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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.

Jacob Martinsson

Associate, Advisory and Management Consulting, KPMG in Sweden

Participated in KICC 2014, São Paulo, Brazil


Jacob Martinsson

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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Allison Hydes

Assistant Accountant, Audit, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain


Allison Hydes

KICC helped prepare me for my career by looking at real life situations and thinking of solutions (outside of the box) that a potential client can use. In addition, being judged by KPMG partners that would be working on such clients and getting critical feedback for personal development going forward.

If I could do anything differently in terms of how I prepared for KICC, it would be to practice public speaking more my nerves got the better of me during the presentation section of the competition.

One specific takeaway that I would like to pass on to anyone considering taking part in KICC is network, network, network. There are many individuals from all over the world and partners from KPMG's global network who can give insight into the field they are in that would be beneficial for anyone considering KICC to know.

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Staci Scott

Staff Accountant, Audit, Alternative Investments, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain


Staci Scott

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

Staff Accountant, KPMG in the Cayman Islands

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain


Samantha Hennings

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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Debora Leite

Consultant, IT Advisory Service, KPMG in Brazil

Participated in KICC 2014, São Paulo, Brazil


Debora Leite

After participating in the KPMG International Case Competition, I was able to see the projects from the client perspective and identify their real needs and expectations. This helped me a lot.

I always compare it to getting your driver’s license. KICC was my “driving lesson” before starting my career. If I were to go back in time, I would certainly enrol in KICC again!

Be yourself, enjoy the experience as much as you can, learn from the program and do not be afraid of making mistakes. That´s how you will learn! And most of all, have fun!

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Agnès Mafra

Senior Financial Auditor, KPMG in France

Participated in KICC 2012, Hong Kong


Agnès Mafra

My first memory of the KPMG International Case Competition was the national finals in Luxembourg. Over two days, my team competed against German and French students. We were a team of girls from France.

When we were selected, it was the beginning of an amazing experience. We went to Hong Kong and met students from different countries. During our stay, we competed of course, but we also visited a class of young school children; participated in conferences and explored the city thanks to an orienteering race.

To participate in KICC students have to be motivated and believe in themselves. There is a lot of pressure and you have to be confident in yourself and work together as a team.

It was a good opportunity to discover KPMG.


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David Gao

Intern, Financial Risk Management, KPMG in Canada

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain


David Gao

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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Kenneth Østnes

Associate, Transactions & Restructuring, KPMG in Norway

Participated in KICC 2012, Hong Kong


Kenneth Østnes

The whole KICC experience was great - the way you get to meet KPMG employees and other students from around the world. This is both very fun and something you can learn from, as you get to interact with people from cultures other than yours.

As you get experience in both business cases and presentation technique you get more confident and used to doing “real world” work. There is no doubt that the confidence and experience I gained through KICC has been valuable during my first year at KPMG, where the answer to problems is seldom as straight forward as they were in school.


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Katrin Lopez De Madariaga

Financial Risk Management, KPMG in Spain

Participated in KICC 2013, Madrid, Spain


Katrin Lopez De Madariaga

Taking part in KICC is a unique opportunity. It opens lots of professional opportunities. I highly recommend taking part in this contest, as you learn a lot, gain experience and have the chance to meet professionals that have achieved success in their careers.

The contest is based on real life business cases, you learn to analyze and solve real problems like the consultants that work at KPMG.

I would highlight the availability and friendliness of the KPMG partners and professionals, they offered their experience and expertise to help us, not only with the contest, but with our future professional career.

Taking part in the KPMG International Case Competition helped me decide that I really wanted to start my professional career in the area of financial consultancy.


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