Claire Nguyen, Eric Ngo, Anna McGraw and Iris Yang won third place in a Deloitte SAP competition, and walked away with job offers.
Some students just don’t quit for the summer. They compete, win and get hired before their senior year even begins.
Claire Nguyen, Eric Ngo, Anna McGraw and Iris Yang came together to practice, study and show their skills for the 2018 Deloitte SAP Co-Innovation case competition August 3-5 at Deloitte University in Westlake, Texas.
The competition challenged students from the top 16 SAP Alliance schools in the nation to use SAP technology to solve a real-world problem, calling on their knowledge of SAP systems learned in the classroom and through internships.
The teams received the case when they arrived and were given 12 hours to go over the information before presenting their solutions in the two-round competition. Deloitte professionals Lorraine Dupuis, a manager in the Atlanta office, and Horned Frog alumnus Austin Birch served as advisors.
“We had a productive team meeting the night before our first presentation,” Ngo said. “I learned a lot about teamwork. Teamwork does not mean everyone has to do the same thing the entire time. We brainstormed together first, delegated tasks based on our strengths, then worked individually so that we could focus on our specialized areas. We came back together, went through what we had and received feedback from each other.”
The TCU Neeley team won first place in the first round and proceeded to the final round.
They presented to judges and the other schools and landed an impressive third-place win out of 64 students and 16 universities. The University of Oklahoma won first, and Villanova took second.
“The third-place win was exciting because TCU had never made it to the final round of the competition,” McGraw said.
“We enjoyed being able to work together through the challenges that the case presented. We were commended for our fantastic team structure and cohesion.”
“The competition was a great learning opportunity for me to get a glimpse of what it is like being a consultant who is frequently working under pressure to deliver results,” Nguyen said.
The four called upon their education and experience to win.
“My internship at Deloitte allowed me to strengthen my financial knowledge and bring my financial analysis skills to the competition,” Nguyen said. She and McGraw both interned with Deloitte over the summer.
“The SDLC that I learned in my system planning class, as well as the implementation strategy that I learned from my system development class, prepared me for the competition,” Yang said.
Ngo said his BIS classes at TCU “helped me with presentation skills and the understanding of what a consulting presentation should look like. My internship experience at Nestle Skin Health prepared me with the analytics mindset,” he added.
The team came home with another impressive win. The TCU seniors all received and accepted offers for fulltime positions with Deloitte when they graduate in May.