Why MGMT*4050 Business Consulting is For You

Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Written by Kat Nyman

The University of Guelph’s Business Consulting courses, more formally referred to as MGMT*4050 and MGMT*4060 offer upper year students transformational learning experiences that provide them with real-world applicable skills and wisdom.

Offered in both Fall and Winter semesters, the Business Consulting course is open to third and fourth year students from any program who wish to earn course credit through unconventional means.

Teams of 2-4 students are paired with real; paying clients who’ve come to CBaSE with various issues they would like students to dedicate the semester to work towards solving. Previous projects include developing strategic integrated marketing plans for a new business, performing financial analysis for non-profit organizations, conducting primary research to develop new revenue streams, and much more.

Students will act as consultants, meeting with their clients several times throughout the semester to update them on their progress and ensure each individuals expectations are being met and managed. Learning is self-directed and students are successful or unsuccessful based on the effort they put in. Although this is not a traditional class, students are expected to put in the same amount of time per week that they would any for any other course (approximately 12 hours). Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills, work with business canvas models as well as reach beyond traditional theories learned in the classroom.

My own personal experience with MGMT*4050 and 4060 are a big part of the reason that I’m sitting in the chair I am today (in the CBaSE office – no less). Working with two not-for profit organizations over the course of the year, gave me the opportunity to put into practice everything I’d learned in my previous years of study in the Marketing Management program. Entering the course, I had absolutely no sense of what I wanted to do post graduation, and perhaps more troubling; I really had no idea what I could do. Being in MGMT*4050 challenged me to look beyond the conceptual theories learned in class and forced me to find my own way with the tools I’d been given throughout school.

Recent graduate Mallory Davies (International Development), also credits MGMT*4050 with helping to round out her university education stating:

“As a student who was not in a business program, CBaSE has provided me with new skills and experiences. I was nervous to start the program but wanted to branch out and learn from another discipline, and it was one of the best decisions that I made in University. Everyone at CBASE is so helpful, encouraging and supportive and made me feel comfortable in the program. I was able to work with a business who focused on fair trade and community building which tied in with the international development. It's a program that is so valuable that I would recommend it to those who have the slightest interest in business”.

In the coming weeks, check back here for more testimonials and stories coming out of Business Consulting MGMT*4050 and do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding the course! Click here to begin the application process!

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