Which Collegiate DECA Competitive Event is Right for You?

You will put a lot of time of effort into that event this year, so you want to make sure it is perfect for you.

The following are some things to take into consideration while you make your choice:

1) Do you want to compete in a team event or an individual event?

If you work well with others and love collaborating, then a team event may be great for you.  However, many people feel more comfortable competing by themselves. No one choice is better than the other, but they are very different experiences and events, so this is a big decision.

You don’t necessarily need to have a set in stone group, but make sure your chapter has some members who are interested in competing in a group before you decide. Often times, friends compete together, so that is an option as well. Once you have decided individual or team, you are one step closer.

2) Choose your career cluster.

Many people want to stay within their major (or a field they are interested in). Collegiate DECA has created groupings of events that fall under these umbrellas:

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Finance
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Entrepreneurship

These clusters are Professional Development Academies at Collegiate DECA’s annual International Career Development Conference, where you can spend a day learning from industry professionals about what life is really like working in that field.

3) The final choice…

Now that you have narrowed down your search, there should be just a few options for you. For some, the choice seems obvious, for others they still are conflicted. If you are still not sure, take a look at the sample case studies on DECA.org and read more in-depth descriptions. Choose the one that gets your mind racing and that you have plenty of ideas for. That is a good sign for future competitions!

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