There are also two courses offered in the Fall and Summer semesters (MBA659 Strategies in Action: Case Competition and MBA695 Live Case Experience) where selected students master the art of case competitions for course credit. Tryouts for these classes happen every spring. All these opportunities are managed by the CCC.
Besides being a highlight on my CV, how useful are case competitions to my future?
There are some highly transferable skills that you will develop as a case cracker, which are constructive for your future career: honing your presentation skills, learning to solve complex challenges under pressure and mastering the delicate balance of team dynamics. Many competitors also receive personalized coaching to identify and improve specific weaknesses.
However, the real edge that case crackers have over other students is in their business acumen, decision making dexterity, and ability to think and react on their feet. Through applied learning, case competitions bridge the gap between academia and real world obstacles that companies face. This forces students to play an executive role, assess challenges from a holistic point of view, think critically about solutions and become a respected decision maker. Strengthening your case cracking skills lends to leadership development and recruiters definitely notice these abilities.
Participating in competitions is also an excellent networking opportunity. Most competitions host networking dinners and events where the judges and company representatives often attend to meet participating students. Regardless of a competition’s outcome, you can always be noticed for a stand-out performance.
This sounds exciting, but stressful! Is it really worth it to do case competitions?