Embarking on a career in consulting demands a unique set of skills, and mastering the art of case interviews is a pivotal step in that journey. Recently, the team at WatSolve Consulting Group had the privilege of delving into the complexities of casing, guided by the experienced hand of Sylvia, a seasoned professional at KPMG. In this article, we will unravel the intricacies of the casing workshop, exploring valuable insights, key takeaways, and the perspective of a consultant who navigates the challenging terrain of consulting daily. 

Sylvia, a Science and Business graduate from the class of 2020, took a detour into the startup realm at HealthIM before charting a course towards consulting. Prior to her graduation, Sylvia was a leader in the UW community as a Senior Consultant in WatSolve. Currently contributing her expertise at KPMG, Sylvia is well-versed in both the soft skills crucial for effective project management and communication, as well as various technical skills, with Excel being a cornerstone of her toolkit. 

WatSolve’s Introduction to Casing workshop, hosted by Sylvia, offered participants a unique opportunity to learn and showcase problem-solving and analytical skills, two pillars of success in consulting. Sylvia provided background information and invaluable advice, setting the stage for participants to grasp the essence of case interviews. 

The hands-on experience came alive as participants were given case studies, complete with exhibits and scenarios. Sylvia guided them through the process of identifying themes, applying the MECE framework, and critically thinking about potential solutions. The workshop offered a simulated case interview environment, fostering group discussions and encouraging participants to think critically, weigh options, and make informed recommendations through the use of qualitative and quantitative brainstorming. 

A cornerstone of the workshop was the introduction to the MECE framework. Short for Mutually Exclusive, Collectively Exhaustive, MECE is a principle used by management consulting firms to organize information systematically. Participants were given insights into its application through sample cases, with a focus on identifying themes such as growth strategy or market entry. 

I liked the visual Sylvia showed to demonstrate the MECE framework. MECE is one of those buzzwords I’ve heard 100 times and not really understood until today when she went the extra mile to show the application of it.

Harini, (2A) Science and Business Student 

Casing workshops can serve as an effective tool for technical and soft skill development. By improving on my critical thinking skills, I’m able to further apply myself to a wide range of career-oriented projects.

Dante, (3A) Science and Business Student  

Harini, one of the participants, expressed appreciation for Sylvia's visual representation of the MECE framework, making a buzzword finally click. Meghan highlighted the workshop's impact on structuring cases, enhancing her problem-solving approach. Dante emphasized the broader applicability of the workshop, not just in consulting but across various career-oriented projects. 

In today's competitive landscape, critical thinking and effective problem-solving are highly prized attributes. The KPMG workshop, guided by Sylvia's expertise, emphasized the essential role that casing workshops play in bridging the gap between academic knowledge and practical application as it proved to be a transformative experience. It not only equipped participants with the tools to tackle case interviews but also imparted skills crucial for success in consulting and beyond. Sylvia's insights, combined with the practical application of frameworks like MECE, set a solid foundation for navigating the challenging landscape of case interviews and building a robust consulting skill set.