Jason Borrevik is a Principal
management consultant at Compensia, Inc. He was born and raised in a family of
four where he took part in various sports and outdoor activities from an early
age. After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Oregon and
studied economics. In 1994, he obtained his bachelor’s degree and went on to
pursue a law degree at the University of California, Berkeley. During this
time, he interned for the Oakland Raiders on their legal team. Once he
graduated, he went on to join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. This is
where Jason Borrevik stayed until 2005 when he decided to move on and join Compensia. Given his experience and expertise, he was
able to become a Principal and serve many of the firm’s prominent clients.
What made you pursue a career in management consulting?
Well, I always wanted to work in a field where I would interact with others. I was never a fan of individual projects and always preferred to work in groups during my time at both the University of Oregon and California.
Working in management consulting allows me to work with teams both internally at Compensia and at the range of clients I work with on a variety of complex compensation-related projects and issues. I think that work where I can operate in a team-based environment and use some of my leadership qualities is where I perform the best.
How did your internship with the Oakland Raiders help you grow as a professional?
It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Working for the Raiders helped me see how the football industry truly operates. Although I know a lot about the sport and have been following it since I was a kid, I never got to see the administrative side of things. This internship was a time when I got to learn from many brilliant minds who built incredible careers within the sport and never even had to touch the ball. Also, I got to experience high-level responsibility and learn about skills like time management, multitasking, organization, and so on. Since those are all transferrable, I took them with me when I started my next job!
Are there any trends in management consulting that excite you?
I love the number of companies that are shifting to cloud-based operations and remote workforces. To better explain this, you must understand that the vast majority of consulting used to revolve around face-to-face meetings and e-mail correspondence. Nowadays, however, our firm can offer real-time advice to companies that may not even be in the same country through things like video conferencing. Additionally, I like the fact that many businesses are moving towards a remote workforce where their employees can work from any location with a connection to the internet.
What advice do you have for aspiring law majors who are not sure where their career will take them?
Use this time to learn as much as you possibly can about the law as there will be no other time in your career when you will have the ability to dedicate yourself fully to studying. So, these few years should be characterized by a steep learning curve and you should use every opportunity to ask your professors questions. As far as not knowing where your career will go, give it time. Your classes will show you what areas of law you might be interested in more than the others. Based on that, you can make a decision about the industry that would be a good fit. Your law degree will provide you with a multitude of opportunity both within and outside of a traditional legal environment.