By Sooyoung "Nikki" Cheon | Undergraduate | BS '13 Accounting
I started the Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Club for students interested in management consulting. We have more than 30 members. It is a professional club that provides students with necessary resources to build the skill sets required of a consultant. In spring 2013, we held a competition with the University of Rochester. This gave students an opportunity to solve a real-life, complex business problem and apply their skill sets, which was a huge success.
The Career Resource Center (CRC) in the School of Management at UB hooked me up with a consulting company named Capco based in New York City, and through that, I was able to network with them and benefit a lot. Consultants from Capco came to UB as guest speakers for our club, helping us get knowledgeable about what the consultants do, what skill sets we need to develop to become a good management consultant, and overall how to live a fulfilling life.
In addition, the CRC and Capco helped us greatly with the 2013 competition by providing us with the right equipment and facilities, helping us organize the event, and serving as judges for the competition. It was great to see how students from both schools were able to actively solve the complex business problem using their knowledge and skills, come up with the recommendation, and present their solutions to the judges.