Our student spotlight features a student who has truly set an example for how to make the most out of case competitions.
Hannah Forsythe is a fourth-year commerce student majoring in Marketing Management. Originally from Wolfville, NS., she chose Dalhousie’s business program because of the mandatory co-op component.
Over the past four years, Hannah has participated in numerous case competitions. She was excited to be selected as an external delegate for a case competition hosted by RBC Commercial Banking in January. Hannah was selected to take part in the consulting stream out of applicants from over 15 universities around the world, based on her application, understanding of international business and her desired to learn. The conference included established keynote speakers, such as Sarah Davis, the President of Loblaw Companies Limited, and Sandra Stuart, the President & CEO of HSBC Bank, case simulations about the international insurance industry, office tours of Oliver Wyman, and most prominently, a case competition.
The case competition was focused around the consulting industry on an international scale. As the only student from Dalhousie, Hannah was grouped with students from other universities of different years and case experience.
Hannah decided to begin participating in case competitions because, as she said “Case competitions have helped me apply everything that I learned in the classroom to real-life setting and to improve my communication skills (which was the biggest draw for me).”
When asked about managing a heavy academic workload, Hannah said “Sometimes it has been hard, especially when competitions were external to Dal. I have really had to be organized with my class work and build my priorities out.”
Hannah added that case competitions push her out of her comfort zone to develop soft skills necessary in today’s work environment. “The team-based skills that I learned with different teams have been invaluable, and something I haven’t been able to find in other extra curriculars or class,” she said.
Hannah’s short-term goal is to work in a tech role as a consultant or a data analyst and her long-term goal is to hold a leadership position in the digital/tech space.
Tip of the week from Hannah:
Put yourself out there and get involved as soon as possible! I had no idea what a case competition was when I came to Dalhousie, but the Dalhousie Commerce Society provided the resources to learn and they still do today! The first competition is always the hardest, but once you’re done with that you can go into your next one and understand what’s going on, and you’ll learn!
If you want to be a part of case – competition, join Hannah’s “Ace the Case” workshop on February 28th at 5:30 pm in room 2068 or join JDCC.