BI Case Alumni

Yash Sharma

Interview with Yash Sharma

Picture and personalia 

  • Born: 1999
  • Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
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"It is definitely a great experience, and if you are curious about consulting, it is a great place to start and build your career."

When were you an active case student at BI and at which campus?
August 2018 till April 2020 in the Oslo Campus

Why did you decide to join BI’s case activities?
I decided to join because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do after I graduated from university, and I thought that join the case competition could show me more about the world of consulting to see if was of interest to me.

What was the name of your case team and how did you find your teammates?
My team was called Nordic Guardian Consulting. My friend, who participated in the case crash course, formed a team with 2 other of his friends and me.

Did you have a specific role on your team?
For the most part, we all just did all the work together, but my specific role came to also include the finances and the Q&A sections as I was the most confident in these two areas.

Which case competitions did you take part in?
I took part in BI National Case Competition 2018, BIICC Open 2019 and IE Business School BBA Case Challenge 2019. In addition, I was qualified to attend the Münster Case Challenge 2019, but sadly could not attend due to visa issues. I was also part of the team preparing for Belgrade Case Competition 2020, but it was cancelled due to Covid-19.

What is your best memory from your case journey at BI?
Best memory was during the final round of the IE competition where my entire team worked very cohesively and produced what we (and case adviser Svein) thought was one of the best solutions we ever came up with. In that day, every doubt we had with our solution was quickly resolved and we really did think about all the aspects of the solution.

What are your top three takeaways from case training and competitions?

  1. It’s important to consider who you are speaking to when you present, different people, even within the same company, can and will be interested in different parts of a presentation.
  2. It’s important to look at how others approach problems.
  3. BI’s case director Svein Lund can seem direct and rude at times during his feedback sessions, but he’s actually one of the best mentors any case solver can hope to have.

What skills did you learn from participating in case which were relevant to your development/career and how?
Presentation making skills.

Do you have any advice to students who are curious about case?
It is definitely a great experience, and if you are curious about consulting, it is a great place to start and build your career.