Interested in a career in public accounting? You can get a head start with KPMG’s Ace the Case program to learn how to plan, write, present and debrief a case!
This amazing program consists of three stages of competition: Local, National, and Global. The winning teams from each local Ace the Case Workshop will progress through to the Ace the Case National Finals, with the eventual winners representing Canada in the international competition against students from around the world. The 2012 winning team will represent Canada at the KPMG International Case Competition in Hong Kong in April!
Locally, Ace the Case is a 2-day workshop that is hosted in each of KPMG’s four national offices: Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. Students will have the opportunity to meet and network with participants from various universities as well as KPMG professionals in their local office.
During day one, students primarily cover case-writing skills, including the basic approach, outlining, ranking of issues, quantitative analysis, and many others. By the second day, students focus on the presentation aspect of case writing and properly presenting results as a group. This is where it gets exciting! Groups will tackle a case head on and prepare to present solutions to a set of KPMG judges in the hopes of winning the chance to represent their local office at the Ace the Case National Finals.
The local workshop will provide an invaluable opportunity to learn and practice skills that will help you to reach your full potential as a young professional. “I learned to apply my critical thinking skills to analyze situations and identify the key issues presented in a case.” says Calgary local competition participant, Jaspreet Pandher, a 2nd year student at the University of Calgary. “I use this knowledge every day at school to solve problems and during the case competitions that I have participated in since Ace the Case.”
Winning local teams compete via video conference in March for their chance to represent Canada at the KPMG International Case Competition (KICC).
“Winning my local Ace the Case competition and having the opportunity to compete at the national level was easily one of the greatest experiences of my university career,” says Balpreet Singh, a 3rd year accounting student at the Schulich School of Business. Balpreet describes his experience at the national level as “a phenomenal learning experience. It was the relationships I made with my peers, fellow competitors and judges at Ace the Case that made the experience so great. The challenging yet supportive environment that was fostered, combined with the strong relationships I made, are two of the main reasons that I chose to intern with KPMG this upcoming summer!”
The KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) is an annual event that brings together winning teams from KPMG’s member firm’s national case competitions to compete on a global scale. In a rapidly globalizing business environment, the KICC is a unique way of exposing students to global business early on. It challenges students to think outside of their country borders by introducing them to real life issues faced by international companies.
In 2011, the GVA team advanced to represent Canada at the KICC in Istanbul, Turkey to compete against students from 19 countries. “KICC provided with me a unique opportunity to learn how different cultures handle a variety of difficult business decisions,” said 2011 Canadian Team member William Trudeau. “I was exposed to several cases from which I learned unique approaches based on how each country prioritizes issues differently. I walked away with a true international lens and an understanding of the importance in having a global perspective in business communication.”
This year, an adventure to Hong Kong in April for the 2012 International Case Competition awaits our winning National team!
Jaspreet, William and Balpreet have a lot more to share about their Ace the Case experience! Check out their video on Youtube!
Are you ready to reach your full potential?
Watch for advertisements at your University or Career Centre. For more information on how to apply for this unforgettable experience, visit our website at www.kpmg.ca/AcetheCase
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