The Hawkinson Institute of Business Finance

Kevin Hansen

Kevin Hansen

Associate Consultant, Bain & Company Inc.
Los Angeles, Calif.

Which year were you admitted to the Hawkinson Program?

I was admitted to Hawkinson in the fall of 2004, or during my sophomore year.

How did Hawkinson help you achieve your career goals?

Initially, Hawkinson was all about exposure for me—it allowed for an in-depth understanding of amazing industries and jobs I would otherwise never have even known about. After I was exposed to different career tracks, I got the guidance I needed to structure certain aspects of my college experience in a way that would put me in position for the careers that were most appealing to me. Finally, after I identified the jobs I wanted, the leaders of Hawkinson helped me to refine my resume, polish my interviewing skills, and get in touch with the contacts and employers necessary to get the offers I wanted. I am incredibly grateful to the organization.

What is the most valuable thing you learned in Hawkinson?

The most valuable skill I acquired from Hawkinson was the ability to market myself—to not sell my self short at any point in the recruiting process by failing to tell my story or communicate my abilities as a candidate. I was much more effective at being able to get inside the mind of a recruiter and tailor the presentation of my skill set in a way that emphasized the qualities I possessed that were most prized by that firm.

How have you stayed connected to the program and the business college?

The best way for me to stay connected to the college has been through my involvement in the Tippie Young Alumni Board. It's an easy excuse to come back, check in with campus, and connect with students who might be interested in consulting.

Independently, I've also been big on doing mock interviews and have made several presentations on consulting to interested Hawkinson students. When it comes time for applications, I've given resume and cover letter advice to help interested students tailor themselves to the consulting profession, and I've tried to serve as a mentor to interested students throughout the recruiting process.

Could you also specify where you interned and briefly describe your role as an intern?

In the summer after my junior year, I was an assurance intern with the public accounting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco. The firm was very professional, and the summer experience was great, but the job wasn't for me. My tasks related to the auditing of financial statements of mostly large, privately held companies. I was able to travel to multiple states and serve on seven client engagements across a number of industries. Most of the work involved testing certain aspects of a client's financial reporting to ensure that they were complying with the appropriate standards and guidelines.

Where do you work? (Please list all relevant jobs since graduation as well as locations and positions held.)

Since graduation in May 2007, I have been working at Bain & Company's Los Angeles office as an associate consultant.

Please describe the responsibilities associated with your job or a typical day.

My assignments at Bain are very project-based, so assignments generally stretch across days or weeks at a time. Some of the responsibilities might include:

  • Researching and analyzing a market, competitor, and customer data
  • Conducting primary research
    • Calling customers/competitors/industry experts
    • Authoring, launching, and analyzing surveys
  • Building financial models
  • Participating in internal/external meetings
  • Creating slides for presentations based on data analysis

Hours probably average 55-60 per week, but it definitely has peaks and valleys. My worst week ever was about 80 hours, and my best week ever was zero—didn't even have to come into the office.

Please list any advice you may have for current scholars.

Utilize all of the resources within the institute—meet with the directors, show up to the career presentations, and reach out to alumni. Don't opt out of presentations because you think they don't apply to you, because you never know which activities are going to be the ones that shape your experience.

Other schools don't have programs quite like Hawkinson, and you might never get this kind of individual coaching, exposure, and career counseling again in your life. I have met a great network of people and been exposed to a type of career preparation that will help me in whatever future roles I pursue.