NEWS OF THE ROTTERDAM CONSULTING CLUB

RCC 22/23 Member Applications are now open!

The applications for Active and Exclusive membership are now open!

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The deadline for applications is on the 19th of September at 23:59!

RCC 2022/2023 Board Announcement

The new board for the Rotterdam Consulting Club has been chosen and has been working on the strategy for the upcoming academic year behind the scenes. Check out the board page for more information about the new board.

RCC 2021/22 Highlights

RCC Weekly Case Practice Sessions.

The weekly case practice sessions are one-on-one individual case training sessions, in which RCC members can prepare for their job interviews. 

Every Monday (on-campus) and Tuesday (online), RCC members had the chance to solve 2 to 3 cases. During these  sessions, they could gain some key takeaways from the perspective of the interviewer and interviewee.    

 

RCC 3-Meal Course Dinner.

One of RCC’s special activities, a social dinner event was organized on the 23rd of February. RCC members enjoyed an exclusive 3-meal course dinner in De Tuin’s greenhouse which is located next to the lake. With a nice view, they enjoyed the networking time with other members. As delicious food always leads to a good mood, our social networking event was a success! 

 

RCC Conference – “The Global Challenge – How Economies Need to Transform”.

RCC’s annual flagship event, “The Global Challenge – How Economies Need to Transform”, was held on the 24th of March 2022. Speakers from KPMG, Oliver Wyman, and Philips presented their leading thoughts and visions on the topic of “sustainability” in their industry. The speeches showed RCC members how the real business world tackles the sustainability issue. After the event, RCC members and speakers enjoyed networking drinks at the Pavilion.

 

 

 

The Last Social Event of RCC 2021/22 – BBQ at Kralingse Plas!

Wrapping up our long journey in 2021/22, RCC organized a BBQ party at Kralingse Plas, the wooded and beautiful lake, on June 1st, 2022.

RCC members celebrated together the end of their journey at Rotterdam Consulting Club.

Luckily, the weather was perfect for our BBQ party. During warm weather and a lot of sun, the members played volleyball and spend some time on connecting and networking with each other.

We hope that everyone who participated enjoyed our last event.

A big thank you to all the RCC members who made our events throughout the last year so incredible! 

We wish you all the best for your future! 

Wrap-Up RCC Company Events 2021/2022!

Capgemini

Capgemini gave an offline presentation to a group of selected RCC members. The presentation was based on their corporate experience, data finance, compliance, and strategy. This intervention provided RCC members with a novel analytical insight into real business cases. After the presentation, an interactive case session took place where students had the chance to  apply theoretical insights to reality, thus improving their abilities to understand business issues in a clear and more structured manner. 

DHL Consulting: Case Interview Workshop

DHL provided RCC members with a 4h long best-in-class workshop where professionals supplied a series of interview tips utilizing both interviewer and interviewee perspectives. During the event, RCC members were divided into groups to solve real cases with other colleagues and  to share different perspectives on the topics. All the cases covered in this workshop were developed by Case Solvers, a top-tier consulting firm with 20+ years of experience. After the case-solving session, all the solutions were tackled by five experts who are DHL consultants and Case Solvers trainers who gave additional feedback. 

ZEB Consulting

ZEB Consulting gave RCC members tips on how to successfully master business cases. In this seminar, ZEB Consulting focused on how to address the cases efficiently and to use storylining to convince the audience. Following the seminar, RCC members had a chance to test their acquired knowledge and storylining skills through several small case studies. 

Capgemini Invent (Austria)

As a global innovation company, Capgemini Invent presented how innovation is applied in practice. During the workshop, they demonstrated how an innovation approach can be segmented into three stages: 1) ideation exercises 2) designing ideas 3) visualizing the solution. RCC members learned how to tackle a business case by transforming their innovative ideas and turning them into marketable solutions. 

Oliver Wyman: Fit Interview Workshop

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting combining deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organizational transformation. During the event, Oliver Wyman spokespeople covered interview tips regarding highly complex business and legal issues. Furthermore, RCC members gained tips on how to crack real cases and design a solution in alignment with the brand strategy. 

Korn Ferry: Company Presentation and Case Solving Workshop

During the event, RCC members learned how to crack a business problem within a limited time. Based on the well-structured answers, RCC members could pinpoint the key concept of the real cases. 

Strategy &

This collaborative event featured the German and Dutch offices of Strategy& during which they shared their experiences and organizational cultures with RCC members. Furthermore, they presented the potential opportunity for RCC members’ career paths with them. Through Q&A sessions, they could get to know each other in an interactive and intimate atmosphere.

Collegium: Inhouse Day

Our first in-house event was held at Collegium, which is a corporate finance and valuation advisory boutique. Their expertise lies in the combination of transaction and financial valuation including M&A advisory, valuations, and transaction advisory. RCC members were invited to the Collegium office to attend a workshop to get to know the company and its overall services on the trajectory of the clients’ relationship. Following a 3h workshop, networking drinks took place to provide a casual setting in which the attendees could get to know each other.  

Bain & Company NL + Bain Germany

Bain & Company is one of the Big 3 leading management consultancy firms, which offers business solutions to global leaders who want to define the future and handle it actively. Remaining an amicable relationship with clients is one of their key advantages. The event consisted of a workshop to enhance presentation skills, which is a critical skill when facing clients. After the workshop, the wrap-up and Q&A sessions were offered separately in Dutch and German to answer specific questions in detail. 

KPMG: Climate Risk Workshop

KPMG presented how current business trends  are aligning with the rise of climate concerns. During the event, the speakers introduced KPMG’s business mission and how they are tackling Corporate Sustainability Management.  RCC members practiced real business cases from the perspective of sustainability and presented their insights to other colleagues and KPMG consultants. Afterwards, the company provided  a feedback session, during which divergent opinions were further investigated.

Capgemini Invent NL

Capgemini Invent is a transformation powerhouse where they accelerate ideas into prototypes and scalable real-world solutions that help clients design their future. The in-house day took place at the company’s office in Utrecht. The students were welcomed by the VP and the consultants. Then, the consultants proceeded to explain a bit about Capgemini. After the presentation, the students were taken on an office tour, showing them around different spaces and their future potential working areas. After a small break, 3 business cases were presented. 3 teams worked on the cases and then presented their findings to the consultants for feedback. The day ended with nice drinks and snacks! 

Monitor Deloitte

Monitor Deloitte helps its clients to navigate the future by bringing value and transformational success combined with deep industry insights. The event started with an explanation of cascading, a type of business strategy. Subsequently, the speaker at the in-house day talked about which services they offer to clients and described how to to set a winning strategy by aligning business strategy with internal and external circumstances. In the case study session, RCC members got the chance to apply this information to a real business case. After presenting their analysis and findings, Deloitte managers provided constructive feedback.

 

On behalf of RCC,

We are immensely thankful for the participation and attention of all RCC members. Also, we would like to express our gratitude to the companies for their valuable time and cooperation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sustainability has become the topic of today, and we even start making decisions in our daily lives with the sustainability of our actions in mind. So, what does “sustainability” challenge in the economy? 

We are thrilled to announce the two-day event, The Global Challenge – How Economies Need To Transform which will be our 2022 flagship event created to explore the ongoing business trends. The aim of this event is to understand in what ways different business industries deal with “sustainability”, and to explore the different perspectives on “how they should tackle a sustained business world”. During the conference day, we will have speakers from global companies presenting their leading thoughts and visions aligned with “sustainability”. This event is open for all EUR student and free, so don’t miss out on signing up! 

Here’s a quick look at the speaker lineup for this event:

DAY 1 Lineup (Wednesday, 23th of March) 

Sustainable Panel 16:00 – 18:00 (online via zoom) 

  • Jacqueline Jansen (Consultant Bayer)
  • Jeroen Schmitz (Senior Consultant Oliver Wyman)

DAY 2 Lineup (Thursday, 24th of March) 

Conference 16:00 – 18:00 (on campus) 

  • Harald Tepper (Philips – Senior Director Sustainable Development)
  • Cornelia Neumann (Oliver Wyman Partner – ESG Risk Management & Risk Advisory) 
  • Arnoud Walrecht (KPMG Sustainability Director – Global Circular Economy Lead

Networking Drinks 18:00 – 19:00 (Pavillion)

  • Get to know the speakers and other students at an informal drink. First drinks are on us!

Do you have any questions about the following topics? Participate in our panel Q&A to ask your question or discuss your thoughts. 

Curious how economies will transform? Register now!

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022/2023 WILL OPEN SOON!

We are delighted that in recent years, we have received a large number of applications for both exclusive and active members. As a result, we want to open applications for new members in August 2022. Soon, more details will be provided!

RCC ALUMNI INTERVIEW

Last month, the RCC Communications Committee had the opportunity to chat with two RCC Alumni, Linda and Mario. Both were enthusiastic in giving us insights into the consulting world, and we hope you can learn from their experiences!

So, quick introduction!

Linda is currently working in the finance sector in the program leadership team at Deloitte Consulting Switzerland. The main task of this team is managing big projects.

Mario Perrelli is currently doing an internship as a Summer Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Milan. 

Let’s get to it. What do you think is the most crucial capability for your current roles?

“Communication skills are essential since most of the time on the job is spent on maintaining good relationships with relevant stakeholders. Then, having an analytical approach and seeing problems with a 360-degree view. It will tremendously help you reach a goal or solve a problem.” – Mario

“What they want you to do is basic strategic skills, such as using concepts (e.g., MECE model) that you’ve learned in school. And they want people to be analytic and be able to talk to clients well. Even though these are prerequisites that the company wants, personal motivation is the most important thing they look at, like how enthusiastic you are.” – Linda

How does your prior experience (RCC) help you prepare for this job?

Well, I gained the necessary skills from both university and previous job experience. I think that doing group projects in university enhanced my communication skills. However, my time at Amazon and generally living abroad also further improved my communication skills.” – Mario

“Becoming part of RCC was one of the best decisions I made throughout the last year. It was academically (e.g., grades) helpful and led me to embark on my recruitment journey because it has a lot of workshops and interviews to get to know which daily tasks consultants face.”  – Linda 

Lastly, any tips for current RCC members that want to work at a consulting firm?

“Practice the cases; before applying, I did around 30 cases. Make a group or join one with people interested in doing practice cases. Lastly, do some networking on LinkedIn in the city where you’re applying for the position. It’s important to know about the company/job beforehand so that you’re more prepared for the fit questions.” – Mario

I’d like to advise everyone to make use of RCC’s workshops as much as possible. For me, the case workshops were helpful to prepare for case solving interviews. Also, networking is essential. As you can ask questions during company events, connect to them on LinkedIn, and reach out to them. Accordingly, networking with companies and co-students is essential.” – Linda.

RCC CONSULTING PROJECTS AND COMPETITIONS

In the past, the RCC teams have completed several consulting projects aimed to provide creative insights to solve real-business problems. During the project journey, they showed great cooperation with their clients and teamwork to deliver the best outcome. We are surprised at the proliferation of solutions devised and their retrospective team work. Congrats to the RCC team members for completing the projects successfully!

Consulting Project WWF-Germany

The goal of WWF-Deutschland project was to bring creativity to the feasible solutions regarding corporate engagement. 

My team consisted of different backgrounds and I loved to learn different points of view during this project. Also, other RCC members and WWF managers mentored us to navigate the project in the right way and I could broaden my insights to the real business world through this learnings from RCC and WWF.– Sejal Kameat, WWF participant  

IXL Innovation Olympics Case Competition

The IXL project members showed great teamwork to solve the real business problems that major global companies face these days. During this project, the team members had a great reciprocal synergy to brainstorm ideas toward “sustainability”. 

“It was amazing to learn the way to manage innovation from our mentors from IXL Center. Such knowledge became our weapons to help clients demonstrate the business map and gradually turned into action plans to implement the innovation. Appreciate mentors for providing guidance when we encounter bottle necks!” – Yu-Hsun Wu, IXL participant 

“Innovation literally requires the next level of creativity, therefore the research has to be really accurate. Also, I’ve learned that innovation management is a team oriented task and I could figure it out through team synergy. I’m really grateful that I could open my eyes to all the chances to do innovation in the whole business world.” – Vivianne Courte-Rathwell, IXL participant   

Go Global program 

The Go Global Program with Apex Brasil and IXL center addressed the market expansion plans for the USA. Four teams from the RCC were assigned to the different companies to aid them in their market expansion strategy.  

Join us for a zoom call with KPMG, BCG & EY-Parthenon

Date: Tuesday, 7th December 2021

Time: 18:00 – 20:00 CET

Location: Zoom

Companies: KPMG, BCG & EY-Parthenon

Speakers: Sandra Zahn (Partner at EY-Parthenon), Mara Kronauer (Consultant at BCG), Richard Petricioli Rios (Consultant at EY-Parthenon), Linn Pickhardt (Incoming Consultant at KPMG)

Registration link: https://forms.gle/gcPEibeUiNfrr3Af6

Event Description:

RCC invites all RSM students to join us for an exclusive Zoom event with KPMG, BCG & EY Parthenon!

What’s it like being a 2 year associate at BCG? How do you transition from a psychology master to consulting? What does a job at either one of these companies look like after your studies? What does a partner in strategy consulting do and how do you get there?

Our speakers have been where you are now – students unsure of what exactly the future looks like. Join us for an event dedicated to helping you understand what life in consulting is really like once you graduate!

For members, view the event by clicking the following link:

Join us for a Zoom Call with KPMG, BCG & EY Parthenon!

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

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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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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