A Good Career Launching Pad < Back
“My dream, even before I came to IESE, was to work for a private bank but none of them liked my CV once I’d finished my degree. Now, thanks to the YTP, I’ve got a job at Credit Suisse,” says Carlos Vázquez, an arts graduate from the University of Navarra. He is one of the young people who joined the Young Talent Program and who has moved on to the second phase, the MBA, after spending two years working for a company.
Once they join the program, having finished their degrees, the graduates take part in the Next Steps Seminar, a one-week module in which they join classes at IESE and familiarize themselves with the case study method. They then spend the next two years working for a company associated with the IESE program. At the end of this period they are ready to start an MBA at IESE. Students from the fourth intake are now doing the admission exams. A total of 125 students have been admitted since the program was launched, 60 percent of them from outside Spain.
Carlos Romero, who studied law and worked for PwC before embarking on an MBA, describes the benefits of the program. “Participants know they have been accepted on to the MBA course once they finish their degree and this forms part of a very useful package, as well as getting to know IESE before starting classes,” he says.
At the same time, IESE manages to hang on to talent that might otherwise not have ended up in its classrooms. Through the YTP, IESE “links up companies with completely new profiles,” says Carlos Vázquez. From the companies’ point of view, they can count on being supplied with talented young people that have been filtered by IESE.
“I’m proud to have taken part in the first YTP. It’s really great to see how later generations are benefiting from the feedback that you have provided,” says Sofía Anza, who studied pharmacology and worked for Eli Lilly. “When you come to a place like IESE at such a young age you develop a lot of affection for it and you get involved.” Carlos Romero feels that participating in the first program is “a responsibility” and makes him a role model for many people who want to join the program. “We have to repay the trust that IESE has invested in us,” he says.
Finding and keeping talent is crucial for any company that wants to survive a period of globalization and recession. “The YTP encourages professional and business success while at the same time opening the door to specialized and qualified professionals,” said Itziar de Ros, head of IESE’s MBA admissions department.