Interview with Eirik Storkås
Picture and Personalia
- Born: 1999
- Degree: bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from BI Norwegian Business School and currently doing a master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration at Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
"Even if you are just a tiny bit curious, give it a shot."
When were you an active case student at BI and at which campus?
I got involved with the case activities during my third year of my bachelor’s degree, at BI campus Trondheim, 2020-2021.
Why did you decide to join BI’s case activities?
After my first year at BI, I got an invitation to participate, but that year I failed to round up a team to participate with. After my second year I had heard from a case alumni about the experience and I decided I wanted to do give case solving a shot the following semester.
What was the name of your case team and how did you find your teammates?
My first team were called HEEO Consulting. I found my teammates during the first introductory meeting for the case activities.
Did you have a specific role on your team?
I was mainly responsible for the financial estimates of our solution, but I also functioned as the coordinator of the group.
Which case competitions did you take part in?
- BI National Case Competition
- BI Case Challenge
- CBS Invitational Case Competition
What is your best memory from your case journey at BI?
I have so many good memories, but if I had to pick just one, I think the evening where I got to know all the other participants at the CBS Invitational Case Competition. Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, we did not get to travel to Copenhagen and meet everyone, but the social happenings over Zoom were a pure joy. I really enjoyed getting to know the students from the different schools in Europe.
What are your top three takeaways from case training and competitions?
- What you learn from case training and competitions will benefit you in almost every aspect of your studies and professional life. I have learned so much from case that I otherwise would have been left to learn myself, and I am so thankful for the experience.
- I have become so much more confident in myself and my abilities. Solving case challenges opens your eyes to what you really are capable of doing.
- It can be hard at times, but the feeling you get when you are done makes it all worth it.
What skills did you learn from participating in case which were relevant to your development/career and how?
Before I joined the case activities, I had virtually no experience in presenting or designing PowerPoints. Now I know a lot more about how to design and communicate my messages. My experiences with presenting have helped me a lot with other courses at BI.
Do you have any advice to students who are curious about case?
Even if you are just a tiny bit curious, give it a shot. Personally, I wish I would have joined case competitions earlier. My advice for students looking to participate in case activities is to be open minded, and to be curious, that’s what case solving is all about.