Here at BCA, we understand that consulting can be a difficult industry to define. With our Road to Consulting (RTC) event, our goal was to specifically introduce students to the realm of consulting and what a consulting career path has to offer. To do this, we designed our event around an interactive and informative panel discussion; we believed this would be a more engaging way to connect the students and representatives. RTC also included a mini case competition component where students were required to assume roles as consultants, and provide a solution to the supplied problem. At RTC, we wanted students to learn how they could get started with a career in consulting, the critical skill sets required, and what is expected of consultancy.
Students had the opportunity to participate in an engaging career panel, with representatives ranging from start-up consulting firms to massive corporations. This interactive Q&A session allowed students to glimpse into the various career paths that consulting offers. Students also had the opportunity to build strong networks with our corporate representatives enabling them to gain invaluable knowledge from a variety of backgrounds to learn from and network with.
The RTC case competition was created to provide students with the opportunity to improve important skills, such as the debriefing and analyzing of a real-world case, structured around top-tier management decision making and curated by industry professionals. Students also received feedback about their solutions directly from the representatives. What is the value in this? Well, students are able to move away from their ivory tower and towards more real-world business applications, all while receiving advice and suggestions from consultants in the field. As the top 5 finalists took the stage to present their findings, only one could come out on top. Congratulations Team Five, which consisted of Abdul Asini, Mark Sabotig, Ahad Syed, and Kaitlyn Fernandes whose ideation provided an exceptional solution to the NORDSTROM case.
Conferences and case competitions such as RTC provide students with valuable experience outside the classroom, that will inevitably be expected in the real work force. As the work-force grows and changes rapidly, insights into these conference events are invaluable, and we encourage all students to get involved. Find a way to test & hone your skills to become as market ready as possible.