Since 2011, Big4&After, the only-of-its-kind accounting competition in Lebanon and the MENA region, has dared to provide 64 jobs and internships at multinational accounting firms to graduating business students, offering them an unparalleled opportunity to launch from OSB into a bright future.
"Fantastic opportunity that we shall always remember…We all had a lot of fun and got to know each other more…The best part
was actually winning our race against the clock and leveling up to Phase III!...We are extremely happy that our joint efforts were fruitful
and there is nothing we would change about the competition. It was great in every way!" says Diana Farhat, team 2.
“Although we lost, it was a great experience to all of us," said Rim Dia, team 25.
“The Big 4 & After event was an amazing mix of education and fun. It helped me develop a much deeper understanding and appreciation of the accounting profession. I never realized a virtual competition could be so enjoyable! I can only imagine what the on-campus experience would be like!" added Sara Mardini, team 1.
“On behalf of the team, we cannot thank you enough for making this event such a fruitful and fun experience for all of us. The effort exerted into planning and organizing while keeping the participants overall experience in consideration was very obvious…Although we were behind our computer screens, we really felt the 'treasure hunting' aspect of the phase, as if we were chasing something physically. Jumping from a riddle master to another and doing our best to crack each riddle at every stop made it a very fun virtual treasure hunt…We believe the way the highlights and results were presented, and the draw and including small transitions like a drumroll really kept the 'fun' aspect in it to combat the event being virtual…thank you for all your efforts in coming up with such a fun and smooth virtual edition, and we hope this will always be a tradition at OSB for students to create such memorable experiences like we have!" said Mohamad El Ayoubi, team 3.
“Phase II was definitely special, as we really loved the riddles and the letters. As for phase III, even though we did not qualify for it, it was interesting learning about the topic of integrity and corruption in the different sectors in Lebanon. It was also nice to have different prizes at the end. So overall, thank you for making it happen even though it was challenging with the current times. Although it was virtual, we had a blast and learned a lot as well," expressed Rawan Bou Hassan, team 5.
“I am a sophomore student, and this is my first time participating in the Big4&After event. I have got the chance to know more about Accounting and Auditing during the online Treasure Hunt while solving the questions, and overall, it was a great experience working with the other group members! I am looking forward to participating in the 10th edition next year," added Bilal Shatila, team 18.
“It was one of the most beneficial events that someone might experience. We as a team enjoyed a lot in phase 1 and 2 even though we did not make it to reach phase III but as it seemed, it looked amazin." Zein El Abidine Moussa, team 8
“Although the competition was virtual, it was an amazing experience to each one of us. We enjoyed it a lot, and we can't deny that it had important impact on our knowledge, teamwork, thinking outside the box, and ability to apply our accounting knowledge when it is needed. Thank you again for your effort and kindness throughout the competition." Nazek Baytieh, team 6. “Big 4 is an enjoyable experience that I would recommend to my fellow colleagues! Looking forward to competing on campus next year! Thanks for organizing such event!" Mohammad A. Assad, team 6.
“If I didn’t win the competition, I wouldn’t have been in PwC now, and I wouldn’t have been working in one of the best companies in the world,” says Ramzi Kurban, Big4&After ‘17, associate, PWC.
“The Big4&After experience is truly for any student a life-changing experience in the sense that it’s maybe your real first exposure to the corporate world,” says Joy Habbouche, Big4&After ’17, audit-assistant 2, EY.
“A key for you to win is to be a good team player because this is what the accounting industry is like,” says Dania Jabal, Big4&After ’15, associate, PWC.
“The best part of the competition was winning, of course, but also the head-to-head challenge at the end of the competition on some general knowledge questions and it was very tight between us to win the job,” says Elie Omeira, Big4&After ’12, audit – assistant manager, EY
“If I would describe the competition in one word, it would be exceptional. I recommend all OSB students to sign up for this competition because this could really change your life,” says Rasha Ghaddar, Big4&After ’16, senior associate, PWC.
“This experience was overall a remarkable point in my life. Because of this event, I’m now here where I am,” says Hind Chazbeck, Big4&After ’15, audit assistant, EY.