- Age: 25
- Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics (BI) & Master in Finance (MIT Sloan)
- Position: Associate at Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
"Do not be afraid to try it out and put yourself at the spot. If you find that you like it, give it your full effort and you will get a memorable experience and a unique skillset as a student."
When were you an active case student at BI and at which campus?
I was an active case student at BI from spring 2017 to fall 2018 at the Oslo Campus.
Why did you decide to join BI’s case activities?
When I decided to be an active member of the case club was when they announced that they will send a team to New Zealand. Then I realized that case solving is both fun and awarding.
What was the name of your case team and how did you find your teammates?
Team name: Blue Consulting. All my teammates were good friends in my cohort at BI.
Did you have a specific role on your team?
Not really, we tried to change roles frequently to get a good learning experience.
Which case competitions did you take part in?
- International Case Competition at New Zealand
- International Case Competition at NHH, Norway
- BI’s national case competition
What is your best memory from your case journey at BI?
The trip to New Zealand was remarkable. The cabin trip in the mountains and the learning we got out of the days we were there were fantastic.
What are your top three takeaways from case training and competitions?
- It takes time and effort to improve, but what you learn is highly relevant for the rest of your professional career.
- The social gatherings and people are a significant part of the experience and if you like work hard, play hard, case competitions are great.
- The BI Case coaches such as Marielle and Svein are there for you and you will get the help and resources to have fun and improve during training and competitions.
What skills did you learn from participating in case which were relevant to your development/career and how?
The two most valuable skills were communication and business maturity.
Through a lot of case solving, my presentation skills have gone from practically zero to understanding how to communicate and organize key messages through powerpoint slides and oral presentation, as well as how to handle though questions from executives in a Q&A.
By business maturity, I refer to my understanding of how executives think, how corporations work and what to think about when proposing changes to a company. In the beginning, my ideas were unrealistic, not financially sound, did not cohere with the current strategy and culture, how change x will impact y etc.
Do you have any advice to students who are curious about case?
Do not be afraid to try it out and put yourself at the spot. If you find that you like it, give it your full effort and you will get a memorable experience and a unique skillset as a student.