NEWS OF THE ROTTERDAM CONSULTING CLUB

The RCC Advent Sunday 

The holiday spirit is alive – also here at the Rotterdam Consulting Club. That is why RCC is organizing an “Advent Sunday” event to show a big thank you for all your contributions and your participation.

Every Sunday from November 28th, 2021, till December 12th, 2021, we are going to upload a post on RCC’s Instagram page, where we will disclose to you some special surprises. Accordingly, every Sunday during the aforementioned period, we will announce a giveaway and the winners will be announced every Monday via our Instagram channel  and will be contacted by us for further details. This event is open for everyone so share the news and don’t miss a chance to be a winner! Good luck!

SUMMARY OF EVENTS IN NOVEMBER 2021

Case Workshop with DHL – The interactive case-solving session with DHL Consulting provided RCC members with a four-hour webinar on November 2nd, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the event was held online with 20 selected participants, who were chosen based on their CVs. During the event, the participants were given four cases with four problems which they had to work on with DHLC consultants and Case Solver trainers . After that, the participants were shown proactive engagement to follow up the training and to cover both the interviewer and interviewee perspectives on case studies. All of the cases covered during this workshop were prepared by Case Solvers trainers, who have  20+ years of experience at top-tier consulting companies. Through this practice, all participants had a chance to gain valuable feedback as well as identify their weaknesses in case-solving.

Case Workshop: Introduction to Case Interviews – During the evening case session hosted by Nicholas Constantinesco on November 3rd, 2021, approximately 50 RCC members were given helpful information regarding case interviews. The Introduction to Case Interviews also included some useful tips and tricks to help prepare for interviews. Nicholas said: “It was great! The students were curious and asked plenty of questions, which always makes the session interactive”. Participating members were also given a sample case to practice and discuss during the session.

Case Workshop with ZEB Consulting – During the event held on November 5th, 2021, RCC members were provided with ways to get insights into business cases and the necessary solving skills. The session was split into two parts: first starting with a short introduction to storylining, followed by putting the acquired knowledge to test by solving small cases and presenting them to the ZEB consultants. By practising several cases and getting tips to make up for their shortcomings, participants were able to acquire analytical insights and problem-solving skills, which enabled them not only to address problems correctly but also convince the audience with their own analysis.

Case Interview Coaching with Agnowledge – Gabor Olah (Deloitte UK) and Alessandro Catapano (Visiting Associate Boston Consulting Group) provided tips, tricks, strategies and frameworks about cases centered on ‘Mergers and Acquisitions’. The training session started with a 10 minutes introduction, during which relevant theories were presented to orientate students when addressing case problems. The  45 minutes of case solving time proceeded to align with the business case-solving structure; stating the business problem, clarifying the case, creating an issue tree, analyzing charts, analyzing risk, and articulating recommendations. The participants built their own analysis and interpretation of the cases by following the structures presented during the session. 

Case Workshop: Market Sizing – On November 16th,  2021, RCC members developed an insight on how to foresee the market and to know the business viability thanks to the knowledge provided by Aws Odish, the speaker of the market sizing case workshop The session was three hours long, and participants interactively engaged to understand the session by “doing”. 

SUMMARY OF EVENTS IN OCTOBER 2021

Following September’s successful recruitment and kick-off period, the RCC transitioned to October’s theme :“Introduction to Consulting”. In October, the first event was an introduction to a case interview session with RCC’s former President Lars Cretier (McKinsey Fellow), and former Vice President Eva Riering (BCG Associate). During the event, the two alumni introduced case interviews and their real-world experience on the topic. 50 RCC members attended the event and were able to directly ask their curious questions. Finally, the event ended with a casual Friday night beer at the Smitse.

On October 5th, RCC members were all invited to the Alumni Panel with Jacqueline (Bayer Consulting), Jochen (Accenture), and Jeroen (Oliver Wyman). During the event, members had the opportunity to ask their questions regarding the panellists’ personal experiences in consulting and general information about the field. Lastly, the Alumni shared with our 64 attending members some tips and tricks regarding the recruitment period in the consulting industry. 

The next event was a case workshop by an Ex-Partner at KPMG & Associate Principal at McKinsey, Nicholas Constantinesco. During the first session, on October 13th, 2021, the speaker went over relevant information related to the consulting industry. The topics covered include a brief introduction about current companies in the industry and their characteristics and Nicolas’ personal experiences in the field. 

In October, the last event was the interactive case-solving session with Capgemini Invent NL. Overall, 24 attending members were given a broad introduction about the company, followed by case-solving sessions and discussions. Subsequently, all members were divided into six groups and given one out of the three available cases to solve. According to Jos, Maarten and Milena (current members of RCC), the cases were interesting yet challenging! Afterwards, the groups were asked to present in front of the room and discuss their solutions. The Capgemini Invent NL team followed with some feedback and ended the session. After the event, Casper Stam, the Vice-President of Capgemini Invent NL, stated that “It was great! I can feel that the participants were energetic and creative. It’s always nice to hear different solutions to the case problems”.

OCTOBER CV-BOOSTERS

In October, the club announced and selected participants for three CV-Boosters. The first one is a project with the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) Deutschland. Four RCC members were selected to handle the project, namely, Sejal Kamat, Julia Kulakowska, Lysbeth Koster and Arnau Llobera, under the supervision of Jochen Schuler (RCC alumnus, currently working for Accenture). So far, the first project team has kicked off the project and is focusing on a risk tool adopted by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in their work (with corporations, governmental bodies, and other NGOs).

The second project of the month is the IXL Innovation Olympics, with a Forbes500 mining company as the client. Last year, both teams acting on behalf of the Rotterdam Consulting Club won top spots in the competition. The 2021 team that is representing RCC consists of Jozef Šaranko, Marie-Louise Moerenhout, Ivanna Zbrutska, Lennard Hoger, Vivianne Courte-Rathwell, and Yu-Hsun Wu. Our team competes against teams representing Yale University, Asian Institute of Management, Hult International Business School,  and IIM Lucknow. Nicholas van Niekerk, RCC’s Consulting Projects Manager, stated that “the competition will start in the coming week, and the RCC team hopes to make the club proud!”. Again, we hope to see our team perform well, and we wish the team good luck!

Lastly, three RCC teams are also starting the Go Global Apex Program tomorrow, in which they will spend 6 weeks developing US market-entry plans for their clients!

Are you a current member? Please keep an eye on our website for more updates regarding upcoming exciting events!

RESULTS OF THE RECRUITMENT FOR THE RCC 2021 / 2022

The Rotterdam Consulting Club has successfully ended the recruitment for 2021/2022. Thus, we are excited to announce that more than 200 students have applied to join our club, and around 200 students have been nominated to become exclusive or active members. 

Additionally, eight students were selected for filling a position within one of two committees: either the “Communications Committee” or the “Events Committee”. The committee members consist of master students from diverse backgrounds and nationalities and are in charge of organising RCC events and advertising RCC activities. On the one hand, the Communications Committee is in charge of advertising the RCC in various ways. For example, they regularly post updates via social media channels, newsletters, and website posts. On the other hand, the Events Committee organises the upcoming events, workshops, and training sessions which are helpful for members to gain knowledge about consulting and to build specific consulting skills.

Rotterdam Consulting Club is an excellent team of diverse and motivated people who are ready to learn from each other – we’re creating ‘reciprocal synergy’ to lead outstanding performance from our club. The member cohort of the 2021/2022 articulates how potential they are in becoming the competent/outstanding workforce. Specifically, all members of the RCC are hard working students with productivity and time management skills to deal with their hectic schedules, which can be explained by the high average GPA of the members (7.92). In addition, people with at least 1 internship account for 85%, showing that RCC is the place where  people can intertwine their theoretical and practical knowledge. Furthermore, RCC enables people to set a foundation to embark on a multinational career path based on an excellent curriculum with members of diverse backgrounds; there are people from 48 nationalities and 29 different programs. Rotterdam Consulting Club is the best stepping stone for people to deepen academic knowledge and to build international networking within an enthusiastic and talented pool.

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