Recap of 2017/2018 and About RCC 2018/2019

Welcome to the RCC website! If you are a Master student at the RSM thinking about joining a university club, you are in the right place! We created this post with a short recap of the past year, some shortcuts so that you don’t have to waste time browsing through all the possible extensions of our website and our vision for the next academic year.

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The 2017/18 academic year has been a very fruitful year. Both the number of members  and partners  has increased exponentially. Moreover, we have also become an officially recognised student organisation at the RSM. As a result our club has become a somewhat exclusive opportunity for students to practice and improve consulting skills, to network and to socialize with like-minded people.

The activities we organise are mostly case interview preparations, but also workshops and in-house days. To see examples, you can find our event calendar here or scroll through our blog posts. Once a year, we also organize a study trip. You can read about last years’ trip to Lisbon here.

Becoming a member means you will have access to all of our members-only events, free and prioritized access for our charged, open events which have capacity limits and you can join our study trip. The entrance fee of 125€ for the academic year will be paid after your application has been approved. You can read more about membership or how to apply here.

To join, we would like to ask you to send us a letter of motivation, your CV and your up-to-date academic transcript. After this we will evaluate all of the applications and you will be invited for an interview. The 70 students most suitable for our club will be invited to join us.

Becoming a member doesn’t stop with the academic year! You will also have access to our growing alumni database and get in contact with our alumni who already work in the industry and are happy to share tips and stories about their way into consulting.

Our vision for this year is to continue the growth of last year. The applications deadline is on the 16th of September, as our first event organized by CaseSolvers is already on the 6th of October. Other events will include three workshops with Nicolas Constantinesco, who is a former Associate Principle at McKinsey & Co and former Partner at KPMG, a two-day case preparation event with DHL Consulting, in-house days at the Big 4, case competitions and social events like dinners, drinks, a winter gala and much more.

We hope that this post has helped you get a quick overview of the RCC and we hope to see you on our information evening on the 5th or 11th of September!

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Thank You and Farewell

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Dear RCC board, partners and members,

What an amazing year it has been! It is impressive to look back at all we have achieved together, the events we have organized, and the successful trainings we have done. This past year we grew to 70 exclusive members, held 37 events, and forged 8 new corporate partnerships. This marks a remarkable period of growth, and bodes extremely well for the future of the organization. We could only have realized this success with all of your support.

I would like to thank the board members for their endless motivation and work for the Rotterdam Consulting Club. Eamon O’Keefe, Astrid Charlotte Florax, and Gaia Brouwers, you were the best board I could have wished for. Also a big thank you to the members for your great enthusiasm and participation. Lastly I would like to thank our corporate partners for the fruitful collaborations; the club is happy to continue these partnerships in coming years. This academic year, RCC organized events with BDO, Business Setting, Boer & Croon, CORE Consulting, Deloitte, DHL Consulting, EY, KPMG, Progressive Recruitment, Simon-Kucher & Partners, and Venturis Consulting Group.

My time as President of the Rotterdam Consulting Club is concluding, and Philipp Härtel will assume the presidency.  He will introduce himself and his new board in August. It is hard to let go of such an ambitious association, but I am very proud of what we have achieved and I am ready to move on to the next step in my career. Thank you all for being part of our journey and for supporting me in our mission to prepare, inspire, and connect students to the world of consulting.

Let’s stay in touch.

Best regards,
Cato Bui
RCC President 2017-2018

RCC x CaseSolvers Final Case Interview Session

On Thursday May 3rd RCC hosted its final case interview session.  Unusual to our typical case interview sessions, CaseSolvers created a case specifically for RCC and this was distributed to members to solve in pairs.  The case was a challenging multi-step case that involved both quantitative and qualitative aspects, meant as an culmination of the year’s work on case interviews.  Following the solving session, the teams returned and watched a video of a CaseSolver consultant solve the case.  By seeing how the case was solved by a professional, members could compare their own performances.  This was followed by additional cases solved by members.

Nicolas Constantinesco – Advanced Case Interview Workshop

On April 23rd, Nicolas Constantinesco returned to RCC to deliver an advanced workshop following his earlier case interview workshop.  The workshop continued with more specific training for those who have practiced more than 15-20 cases, and featured a smaller select group of RCC members.  The workshop involved a combination of lecture, case practice, analysis, q&a, and industry tips from Nicolas’ many years of consulting experience.

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.

New Board Recruitment

BoardAre you driven, ambitious, and searching for a challenge during your master’s degree? Are you pursuing a career in consulting?

The Rotterdam Consulting Club is now accepting applications for the new 2018/19 board. As a board member of RCC, you have the opportunity to help train the next generation of high potential consultants, build relationships with consultants from top firms in the Netherlands, bond with your fellow board members and members of RCC, and lead in organizing a range of exciting professional and social events. Interested? Apply now and become a leader of the official consulting student organization at the Rotterdam School of Management.

Open positions:
President
Vice President
Sales Manager
Event Manager
Marketing Manager

More information on the different positions will be posted on Facebook the coming weeks, like our page to stay up to date! The application deadline is 27 April at 17:00. Send your CV and motivation letter for your preferred position to rotterdam@consultingclub.nl.

For all questions you can reach out to the current board members. Furthermore, we will organize board recruitment drinks on 23 April from 16.00-17.00 in the Smitse to meet all of you and answer all final questions.

RCC X KPMG

On April 16th a group of 27 RCC members visited the KPMG office in Rotterdam to learn more about the company’s IT / digital strategy consulting practice, meet internal consultants, and solve a case. The event began with a presentation on KPMG and the three company representatives plus the recruiter present discussed opportunities within the firm. The presentation had an interactive digital element by which the winners of a digital IQ type test were awarded prizes by KPMG.  A pizza dinner provided by KPMG was followed by prearranged teams of 5-6 members breaking out to solve a case. The fast paced environment proved challenging, but feedback for all the teams. Following the presentations, members and consultants engaged in an informal networking drink.

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RCC x Deloitte

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.

RCC Study Trip Lisbon

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!

New Board Recruitment!

Are you driven, ambitious, and searching for a challenge during your master’s degree? Are you pursuing a career in consulting?
The Rotterdam Consulting Club is now accepting applications for the new 2018/19 board. As a board member of RCC, you have the opportunity to help train the next generation of high potential consultants, build relationships with consultants from top firms in the Netherlands, bond with your fellow board members and members of RCC, and lead in organizing a range of exciting professional and social events. Interested? Apply now and become a leader of the official consulting student organization at the Rotterdam School of Management.
Open positions:
President
Vice President
Sales Manager
Event Manager
Marketing Manager
More information on the different positions will be posted during the coming weeks, like our page to stay up to date! The application deadline is 27 April at 17:00. Send your CV and motivation letter for your preferred position to rotterdam@consultingclub.nl.
For all questions you can reach out to current board members. Furthermore, we have organized board recruitment drinks on 23 April from 16.00-17.00 in the Smitse to meet all of you and answer any additional questions.POST