Hello DECA U Guelph Delegates!
I’m Hayley, your 2017 DECA U Guelph president. Over the coming year, I am excited to meet each of you at training, socials, provincials and more! Before I get to know you, let me tell you a little bit of my DECA story.
Who is Hayley McDonald?
According to my resume, I am an enthusiastic Commerce student majoring in Marketing Management. According to my Instagram page “I like sunflowers, happy endings and country music”…. artsy right?
Let’s go back to my resume. If you were to read my resume you would discover I am currently completing my final co-op work term at Deloitte before beginning my fifth year of study at The University of Guelph. You would also find I have a long-term relationship with DECA U Guelph.
Four years ago, I had to be convinced to become a DECA delegate. Since then I have fallen in love with this diverse community of talented University of Guelph students. Over the past four years, my position within this community grew from one of a bystander to one of a leader. I spent my third and fourth years as Director of Events and Vice President of Communication for DECA U Guelph. During that time, I have been challenged and inspired both on campus and in my everyday life.
So, what is DECA anyway?
DECA U Guelph is a chapter of DECA U Ontario, a case based competition that gives post-secondary students the opportunity to develop their professional skills beyond the classroom. Delegates are presented with a business problem in a variety of categories and challenged to present a solution within a specified time period. Students can participate individually or in teams and are mentored by peers in weekly training sessions.
Next, delegates are given the opportunity to attend various competitions throughout the year. This past January, the Guelph chapter proudly received seven medals at the DECA U Ontario Provincial case competition. A few weeks ago, DECA U Guelph was honored to receive nine awards at The International Career Development (ICDC) Conference held in Anaheim California. Our delegates received awards including second place overall for Restaurant and Food management and first place overall in Human Resource Management category.
Who is DECA for?
A common misconception is that DECA is for students studying business. This is a myth! DECA allows students to test the presentation, problem solving and critical thinking skills ALL students need in an interview setting. For example, each case asks delegates to solve a company problem (like a job description) and present their solutions to an industry expert (like selling your skills to an employer). These skills empower students to feel confident walking into job interviews for business, science or anything in between.
Whether DECA is winning international success at the 2017 ICDC awards, racking up medals at Provincials or allowing students to learn the presentation skills required to get hired, I am excited to watch as this talented delegation continues to “Dream, Inspire and Achieve” in the coming year.
See you in training!
President, DECA U Guelph 2017-2018