This Fall, GW Undergraduate Consulting Group hosted a university-wide Case Competition. It marks the first Case Competition at GW hosted by a student organization. Given the importance we place on professional development, we find case competitions to be an invaluable resource and opportunity for students interested in consulting. The competition inspired other organizations and individuals on campus to focus on bringing more ‘learning by-doing’ events to students.
The competition featured 12 teams, each which was judged by professional consultants from IBM, Deloitte, and KPMG. This event allowed students the opportunity to showcase their analytical and presentation abilities in front of professional consultants. Teams analyzed a business case study, came up with a solution, and delivered a presentation. Through participating in the competition, students were able to gain a better understanding of the complex business problems consultants work to solve.
Given the increasing importance of integrating professional development with academia, UCG found it extremely valuable for students to learn by doing. We saw the case competition as a way for participants to practice and develop their professional skillset, while also exploring the field of consulting. Not only did we aim to promote awareness of consulting as an industry, but also foster relationships between students and professionals. At the competition, participants received immediate and formal feedback from professionals, and had the ability to engage in follow-up conversations.