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  • The Joys of Case Competitions

    It’s that time of the year where you look at your schedule and automatically feel stressed!  Right now, many students like myself are busy with midterms, case competitions and interviews for internships. 

    Last week, four of my friends and myself competed in the Boeing Business Case Competition.  A Case Competition is where a company presents students with a problem the company is currently dealing with and a team has the opportunity to present their solution to the company.  

    In the competition, Boeing presented Illinois students with a supply chain problem they are currently dealing with, and it was our task to come up with a solution to their problem and present it to their Supply Chain team.  I was proud of our team for placing 2nd out of the ten teams.  Even though we did not win the competition, it was still a gratifying experience as we have all received interviews for various positions within Boeing.  It’s such a rewarding experience to work in a group of dedicated students who all push each other to do their best work.  I can say that the group of students I had the opportunity to work with are some of the most talented and driven students I know. 

    One of the best aspects of my Illinois experience thus far has been the opportunity to collaborate as a group on various projects and cases.  The College of Business provides students with many opportunities to work with real companies in real world situations though case competitions and consulting projects.  Case competitions build on the skills learned in the classroom while providing real world experience in a practical setting. 

    Until next time,

    Landen C