After playing international field hockey for 14 years, I needed a new challenge that would stimulate my mind as much as my sporting career had stimulated my body. BCG's track record of strategic insight and breakthrough thinking, coupled with its strong emphasis on training and teamwork was the perfect fit.
Training at BCG is a continuous process; mine started with regional entry training in Bangkok and has since included a wide range of targeted sessions. Outside of traditional training, I have also received plenty of help and advice from others that has helped my transition from banking to consulting. BCG's training enables me to make a difference with clients and has also exponentially increased my career options.
Simon holds a BA/BCom in Economics and Finance from the University of Auckland.
Simon represented New Zealand in field hockey from 1992 to 2005 (captain from 2000). After retiring as the country's most capped player, he was awarded a member of the New Zealand order of Merit for services to hockey.
In order to reach my goal of being a successful entrepreneur, I knew I needed to develop a range of business skills and disciplines. So when the opportunity arose to join BCG after business school, I didn't hesitate. I hoped the variety of work and calibre of problems would help me develop my business skills, and I haven't been let down.
Since joining I've been able to work on issues such as international expansion, salesforce productivity and major organisational redesign. The work is always challenging but also lots of fun. Solving important and complex problems alongside some fantastically talented people is a great learning experience. It's also allowed me to make some great friends and fantastic business contacts, which I'm sure will prove to be equally as valuable as my newly developed skills.