University of Toledo SHRM (UT-SHRM) has participated in the SHRM Case Competition since 2011. Each year, we have taken an undergraduate and graduate team. The Case Competition is the highlight of our year, and each year, previous participants share their learning experiences with new SHRM members.
Each year the students try out in the Fall with employers judging the event. The students actually prepare for a case just as if they were participating in an actual case competition. Once the participants are selected and teams are formed, the students continue to practice and prepare for the Case Competition which occurs in the Spring.
The cases bring real HR issues to life. Students are able to take the knowledge from HR classes and internships and apply this to critical HR situations.
As the teams prepare for the competition, employers critique the written papers and the oral presentations. This type of practice builds confidence and makes the students aware of all the different types of scenarios in HRM.
Our chapter receives amazing support from our local Tennessee Valley Human Resources Association (TVHRA), professional SHRM chapter and our state SHRM board. TVHRA participates in our practice sessions and gives us financial support. They promote our student chapter and are highly complimentary of the students.
Our state SHRM board also promotes our program and provides financial support and they are very proud of our involvement.
SHRM is my greatest resource in the classroom and in the community. I can't say enough to thank SHRM for the growth and development that has been provided to my students and chapter. As I share with my students, the professional development started while they are a student is critical to their success and the competitive advantage SHRM offers to them.
The Case Competition’s business cases make the knowledge real and provide an experience that puts it all together -- knowledge, professionalism and a career in Human Resources.