17
Jul

The first edition of the IE Talent Show!

Written on July 17, 2014 by MIM Blog in News

IE talent showGood news to the IE Community!

IE Campus Life is pleased to announce the first edition of the IE Talent Show, your best opportunity to show off your secret talents to all the IE Community. The event is open to all the members of the IE Community (students, partners, alumni, faculty and staff).

The First IE Talent Show  will be on September 27th! The Campus Life office is already receiving the first applications for participating at IE Talent Show!!! Don’t miss this opportunity to share your talent with all IE Community and prepare your performance during the summer!!

 

www.campuslife.ie.edu

 

7
Jul

Graduation is approaching fast, and the Master in Management intake of September 2013 will soon end their IE Experience as a student and begin a new stage as an IE alumni.

Post by Arabdha Sudhir, Master in Management current student 

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“Change is the only constant they say. And with major change comes major upheaval-a transition of surroundings, places and more importantly a transition into a newer version of oneself

Today-as we await the day we all graduate as Masters – await that moment when we hurl our hats and walk down in élan, we know we have changed. The ‘We’ today-that was a bunch of solitary lost faces on the 12th of September in the university hall of ancient Segovia has evolved into a batch of unified pride and togetherness-MIM 2014. The ‘we’ that was composed of a plethora of random individuals aspiring for more- a year back, has come closer to what it had sought. And hopefully the ‘we’ that graduates on the 25th has an infinitesimally bright future that takes it closer to a much brighter world.

This is the end of an era and it’s infinitely sad to contemplate that the batch that was so wonderful together was ramifying out again. But it’s satisfying in reminiscence to realise that we’re inching towards a future that holds more hope and excitement, towards a future that holds close the amazing people we’ve befriended along and with a mind that’s open to endless possibilities.

It’s often hard to surmise things that have truly impacted our lives and hence it’s almost impossible to word out the impact MIM and IE has had in my life. But from being lost on Day One, to making those first new friends, feeling at home in a class housing thirty different nationalities , speaking for myself and more importantly sparabdha experience 3eaking for friends, learning to coexist in teams, learning, appreciating, ignoring, detesting, making plans, redoing plans, jumping careers, starting brand new ventures , taking the plunges I had never felt confident to, making new acquaintances, pitching to random groups , playing for MIM games, treasure hunt on Madrid streets , meeting the awe inspiring people I came across -from all over, struggling to meet deadlines , worrying sick over running late , being mistaken ,misjudged ,  ideating dreams, being an entrepreneur ,those impromptu dinners and trips, experiencing Europe with its multifaceted innuendos , keeping a straight face while not comprehending a word of Spanish, learning the first words of an alien language, cooking exotic recipes from countries I hadn’t heard of before, tasting the best of food and wine , designing ads , starting my own club , going on whole new expeditions with absolutely no plans – these are just a few of my MIM Experience moments and these months have brought in so much change. How I wish I could bottle up every moment of excitement and exhilaration and save it as an insignia! Sometimes I wonder-if it was just eleven months! But then again-they say it takes a second to change a world!

Someone said when you’re so consumed by the idea of rainbows, you don’t appreciate the light around .I don’t know if I’m where I had aspired to be eleven months back and  I don’t know if I will be there soon. But then again- my aspirations have evolved. When I landed in Madrid, I had a picture of haze in my mind- being only certain of the things I did not want. The haze seems a little clearer now and the days seem more promising. For me, MIM was a program for people who have never been afraid to experiment and experience. And as the journey nears an end, to all my fellow MIMs I say -‘It’s just another beginning. Carpe Diem! “

23
Jun

Entrevista realizada a Juan Perez Redondas, antiguo alumno Master in Management, convocatoria Septiembre 2011 

Enlace al perfil de Juan en Linkedin.

JPR Entrevista 2“Antes de empezar en el IE había cursado la Licenciatura en Economía, así como diferentes cursos de especialización en finanzas y negocios. Esta formación previa, junto con el Master cursado en el IE en el periodo 2011-2012 para la especialidad de Negocios Internacionales, me proporcionaron la formación necesaria para actualmente ser consultor en la firma Management Solutions; donde he tenido la posibilidad de desarrollar proyectos tanto en España como en el Extranjero. En términos generales, la experiencia en el IE se podría calificar de muy satisfactoria dado el gran abanico de posibilidades. El ciclo de conferencias, los distintos clubs (tanto de ocio como formativos) o las experiencias internacionales a los que se tienen acceso durante el master te colocan en una situación privilegiada ante el acceso al mercado laboral.”

 

  • ¿Por qué elegiste IE Business School frente otras escuelas de negocios? “Sin duda uno de los aspectos que siempre se tiene en cuenta es el prestigio de la institución, lo que la coloca como referente entre las escuelas de negocio nacionales e internacionales. Ahora bien, otros aspectos como las posibilidades de especialización, el Beyond Borders Experience, el ambiente internacional de sus aulas o su situación privilegiada en el centro de Madrid hacían que para mí el IE fuese la mejor opción.”
  •  ¿Por qué hacer un Master In Management frente a otro programa? “El Master in Management es, en mi opinión, la mejor opción para los recién graduados o aquellos con poca experiencia en el mercado laboral. Su método de estudio, en el que se simulan situaciones laborales reales; la amplia oferta académica que ofrece el Master (marketing, finanzas, logística,…) y los diferentes backgrounds académicos y personales de los estudiantes, permiten desarrollar unos skills que no sería posible en otros master.”
  • ¿Qué es lo que más te gustó de tu experiencia MIM? “Tal como se dice en la pregunta el MIM es toda una experiencia. Si me tuviese que quedar con algo me quedaría con todos los buenos momentos vividos con mis compañeros tanto dentro como fuera de las aulas. Otro aspecto que destacaría es el alto nivel de los profesores y la accesibilidad a los mismos.”
  • ¿Ha habido un antes y un después de haber cursado el MIM? ¿Por qué? “Sin duda. La formación adquirida, la convivencia con personas de backgrounds muy distintos y la carga de  trabajo a la que te ves sometido, hacen que veas los aspectos personales y profesionales desde una perspectiva muy distinta a la que podrías tener antes del Master.”
  • Crees que el Master In Management del IE, ¿te ayudó a conseguir tu actual puesto de trabajo? “Sin duda. Para mí, el MIM y la marca IE son dos de los principales activos que tiene un estudiante o profesional a la hora de presentarse al mercado laboral.”
  • En cuanto al tema del fomento de careras profesionales: ¿Qué tipo de recursos tuviste acceso durante y después del programa en cuanto al Centro de Carreras Profesionales? “Durante el master tienes acceso a un gran equipo de carreras profesionales que te darán toda la información necesaria para la preparación de futuribles entrevistas. Además, existen muchos cursos de orientación profesional, preparación de CVs, cover letter o simulación de entrevistas, lo que coloca a los estudiantes en una situación privilegiada. Otro importante activo es la página de Carrera Profesionales durante los últimos meses del Master, donde todos los días aparecen nuevas oportunidades a los que los estudiantes tienen acceso.”
  • Durante el Master se fomenta, entre otros, el networking, ¿mantienes el contacto con las personas que conociste durante el Master? “Durante el master tienes la posibilidad de conocer a muchas personas, tanto del MIM como de otros programas. Obviamente, una vez finalizado el mismo es difícil mantener el contacto con todas ellas, aunque son frecuentes las reuniones de antiguos estudiantes. Además otros eventos (ej. bodas) son un buen momento para reencontrarnos y recordar viejas experiencias.”
  • ¿Crees que tu red de contactos, generada durante el master te ha ayudado profesionalmente? “En mi caso, por el momento, no he tenido la necesidad de recurrir a contactos para desarrollarme profesionalmente; si bien soy consciente de que el hecho de que muchos antiguos estudiantes del IE se encuentren en las principales empresas del país abre las puertas a que nuevos estudiantes accedan a las mismas, pues saben pasar por el IE es sinónimo de buena formación.”
  • ¿Qué consejo darías a los candidatos que están buscando cursar el MIM y potencializar sus prospectos de carrera profesional? “Mi principal consejo es disfrutar de la experiencia que ofrece el IE, aprovechando tanto las posibilidades que se ofrecen tanto dentro como fuera de las aulas, que permiten un desarrollo profesional inimaginable durante la duración del Master.”

JPR Entrevista 1

6
Jun

Blog post written by MIM September 2013 intake current student Maximilian Ruf 

“Hi, I’m Max, and I was already a young entrepreneur before getting on this trip. To break things down and tell you what comes next in a nutshell: This trip changed my life! If I hadn’t chosen being an entrepreneur before this trip, I would have done it right after. Even feeling like being a rather average business school student. The global immersion week to San Francisco was a success from the beginning to the end, the organization is top notch, the food is awesome and obviously San Fran, as a city, pretty amazing.

9817098885_5cae0ce7eb_zOur whole group got inspired during this trip and everyone was able to feel the excitement after each company session in the bus. Silicon Valley truly is what those people write in all these Techcrunch, Fast Company, Wired Magazine, and whatsoever articles. The region seems to be loaded with opportunity and also inhabits the meritocracy to foster the motivation for everyone to succeed in it. If you have ever doubted this talk about “America is the land of opportunity” then be corrected by IE’s GIW San Francisco Trip! And here comes the big BUT: Be aware that you need to push yourself in the first term to be among the best (in terms of GPA) 20-30 people in the MIM program to meet the requirement to be able to join the trip.

Everything else during the trip is a matter of how much you are willing to put in. I agree with the program direction, the better you prepare your questions the more you will get out of the experts you meet. Also be aware that this trip is nothing for individualists, practice as a team and execute as a team, otherwise people in this place will create pretty quickly an antipathy for you. The very last point I would love to share with you is the reason why I can say this trip changed my life. During my flight back to Madrid I tried to reflect. What I realized, even so being astronomically tired and having probably the craziest red eyes among the plane that entrepreneurship is truly the thing I want to pursue in life. It affects more than just me and helps me to grow as a person. Among others, rock star people like Tom Byers (YES the #1 Entrepreneurship professor in the world!) and Guy Kawasaki (YES that GUY who worked together with Steve Jobs!!), thaught me in person that doing business through becoming an entrepreneur is about finding something where you can put meaning into and even make it profitable: How awesome is that??

Be prepared to have a life changing moment yourself, when you join this trip!

Have fun and enjoy the ride

30
May

Two Master in Management current students, Kateryna Goniuk and Miquel Nicolau, share their impressions after the Global Immersion Week in Shanghai – May 2014 about Doing Business in China

Shanghai GIW 2014 1 2“The word that best describes China is definitely controversial. They have impressive roads and skyscrapers neighboring ramshackle hovels; they say they don’t have communism anymore at the same time they defend the party and attribute all the recent economy progress to great Mao-following regime. They are very proud of their economic success and repeat that in PPP terms their GDP will surpass US this year and China will be the modern superpower while they cultivate corruption, neglect the public rules and stick to some outdated beliefs. They have a collectivistic culture and seemingly don’t like to stand out but yet, as an HR of one big company said, they are very aggressive and fight for their career even though not explicitly.

Obviously if you want to do business in China you need to take into account a lot of things, including those mentioned above. One of the most important and unexpected findings was that textile production, which was the biggest part of Chinese exports, shrunk significantly. That means that it became much more cost-efficient to produce clothes in Vietnam or Philippines because of the rising wages in China. The place of textile in the export structure shifted to the production of electronics, moving China towards manufacturing of the higher-end goods. It is also important that very recently the share of GDP, which came from services, outweighed the one produced by manufacturing.

As the people become richer, government tries to stimulate demand. Chinese people now have money and they start enjoying what Americans practice since the WWII – Consumerism. They are especially crazy about brands, which explains the huge margins that luxury brands make in China.

Since the essence of all businesses is people, those who want to open an enterprise in China should think twice. All managers in different companies stress such problems as high labor turnover, low loyalty, first priority of wage in motivation ranks, low ethics and high fraud rates when talking about Chinese labor market. Of course you also need to remember about a huge cultural abyss between the West and East.

Shanghai GIW 2014Having information about facts is great, but what are the key insights we got which could really help when it comes to doing business “in” or “with” China?

If one thing was made out clear during our trip it was that there is not a China expert. China is a country with a huge potential and with plenty of opportunities for one to become a successful businessman, but it is also an extremely hostile business environment. There is an infinite list of westerns who have tried to set operations in China, both as an extension of a current company or as entrepreneur, and have failed because of a very simple issue: Chinese are not like westerners. The American or European model for the world does not work in China, and this is the first thing one should consider before developing any idea in China.

The other issue is the Chinese. If you want to make business in China, you would probably need to make a deal with a Chinese at some point. Despite the communication issue (The percentage of Chinese who speak decent English in China is very low) there is an important cultural difference which one needs to understand before engaging in negotiations with Chinese.

Having said that, all these insights are great if one wants to get an idea about what is China, but the most important thing we learned is that no matter how much you read about China, no matter how many times you travel to China, if you want to do business successfully in China, you have to experience it first. Experience it is not about being there for a few months learning Chinese, experiencing China means living there as if you were a Chinese. Get a job, understand the market, and learn some Chinese and the most important: build a solid network. Business in China is all about having the right contacts or what the expats call “Guanxi”. Guanxi is huge in China. Knowing the right people will get you that project, that job or that contract.

Shanghai GIW 2014 1Another thing that caught our attention in China was the wide community of expats. Expats are everywhere and usually in senior positions. Reaching them, building awareness and creating effective relations within this community is definitely a must if you want to smooth the path to success in China.

To sum up, China is a peculiar country, but it’s not for everyone. Patience, determination and mid/long term view is key to survive in such a hostile environment. However the reward appears to be promising – maybe some of us will find out for ourselves in a few years!”

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