The first week of university holidays was particularly exciting for me and three other QUT Business School students Royce Adcock, Cameron Edwards and Alex Sargent. We participated in the Australian Undergraduate Business Case Competition (known as AUBCC) in Sydney. AUBCC is an annual international consulting case competition presented by QUT Business School and UNSW Business School with 16 teams from Australia and around the world participating.
Instead our week kicked off in Beijing where, alongside the QUT Business School’s Assistant Dean (International), Andrew Paltridge, we workshopped with international high school students at the Beijing City International School (BCIS), introducing them to the world of case competitions ahead of our own upcoming competition at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
On Thursday 1 March, myself and three other QUT business students, Andrew Trubshaw, Jess Bohan and Jasmine Darvill set off to compete at the Sauder Summit, a week-long global consulting case competition. Hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, the Sauder Summit pits students representing twelve of the world’s most prestigious business schools against each other to create solutions for real and complex business situations. The competition format involves two 5-hour cases that determine seeding for a final, winner takes all 24-hour case.
On Friday, February 16, a team of four QUT students boarded an international flight to swap Brisbane’s heatwave for the Montreal snow. Brodie Wilson, Bec Colbrook, Elliott Flowers and myself were set to represent QUT at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC), hosted by Concordia University, Montreal.
On the 8th of February, Patrick Gorenac, Alicia Beggs, John Beckinsale, and I began the long journey to Gainesville, Florida. With much excitement, and many practice cases under our belts, we boarded the 11am flight headed to LA, en route to the Heavener International Case Competition (HICC). The competition itself, run by the University of Florida, brings together exceptional students from 20 business schools around the globe, aiming to expose them to the strategic challenges and decisions encountered by global business leaders.
On Friday 25 of August 2017, Nick Di Savia, Dominic Jones, Andrew Trubshaw and I made our way to Queenstown, New Zealand to compete in one of the country’s premiere case competitions. The SDS International Case Competition, run by the NZ Student Development Society (SDS), brings together students from 12 of the best business schools globally to solve challenging consulting problems for both small and larger scaled enterprises. The QUT team, accompanied by our advisor Mr. Bill Proud, entered the departure lounge of the Brisbane Airport ready for a week filled with adventure, challenges as well as new and exciting experiences… We were certainly not disappointed.
On Sunday August 28th, myself and three other QUT business students, Tom Craddock, Nick Di Savia and Marija Grubor, set off for Asia’s premier business case competition hosted at the National University of Singapore (NUS). The NUS case competition brings together students from 16 of the best business schools globally to solve challenging business problems under limited time constraints. Along with our advisor, Adelle Bish, the team were ready for a week of surprises, challenges and lasting memories…we sure weren’t disappointed.
It’s not every day you come across an opportunity to have your business ideas heard by executives from one of the biggest brands in the world at their global headquarters in Paris. So for myself and two other QUT Business students, Jack Nolan and Tom Hunn, L’Oréal’s annual international Marketing competition, Brandstorm, was the perfect opportunity to explore our love of buzz-worthy brand campaigns and leverage our mutually shared case of wanderlust.
Three months of preparation later, our team presented a campaign pitch at L’Oréal’s Australian Headquarters in Melbourne, where we were fortunate enough to be awarded first place and a spot at the International Finals in Paris. This June, we’ll be representing Australia against forty-eight other national teams from across the globe in the hopes of becoming the first Australian team ever to be awarded Brandstorm World Champions.
Two weeks ago, I embarked on one of ‘those’ journeys. You know the ones. The trips where you learn unimaginable things, and leave with tears in your eyes as you part from the new friends you now call family. It’s corny, but it’s true – this one happened to be the University of Auckland’s Champions Trophy Case Competition.