Virtual Consultancy Challenge 2020

Gain valuable experience during lockdown by solving real a business problem for a professional client.

Virtual Challenge

Gain hands-on, voluntary experience, work with professional clients, and boost your skills, as you collaborate in teams as consultants to solve real issues as part of the Virtual Consultancy Challenge.

Open to all undergraduate students graduating in July 2020, we’re here to help you to boost your CV despite COVID-19, with all tasks able to be completed from the comfort of your own home.

As well as the chance to develop valuable skill in project management, influencing, innovation, time-management and team-working, you'll also be gaining hands-on, practical experience that will look great on your CV.

You'll get an insight into how professional organisations approach change, and by using technology to communicate and collaborate, you'll be equipping yourself with valuable virtual skills that will be invaluable in the future.

Applications for the current round have now closed.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How will it work?

In small teams, you'll take on the role of virtual consultants to solve a business 'challenge'. As a team, you'll spend a collective total of around 80 hours on the project, over a four week period (around 6 hours a week each). This could include collaborating virtually with your team to discuss ideas, communicating with your client, carrying out research and other activities.

At the end of the challenge, you'll deliver a virtual presentation to your client to outline with your solution. Each team will be judged by a panel, and the winning challenge team will receive £2,000.

You'll get plenty of support from the Career Development Service throughout the challenge, from a skills development programme to help you develop and reflect on your experience, feedback on your presentation, and a CV review to help you articulate your experience to future employers.

What could I be doing?

Challenges range from exploring new markets, adapting to digital platforms, market research and analysis to overcoming barriers to recruitment - log in to MyCareers to view the full list of challenges.

What do I need to take part?

To fully participate in the challenge, you'll need access to a laptop or a computer with a webcam, as well as a reliable internet connection. The good news is that you can gain fantastic experience without even leaving the sofa!

I have a question - who do I contact?

If you have a specific question about the challenges, please contact

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