Consultant, Dubai

My name is Aida. I am an oil and energy professional and a mechanical engineer by training. I am also the mother of young Margot (21 months old). I come from Senegal (West Africa).

After three years working as an engineer in the oil and gas industry across Africa, I felt the need to make a change in my career. I wanted to prepare myself to transition from an operational position to a strategic-decision role. For that, I went for an MBA at HEC Paris, a leading business school in Europe, to equip myself with the right toolkit and to supplement my education. Then came the time to join a firm that would allow me to maintain a high MBA learning curve and value my background. It only took a couple of interviews to agree that Arthur D. Little was the best for me.

As a career changer, I have found Arthur D. Little to be the perfect company for me. I am not just a number. My experience is valued, and the diversity of the projects allows me to use my background and contribute significantly, despite being new to consulting.

Arthur D. Little’s consultants have amazingly varied professional backgrounds that provide everyone with big takeaways. From day one, you start working shoulder-to-shoulder with extremely experienced and competent people. The level of brilliance and openness is extremely stimulating, and makes the path to the very demanding world of consulting much easier and more intuitive.

Our culture is very inclusive and friendly. Our office in Dubai has a very healthy social life. Since joining the firm, I have participated in variety of social events, from casual “thirsty Thursday” to paintball games. Each of these occasions is an opportunity to get together and build a stronger team.

At Arthur D. Little, individuals with unusual projects and passions are also encouraged. Mine is to discover unusual sights across the globe and regions that are little explored – and sometimes not always safe, such as red zones in Africa. I am glad that I have been able to conduct many adventurous expeditions of that kind. 

My advice to candidates is the following: your story is what makes you the perfect candidate. Naturally, during the interview process, you will go through tests, cracking cases to validate your capacities. Those tests are important, but most candidates will manage them successfully. Thus, what will make you stand out is the uniqueness of your story. So be proud of it and show it off.