Virtual Consultancy Challenge: get involved, get experience, get career ready!

Posted by cc576 at Oct 22, 2020 01:55 PM |
“It was highly educational, and I made friends from the experience.”

This summer, the Career Development Service launched an exciting new initiative where during the months of July and August, students took part in a University of Leicester virtual consultancy challenge. The aim of this initiative is to support final year students during this unprecedented time – to gain professional experience, develop employability skills and to keep them focused, entertained and motivated throughout the summer.

With over 60 students and graduates working in teams on a variety of challenging consultancy projects for 11 professional clients, including CapGemini UK, FDM, Meet and Engage, Bowmer & Kirkland and Leicestershire Police, the challenges set included anything from research or marketing to analysis of information or new product development, design and engineering. The consultancy projects undertaken by students were challenging, graduate-level and mostly related to Covid-19. As consultants, students presented their recommendations, after a four-week period via a report and presentation, with each project group spending a total of 80-100 hours working on the project, over the four-week period.

One student commented on their experience, stating: “This was an amazing experience, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to be a part of it. I must say how well put together the handbook and all the support was - thank you so much!”

Another student participant also reflected on their involvement in the virtual challenge, commenting: “It was a good insight into consulting and collaborating in a professional capacity. I learned how to conduct market research, as well as individual strengths and weaknesses, and how to use them to my advantage.”

Students were supported by a student handbook, expertly developed by members of the Careers Development Service, which provided a wealth of detailed guidance and links to valuable content across a range of platforms, from videos and podcasts to online courses, blogs and articles.

The two winning groups delivered briefs for Capgemini UK and Leicestershire Police.

Katerina Singh, Capgemini UK had this to say: “I am absolutely delighted that the team won, especially considering how much preparation and hard work they had put in. Honestly, some of the deliverables they produced were close enough to what we actually deliver to clients! So impressed by the outcome.

I would like to say a huge thank you to yourself for doing such a great job of setting up the challenge along with your colleagues. What a brilliant initiative, especially during these tough times. I hope this continues for many years to come and we can provide the same insightful opportunity to future graduates!”

Yusuf Nagdi from Leicestershire Police also commented: “They were amazing! Our team in HR were blown away by the effort, commitment and quality of the materials produced and we are looking at implementing some of their suggestions. In fact, they have agreed to present their presentation again to our Deputy Chief Constable and Head of Human Resources so that they can witness it first-hand, which is fantastic!”

We will be hosting another Virtual Consultancy Challenge for finalists the week commencing Monday 30 November. This will be advertised in university communications and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, so please keep an eye out as this is a wonderful way to get involved and gain experience virtually!

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