FMCG, Retail & Tourism are sectors that are constantly growing in Spain. The FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) sector is evolving supported by innovation and technology and Retail is one of the most important industries in the Spanish economy. Furthermore, Tourism has increased gradually during the last 8 years, due to the Spanish offer, the touristic competitiveness and the market diversification.
On October 24, companies from these sectors participated in the FMCG, Retail & Tourism Talent Forum, organized by IE Talent & Careers. In this event, the students had the possibility to go around through some stands from companies such as Pepsico, NH Hotels, P&G, Schweppes, Palladium Hotel Group, Restaurant Brands International, Homeaway, LVMH, Amadeus, Chalhoub, Essilor Group, Le Guide Noir, Mary Kay and Mondelez International.
During the event, the IE students enjoyed the opportunity to meet the representatives of these companies and even those IE Alumni, who are currently doing their graduate programs. They started building strong relationships for their careers and asked for some interesting advice about the application process for next year’s graduate programs.
The recruiters that participated in the Talent Forum came to meet IE Business School students since they are interested in their international profiles, entrepreneurial spirit and their strong academic knowledge. As Pablo Gómez, IE Master in Management 2019 Candidate and section 7 representative, mentioned: “It has been a great opportunity to learn more about the sector and the projection we can have in this companies. They have devoted themselves to explaining everything in detail.”
On the other hand, some enterprises, like Imperial Brands, Restaurant Brands International, Pernod Ricard Winemakers and Kraft Heinz, explained their objectives, values, corporate culture, what they are looking for and the opportunities they are currently offering. Most of the companies have graduate or training programs for different profiles, especially for junior profiles, in which they go through for different departments before they start working. It is an enriching offer, in which skills and experience are acquired in different areas, where students have to prove themselves in different challenges and keep developing their knowledge.
On June 4, IE Talent & Careers hosted the Big Data Talent Forum. Not only Tech companies came to IE to present the students their corporate culture and their job offerings, but also well-known business players such as Deloitte or BBVA were present. In total, 13 different companies from various industries participated.
Many IE students from the master programs of Big Data and Business Analytics, as well as Cyber Security, visited the Launch Pad to talk to company representatives. In addition, some students from other programs such as the Master in Management and MBA took the opportunity to learn more about Big Data, its job opportunities and talk to various companies. Consequently, the Launch Pad filled up quickly and was constantly busy between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Spain’s second largest bank, BBVA, gave students the opportunity to fill in their application right away at the Talent Forum. The company has its own Young Professionals Data Program. This full-time employment provides not only the possibility to work for a globally acting bank but also contains training and development offers for their participants. BBVA is looking for soon or recent graduates that want to be part of the BBVA’s transformation to achieve their goal to become a data driven bank.
Another example for cross-industry usage of Big Data is KPMG. The Big Four company uses Big Data and Data Analytics in their IT and data science departments. The representatives reported that one major application field is within their advisory and consulting projects focusing on banking regulation. Increasing European regulation for banks does not only increase reporting standards and efforts but also provides opportunities for optimization based on data driven approaches. Thus employees have not only the possibility to become functional experts but also gain experiences across industries due to various projects.
Besides big multinational companies such as Google, EY, and SAP more focused and specialized firms like Sanitas, a health insurance provider, or Kernel analytics were part of the IE Big Data Talent Forum. These forums are highly popular among students because it gives them the opportunity not only to learn more about different companies but also to connect directly with recruiters.
Technological advances and Communications are changing the way the world is being shaped. As one of the IE values: Tech & Innovation, on April 17th twelve companies from related sectors visited the IE Madrid Campus and participated in the Tech & Telecom Talent Forum. An event organized by IE Talent & Careers that enlightened our students about both local and global opportunities available in these fields. The event lasted three hours in which the students had the chance to go around info booths of Amadeus, Avature, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ericsson, MÁSMÓVIL Group, Oracle, Orange, Salesforce, SAP, T-Systems, Telefonica and Westcon-Comstor.
During the event, the students enjoyed the opportunity of getting to know the different graduate programs and open opportunities that the companies are currently offering, what they are looking for and learn about how some companies support their employees in developing leadership skills. For this event, the students came prepared to answer questions like what kind of opportunities are you looking for?, how do you connect with the company vision?, why would you like to join this specific sector after finishing your studies? In this way, they can make the best out of their conversations with the companies and start building strong relationships for their careers. As Antoine Moyroud, IE Dual Degree Master in Management & Big Data 2019 Candidate, mentioned: “Fantastic opportunity to meet companies representatives and get noticed by them.”
This event gave rich insights to IE students as they had the chance to show the companies their potential and also understand the sector directly from leading employers. IE is driving innovation within the campus and connecting their talent with companies that are shaping the sector
Hugo Loredo, an IE Alumni from Mexico, moved to Madrid two years ago to do the IE Dual Degree Master in Business Administration and Business Analytics & Big Data. He did his Bachelor in International Business at Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla in Mexico and now he is currently working as a Consultant in Deloitte.
Hugo chose to make a move to Madrid in order to make a career shift. He was previously working in the Tourism industry and was looking to propel his career towards the Consulting sector. During his time at IE, he acquainted himself with multiple life-changing opportunities that allowed him make his dream of working in the Consulting field come true.
Hugo’s consistent strategy, regular sessions with his Career Advisor from the IE Talent & Careers team and exposure to career representatives through the Talent Forums, were all stepping stones to his success. To know more about his success story continue reading below an excerpt from the conversation between Hugo and Shantanu Garg, IE Master in Management 2018 candidate and IE Talent & Careers Ambassador.
Could you please let us know your job title, the date when you started working in Deloitte and the city where you are based at?
I have joined Deloitte in January 2018 as a Strategy and Operations Consultant, and I am currently based in Alicante, Spain.
Can you please tell us briefly what your previous job was about? Did you make a significant career change on any of those?
Before coming to IE, I was working as a Digital Strategy, Analytics and E- Commerce Manager at Amstar DMC, a company from the Apple Leisure Group in Cancun, Mexico. Apple Leisure Group is a vertically integrated Travel and Hospitality conglomerate focused on packaged travel and resort/brand management in Mexico and the Caribbean.
As a Digital Strategy, Analytics and E-commerce Manager, I was in charge of developing a deep understanding of Amstar’s current and potential customer preferences and shopping behaviors. I was required to identify the most effective ways to reach and retain the customers through Digital Marketing channels. I defined the company’s Digital Marketing strategy and guided its execution across multiple digital channels, with the dual objective of growing their customer base and improving cost efficiency. When I joined Deloitte after IE, I made a triple jump by changing industry, function and location.
Can you please tell us briefly about your new job?
As a Strategy & Operations Consultant in Deloitte, my job is to help senior executives to solve their toughest and most complex problems by bringing an approach to executable strategy that combines deep industry knowledge, rigorous analysis and insight to enable confident action.
Has your personal career strategy always been focused on this job? How does this new job fit into your career strategy?
Initially, I was working as a Digital Marketing manager in the Tourism industry to develop my business skills further and to make a career shift towards Consulting, that’s why I decided to pursue an MBA.
Working at Deloitte enables me to further develop my problem-solving skills and gain new abilities in a competitive and fast-paced environment. The international environment at Deloitte also allows me to constantly learn more about new cultures henceforth giving me a well rounded multicultural experience. The newly acquired skills in the Consulting sector will help me to move back to a leadership position in the Tourism industry in some years.
How did you find out about this job opportunity? Where did you apply for the job?
I found out about this opportunity via the IE Career portal.
How did Talent & Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process? Did you use specific career resources or did you come across useful information via an Advisor or Alumni?
IE Talent & Careers constantly helped me at every stage of the recruitment process. The multiple career sessions organized by the department helped me to improve my CV and cover letter. The sessions also provided me with the opportunity to understand the mindset of a hiring manager. Furthermore, these sessions made me a better manager as I learned a lot about myself and the importance of negotiating according to my talent.
Besides, IE Talent & Careers, IE Consulting Club helped me a lot to learn more about the specific details of the industry. The learnings from the Consulting Club also helped me with the technical interview as we extensively practiced several cases.
And finally, my learnings from the MBA and MBD programs helped me gain a holistic perspective about the industry and what to expect from my job. They also provided me with technical and business skills that are required to succeed in my present role.
How was the recruiting process?
It was a three stages process. The first stage required solving a business case. The second stage was focused on questions about technical skills and the knowledge of business analytics tools such as R, Tableau, etc. The final stage which was the HR round involved some questions about the cultural fit within the organization.
"...the most important thing is to network a lot during your time at IE. Make good friends, have an amazing time in Madrid, and figure out how consultants think and behave. Social skills are extremely valuable. Your fellow students at IE and Alumni can help you a lot with your present and your future challenges."
Would you want to share any tips or advice with students interested in applying to Deloitte? To your job position in particular?
In my opinion, the most important advice I would give to a student hoping to work with Deloitte in the future is to get the small things right. Acquire technical skills like knowledge of analytical software like R, Tableau, etc. These skills will help you differentiate yourself from the rest of the applicants.
Besides this, also spend a significant amount of time in solving business cases and understanding the methodology behind solving the common cases. IE Consulting Club and books like Case in Point can help you a lot in preparing for the same.
And finally, the most important thing is to network a lot during your time at IE. Make good friends, have an amazing time in Madrid, and figure out how consultants think and behave. Social skills are extremely valuable. Your fellow students at IE and Alumni can help you a lot with your present and your future challenges.
You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.
On the International Women’s day, IE hosted the IE Women’s day event to celebrate all the amazing women of the IE Community. The organizers greeted our alumni, current students, professors and various professional leaders of the corporate world with gratitude and appreciation for their exemplary work in respective fields. Empowering all of us, many of them highlighted about their accomplishments and journey to the pinnacle.
An integral part of the day was the event “Empowering women in the corporate world” that focused on the important topic of gender equality and how to frame strategies for growth of women professionals in the industry. One of the speakers, who works as an adjunct professor at IE and also acts as the gender equality consultant to the World Bank Group, highlighted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are also known as the “2030 Agenda“. SDGs is a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations and covers a broad range of social and economic development issues of the world, with gender equality being one of them.
This informative talk was followed by the panel discussion moderated by Irina Zilbergleyt, who is the Director of International Recruiter Relations at IE Talent & Careers. The panel was comprised by top female executives from IE’s partner companies such as Oracle, McKinsey & Company, Amadeus IT Group, Master Card, Metlife and CEPSA.
In another motivational and engrossing speech, a representative from Oracle highlighted the importance of making technology sector attractive to women from an early stage. “Oracle for Girls” initiative which was launched in June 2017 focused on removing the stereotypes of this sector. The technology workshops organized for the girls between 7 and 15 years, inspired them to take up their career to showcase their creative skills in the technology sector.
Mastercard’s representative brought up a very enlightening notion of how not only female but even the male leaders play an important role in supporting the cause of women empowerment. They bring the important listening and reliability skills to the community for support. She highlighted that women now represent 40% of Mastercard’s workforce which is a huge progress.
The representative from McKinsey shared the challenges related to the Consulting field where one needs to make tough decisions about their professional and personal lives. She also quoted on how the flexibility programs at McKinsey helps the employees in their early parenthood stage to overcome that stress.
Similarly, all the company representatives took turns to highlight the initiatives their firm has taken in the form of workshops and women equality gender programs.
Towards the end, the audience was involved in an open discussion with them for any questions related to the everyday work culture that they follow and the next steps that can be taken to refine our lives. It was clear that in order to see a change, we have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves. Let us work towards making everyone equal in future, as Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, rightly quoted,
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”
Text by Shivani Choudary.
IE Master in Management 2017 candidate