The Oxford Strategy Challenge
Get real-world client work experience on this Careers Service programme
The Oxford Strategy Challenge (TOSCA) is a hackathon inspired consultancy challenge.
You will work with a small team providing consultancy to an organisation. The project you will work on will be important to your client. It is a chance to gain hands-on client work experience and make a real contribution to an organisation.
This is a challenge. Once you have received your client brief get ready for some intensive work with your team. You will have five days to tackle the problem your client has set. At the end of the programme you will have real life examples of key employment skills that you can deploy on your CV, cover letters, and in your interviews.
What will you get out of it?
TOSCA provides you with real-world client work experience and development opportunities across eight key employment skills: team working, communication, initiative, creativity, planning, leadership, self-management and business awareness.
You also have the opportunity to develop skills in working effectively as part of a remote team, managing a client relationship, collecting data under time pressure, reacting quickly to unexpected changes, and summarising and presenting your findings to a client.
Note that places are limited and applications will close early if the programme is over subscribed.
We have now opened applications for all of our programmes through 2020 and the start of 2021 on CareerConnect. The schedule for each programme and application links can be found under 'Programme dates' below. Early applications are advised.
How does it work?
TOSCA is a team-based, experiential learning event. Every aspect of the process will present a learning opportunity. This is a remote working programme.
Assessment and Training
The programme begins with an assessment centre task and two training sessions. You will then be placed in your team (usually of four people) and given a short case study to complete as a team before each training session.
Once you have completed both training sessions you will be given your client brief.
The challenge starts with a briefing call with the client on a Thursday. Your team will work over the weekend though to Wednesday when you will present your findings to your client. You have the option of an additional check-in call with your client on the Friday.
We will wrap up the Oxford Strategy Challenge with an online graduation event for you to network with others and share your experience and feedback.
Beyond the Oxford Strategy Challenge
Once you have successfully completetd the Oxford Strategy Challenge, you might want to consider signing up for The Student Consultancy (TSC). This 4-6 week original programme invites past Oxford Strategy Challenge participants to address a strategic issue or business challenge for a client organisation, and allows them to gain more in-depth consulting experience.