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Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

Read stories of former KICC participants and how the competition jumpstarted their career.

Former KICC participants share their stories.

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The KPMG International Case Competition (KICC) is a unique opportunity that gives students a chance to work on real-world business issues and experience what it is like to work with clients.

For these former KICC participants, the competition was the start to their career at KPMG.

Olivia Riva Boschini, Trainee for Management Consulting, Services & Outsourcing Advisory, KPMG in Brazil

Karthik Paratamsetti, Consultant, BPS-S&O-Strategy, KPMG in India

Jacob Martinsson, Associate, Advisory and Management Consulting, KPMG in Sweden

Staci Scott, Assistant Manager, Audit, Alternative Investments, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Samantha Hennings, Assistant Manager, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

David Gao, Intern, Financial Risk Management, KPMG in Canada

Olivia Riva Boschini

Trainee for Management Consulting, Services & Outsourcing Advisory, KPMG in Brazil

Participated in KICC 2015, Dubai, UAE

At KICC I met some really important, intelligent and inspiring people who helped me to understand and analyze real life business scenarios with a different point of view, in order to come up with outstanding solutions! After this experience I felt much more confident and prepared to start my career at KPMG and face new challenges.

If you are considering taking part in KICC, GO FOR IT and DO YOUR BEST! You are about to have a one of a kind experience, so be prepared to make the most of it!

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Karthik Paratamsetti

Consultant, BPS-S&O-Strategy, KPMG in India

Participated in KICC 2014, São Paulo, Brazil

Be it the team video, interacting with people from different parts of the world, or exploring the city of Sao Paulo, the KICC experience has been ‘AMAZING’. Every time we were in the room discussing the case, it  felt like we were in a war room - with your team mates tearing into ideas and strategies until only the finest strategies remain. Coming out of it  made me truly understand the power of teamwork and all that it can accomplish with a diverse and yet complementary set of skills.

I would like to pass on to anyone considering taking part in KICC to have a strategy towards approaching the cases. Being a time limited competition, it is very important to understand the team composition and the different skillsets they bring to the table, and have specific roles and/or process in place before starting the case itself.

Throughout our journey we were in constant touch with some very senior personnel from KPMG and the constant feedback and guidance we got from them not only helped us in KICC but would also help us throughout our careers. In fact there was a tangible difference in our analysis, presentation skills and confidence as we progressed through the different stages itself.

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Jacob Martinsson

Associate, Advisory and Management Consulting, KPMG in Sweden

Participated in KICC 2014, São Paulo, Brazil

Working with my team on the KPMG International Case Competition was a great experience. During stressful situations with people pushing you to your limits is when you really get to know yourself.

Throughout the competition I gained some very useful skills: structurally solving business cases, working with people different from myself and presenting an idea in an understandable way.

Although my team did a great job of pushing ourselves and not settling for "good enough," I wish we would have taken the opportunity to try and experiment with new and unconventional ways of working and presenting. Once you have realized that your way of doing things has taken you this far, it is easy to stop there. But after I have seen people from all around the world solve and present business cases, I am certain that there are many great ways of doing that. KICC gave us a great opportunity to step out of our comfort zone.

It is not easy to completely understand what it is that you want to do, or even grasp what a management consultant does. The best way, I think, is to expose yourself to the business and the professionals. In that way KICC helped me prepare for my career.

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Staci Scott

Assistant Manager, Alternative Investments, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain

The KICC experience was amazing all around: creating our team video, networking with other teams and judges and learning about their country/firm culture, and exploring the city of Madrid. The opportunity to interact with so many individuals from such a wide array of backgrounds is a rare one, and an experience I'll never forget. Perhaps more than anything else, KICC displayed to me that the KPMG organization truly does have a global mindset and works diligently to encourage its people's personal and professional growth.

KICC honed three of the most important skills in any career, but particularly in public accounting: networking, public speaking, and teamwork. I have utilized these skills already at KPMG, and am much more confident in my ability to network, present, and act as an effective member of a team after my experience at KICC.

I would advise those considering taking part in KICC that they have a game plan prior to the actual competition. When your time is limited, it's easy to get distracted and overwhelmed, and it helps enormously if you already know team members' roles and the process you will be following to reach and present your decision.

I can't stress enough the importance of doing multiple cases ahead of the competition. Not only is it great practice from a presentation standpoint, but it also helps ensure that team members are comfortable in both their roles as well as the high pressure environment. The value of this can't be overstated.

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Samantha Hennings

Assistant Manager, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain

I first entered KPMG in Cayman Islands as a trainee accountant, mainly dealing with administrative tasks. Now I have graduated and work full time as a supervisor in the audit department in a more client facing role.

KICC was a fantastic experience that offered an invaluable opportunity to network with peers worldwide, listen to inspiring speakers, explore the city and test our business knowledge and organization skills with high pressure case competitions.

KICC emphasized the importance of three points to me: Team work, Working under pressure and networking. Team work and learning to work well in high intensity/pressure situations are both required in the work place on a day to day basis in order to get your job done and networking with people is required in order to learn and grow in your role in any firm.

For anyone considering participating in KICC, ensure that you follow the decision process with your team during the cases so that you can present confidently, even when you have had no time to practice your presentation!

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David Gao

Intern, Financial Risk Management, KPMG in Canada

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain

The KPMG International Case Competition was my first exposure to business cases that were not only challenging, but also very realistic. Being exposed to real life business scenarios has helped me greatly in school and at work. It hones your analytic skills while at the same time giving you a taste of what the field has to offer.

Spending a week in Spain with KICC has been one of the best experiences in my life and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. These kinds of opportunities don’t come up very often, so I suggest you enjoy it as much as you can.

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