Tobias Scharning Helmersen
Interview with Tobias Scharning Helmersen
Picture and personalia
- Born: 1994
- Degree: MSc in Business
- Position: Financial Adviser at Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
"Keep your shoulders low and don’t take it too seriously. Everybody were basically at your level when they started, so don’t stress about not knowing anything about case before you start."
When were you an active case student at BI and at which campus?
2018-2019, BI Oslo
Why did you decide to join BI’s case activities?
Sounded like a great opportunity to learn the skill needed for getting into consulting. I also felt that the traditional courses and lectures at BI did not teach the more practical skills that I would need later in work life. Case seemed like a great place to learn these (and it was!).
What was the name of your case team and how did you find your teammates?
1st team: Titan Consulting. Formed with other students on exchange in Hong Kong, plus one random student from BBA.
2nd team: Lagrange Consulting. Mix of Titan Consulting and original Lagrange Consulting.
Did you have a specific role on your team?
No, not really. Doing a bit of everything.
Which case competitions did you take part in?.
NHH International Case Competition 2018 and BIICC 2019
What is your best memory from your case journey at BI?
The whole NNH competition was a great experience, especially since it was our first competition so everything was completely new. I felt really special to get sponsored flight, hotel and wonderful dinners, and also represent our school in an international competition.
The closing parties for both competitions were also great. Lots of ambitious and interesting international students all celebrating the end of a great week. It is just a great bunch of people to be around.
What are your top three takeaways from case training and competitions?
- Practice pays off. We saw a huge change in our own team from when we started to our last competition.
- Start early! There is no reason to wait a year or two. A lot case solving is just about being creative, applying common business sense and having experience with the case format. So start now!
- Don’t take it too seriously. It’s only a fictional competition for students! There is no downside to messing up completely here, so use the chance to experiment and try out stuff.
What skills did you learn from participating in case which were relevant to your development/career and how?
- Presentation technique: Body posture, voice engagement and calmness.
- PowerPoint skills: Going from middle school level to actually good looking presentations.
- Problem solving: Especially fast brainstorming with tight deadlines.
Do you have any advice to students who are curious about case?
Just sign up and go to the trainings! Keep your shoulders low and don’t take it too seriously. Everybody were basically at your level when they started, so don’t stress about not knowing anything about case before you start.
Try to get some friends to join you, or go alone and you’re sure to find other people interested in improving their business skills.