated in 2012 and majored in Finance, Investment, and Banking.”
WCC: What were you involved at Wisconsin?
“I started college at USC, had transferred as a sophomore, and knew I wanted to go into business. I started to explore a multitude of options. Between sophomore and junior year, I founded a start-up -Liico Brands. I worked with engineering students to build a sustainable coffee cup that would reduce waste. Liico Brands has a trademark and provisional patent pending. Today, my younger brother has taken lead on this.Also, I was a member of the Capital Management Club and Investment Banking Club. Both clubs were extremely helpful in developing my analytical skills and exposing me to different areas in business.”
WCC: What was your path to consulting and Bain?
“Between junior and senior year I did an internship with General Mills in finance-while I really admired the company, corporate finance was not for me. That summer I started to explore other careers, which led me to consulting. At the beginning of senior year I started to go to information sessions and did informational interviews. I learned more about Bain and loved the people there and that’s where I ended up.”
WCC: Why did you choose Bain and what at Bain stands out to you?
“After junior year I knew I was interested in consulting. Bain fit everything I was looking for personally and professionally. I liked the people at Bain and the model of working closely with the client. With the long hours in consulting, I wanted to work at a place I enjoyed. It’s truly the people that stand out at Bain, the opportunity to work with smart individuals with so much to teach. I admire and trust my colleagues and having that atmosphere is what makes it great.”
WCC: What is your current role at Bain?
“I am an Associate Consultant at Bain in my second year. The exact role I fill on the team varies significantly depending on the project. However, a typical role as an Associate Consultant involves building relationships with the client, participating in team / client meetings, gathering and analyzing the data, and synthesizing the data into results-focused materials that can be shared and easily understood.”
WCC: What’s your advice to a student looking to go into management consulting?
“Pursue what your love while you’re in college – there isn’t a set profile we look for at Bain – if we can see that your passionate about something and a hard worker that’s what makes a great Bainie.”
WCC: What are three traits of a successful individual at Bain?
- Hard working
- Always willing to help out colleagues