My name is Alex Beggs and I am one of the Directors of Training for the upcoming Deca year! I have been a part of Deca for three years now, heading into my fourth this upcoming year. Before going to university I had never heard of Deca. I was first exposed to it during some of those thirty-second class talks at the beginning of class every now and then. I didn’t think much of it at the time and still wasn’t really too sure what it was all about. Then one day sitting in Mgmt 1000 with Trent Tucker, we had another person come in before class so I decided to pay a little more attention. Later that day during our seminar for Mgmt 1000, a guy in my class that I had just started to talk to brought it up. We got talking a bit more and both decided to give it a shot. Little did I know at the time that this guy from class would become one of my good friends through the rest of university! One thing that really got my attention about Deca was the networking opportunity. I thought of it as a chance to hopefully get to know more of the business students at Guelph and also an opportunity to work on my presentation skills.
My first time attending a training session was very nerve racking for me, it was the first time I had
stepped out of my comfort zone at university. When I got there everyone was very inviting and helped me through what cases to look at, how to go about a case, and other key points. Getting to know everyone and developing my professional network while applying what I learned in class to real business scenario’s is one of the main reasons why I have continued going to provincials every year.
If it hadn’t been for my good friend Parker Lees, I probably would have never stepped out of my comfort zone and joined Deca. Ever since I joined, I’ve always had such an amazing experience each year. I continue every year because is has opened so many doors and I have met a great group of friends in the process. It has also helped push me to join other groups at school as well such as JDCC and CBESA. Joining Deca was one of the best decisions I have made at University and I encourage anyone wishing to expand their network and put classroom knowledge to real world situations to come out in September and see how Deca can help you.