On March 29th a group of 17 RCC members travelled to the Deloitte office in Amsterdam to meet internal consultants and solve a case. The event began with a presentation on the different departments within Deloitte and about how the company approaches client challenges. Then prearranged teams of 4-5 members broke out to solve a case. The teams were asked to prepare for an initial “client” interview followed by a presentation to three Deloitte consultants in a fast-paced environment. Following the presentation, the consultants selected a winning team. Following the case, a presentation was given on the recruitment process followed by informal networking drinks.
This year the exclusive members enjoyed a diverse program in Portugal’s beautiful capital during the annual study trip in March. On the first day, the students visited the Dutch Embassy for an interesting information and discussion session about the Portuguese economy, Dutch-Portuguese business relations and the responsibilities of a diplomat. Afterwards, they got a glimpse into Lisbon’s entrepreneurial scene by visiting the startup accelerator beta-i. Since 2010, beta-i has accelerated over 850 startups out of +5000 applications. The day was rounded off by a walking tour through the city and a traditional Portuguese dinner in Alfama, the oldest neighborhood of Lisbon.
On Friday the RCC members solved a case for Santander, one of the largest banks in Europe. The consulting firm Business Setting gave a workshop about different approaches towards cultural transformation. Then the students split up in groups and each of them applied a different change management technique to develop concepts to overcome Santander’s challenges in Portugal. The second half of the trip was used by the participants to enjoy the sunshine, Portuguese cuisine and to discover Lisbon’s surroundings, such as the Sintra, the beaches and cliffs as well as the most Western point of Europe.
The RCC board and the study trip committee would like to thank the Dutch Embassy, beta-i, Business Setting and Santander for hosting us. We hope they enjoy the Dutch ‘stroopwafels’ that we brought for them!
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On Monday March 5th at 17:30, former McKinsey consultant Nicolas Constantinesco gave a sold-out case interviewing workshop to a packed audience of RCC members and nonmembers. The evening lasted for four hours and featured methods for building your own structures for cases rather than relying on frameworks developed in books. Interactive breakout sessions were interwoven with Constantinesco’s advice and experience. He delved deeply into his three golden rules of case interviewing and provided analysis of examples in which seemingly good interviews fail to satisfy the specific aspects desired by interviewers. Questions were asked throughout, making the whole session very interactive.
Constantinesco worked for McKinsey & Company for 8 years working on a wide range of corporate finance, strategy and operations engagements. He later joined KPMG where he co-founded and built the Operations Strategy Group, a team of 40 management consultants. At both McKinsey and KPMG, Nicolas focused on the recruitment process and professional development. He now trains and coaches students to get into the most prestigious consulting firms.
On Monday the 26th of February RCC welcomed BDO Consulting to host a session on the opportunities to work at BDO and to practice a case study. The evening was kicked off by the recruiter Chris, who explained the career opportunities at BDO and the different departments within the advisory sector. He also showed the students BDO’s position in comparison to the Big Four firms and smaller advisory firms. After that, two consultants explained more in detail about consulting at BDO, such as the typical types of projects they do and the clients they have, including how a typical work week looks like as a BDO consultant. Students had the opportunity to ask a lot of question which made the session highly interactive.
After the presentation it was time for the students to apply their consulting skills. For that, BDO had prepared a case related to the healthcare division of a hospital. The students had 45 minutes to solve the case and come up with creative solutions. After 45 minutes it was time to present the recommendations. BDO was impressed by the recommendations of all teams, but one team was named the winner, as they had the most creative and innovative solution.
When the session came to an end, it was time for some networking drinks in the Smitse before everyone went home.