As couples and families, making the shared decision to move to another country and pursue further education triggers a mixture of feelings. From elation about the new adventure to anxiety about the unknown, it can be an emotional rollercoaster!
Below, six ESADE MBA Better Halves reflect on the realities of moving to Barcelona as a Better Half. We share the worries we had before moving, the things we brought (and miss!) from home, our most rewarding experiences in the city so far, and advice to future Better Halves making the move. We hope that these insights will help support incoming Better Halves and their families to have a positive experience in Barcelona.
At the end of our second term, a time where we were all thinking about internships and our future after the MBA, the Alumni Marketing Club put together an event where ESADE alumni shared their career experiences, learnings and tips as current decision makers in their companies.
The event started with a round table where the mentors shared with us their thoughts and advice on what companies value in a profile today. After this, we had the opportunity to speed mentor. This means that we met with each of the mentors to talk in small groups of 2-3 people so that we could ask more specific questions to our personal goals. This was a great opportunity to network and meet people that in the future could guide us more in our career related decisions.
On February 28th we took a walking tour of the Barrio Gotic with Hidden City Tours (http://www.hiddencitytours.com/) a social enterprise company that has trained formerly homeless individuals as tour guides. Our tour guide, Jose, shared his own personal story as well as hidden secrets of the streets. Read the rest of this entry »
When I applied for the ESADE MBA, I knew that the School had a link with the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC) through partner companies. What I didn’t expect was to end up presenting to a panel of top managers from the biggest telecommunication companies in the world. Read the rest of this entry »
The Sports Business Club kicked off the year with anexciting event co-hosted with the Consulting Club. The Deloitte Sports Business Group was back on campus to present the 2016 Money League Report, the most contemporary and reliable analysis of clubs’ financial performance in the world’s most popular sport. Read the rest of this entry »
Winning team - Naman Mehta; Maanas Mediratta; Eugenia Bolanos & Chad Goble, with judges
On February 2nd the ESADE Marketing club hosted their first case competition. Eight teams competed for the chance to represent ESADE in the international Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge. To choose the winning team, the club presented a case challenging students to propose “How Nespresso should capitalize on the opportunities of the circular economy to build a premium proposition for aspirational consumers?” Read the rest of this entry »
On December 15, 2015, we had our Entrepreneurship Club Official Kick-off Meeting, where we shared the club’s mission and vision as well as the agenda of exciting events we have planned so far for all our club members. Read the rest of this entry »
On December 3, 2015, we received Jenia Popova and Marco Ferrara, founders of “Ship2Shop”, in the EGarage for the presentation of their recently launched start-up. We had a great night sharing ideas and learning many things from their experience. Our guests were also very glad to interact with the audience, answering their questions and receiving their feedback.
Gastrofest is the biggest cultural event of ESADE. It is a special night where students get together to represent their countries with food tasting stands and cultural presentations on stage. The 2015 edition was celebrated on December 5th at Club Astoria, Barcelona and it was a complete success with 340 people attending. It is the largest number of attendees ever recorded for Gastrofest, tJickets SOLD-OUT. With 19 food stands and 5 cultural presentations, it’s was the greatest opportunity to celebrate diversity, try new food and dance to different rhythms. As an open event, students were able to invite friends and family to join the celebration.
The event started with an act displaying the 50 different nationalities of the students among ESADE Full time MBA in a parade of flags moving to the rhythm of the song “We are one” and a moving map video representing the geographical coverage of our diversity. Amazing way to start the night feeling the unity. Watch the full video below:
Spain is #4 on the list of countries that attract the most international talent to MBA programmes, outranked only by the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, making it the #1 European country, ahead of 5th-ranked France.Barcelona, meanwhile, is #8 on the list of cities that attract the most international MBA students and #1 in Europe per million inhabitants, ahead of Paris and London.
These are just a few highlights from theMBA City Monitor, a new report coordinated by Ivan Bofarull, Director of the Global Intelligence Office at ESADE. The report analyses the capacity of cities and countries to attract international students to MBA programmes ranked by the Financial Timesand highlights opportunities that cities and countries ought to seize.
According to the MBA City Monitor, the list of the top 10 cities with the highest proportion of international MBA students also includes Singapore, San Francisco, Toronto, Chicago, New York and Boston.
The east coast of the United States and Canada remains the number-one destination for international talent in MBA programmes, although the San Francisco–Silicon Valley area has been the fastest growing region over the past three years. Finally, the report found that MBA graduates have increasingly come to see working at a start-up as a top career choice.
A strategic asset
“In Barcelona, we’ve seen that around 10% of MBA students from the city’s main business schools go on to become entrepreneurs, and 80% to 95% of them are international,” commented Ivan Bofarull, Director of the Global Intelligence Office at ESADE and coordinator of the study.
“In Europe and Barcelona, the general pool of next-generation start-ups isn’t large enough for us to evaluate the impact of high-quality international talent – especially MBA students,” commented Mr. Bofarull. “However, we suspect that the major trends are similar to those seen in the United States, where a large percentage of start-ups are founded by foreigners and, although most MBA graduates are not start-up founders, they do play an instrumental role in the success of the ecosystem as a whole.”
“The attraction of global MBA talent should be taken into account when assessing a city’s potential to create new entrepreneurial initiatives that can have an impact on the creation of high-quality jobs,” added Mr. Bofarull. “From an administrative point of view, we should try to make life easier for this new segment so that it can generate business opportunities.”
The report concludes that in countries like Spain and France – which have troubled labour markets and are struggling to be leaders in innovation – the MBA population should clearly be considered a strategic asset.
ESADE’s Chinese-speaking community is growing every year, giving rise to a tight-knit group able to share experiences in Barcelona. As graduates accept positions all around the world, the network continues to be a key component of their international studies, even after their programmes have ended.
With this in mind, ESADE recently organized a tour of Barcelona for all of its Chinese-speaking students. The tour was based on the popular Chinese TV series “Meteor Garden 2″, and students were taken to various Barcelona landmarks, including Parc Güell, Sagrada Familiaand the Canaletes fountain, among others.
ESADE partners with top programmes in mainland China (Guanghua School of Management, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, the China Europe International Business School), Hong Kong (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Chinese University of Hong Kong) and elsewhere in Asia. This year, ESADE has moreover strengthened its online presence in China with the help of Zheng YanYu (’16), a full-time MBA student from China looking to complement her educational background in sports management and her experience working for FC Barcelona.
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Based in Sant Cugat, on the outskirts of Barcelona, we’re just far enough away from the city centre, in the perfect location to study and be inspired, whilst still being close enough to hop on the train and be in the bustling city of Barcelona in no time! (Barcelona and Sant Cugat are easily connected in about 20 minutes by train)
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MBA graduate and entrepreneur Luke Miller on opening the Tech Crunch entrepreneurial event at Barcelona Activa on 13th December proudly stated of the Barcelona business scene: “We think we have the opportunity, the talent and the city that can attract amazing talent and really make this (Barcelona) the cluster of the future of Europe”. ESADE MBA students involved in the student Entrepreneurship Club were able to contribute to the event and network with the likes of Mauricio Prieto, co-founder of e-dreams, and neighbour start-up companies based here at ESADE Creapolis, such as WorldCoo, crowd funding company who launched at the event.
The clear message here is that despite the continuing economic crisis, Barcelona is proving to be the perfect home for companies both technological and otherwise, offering a location with personality and style, a veritable entrepreneurial hub, with places such as Barcelona Activa, 22@ and ESADE Creapolis proving that innovators and entrepreneurs are big in this city and accomplishing great things.
While dire circumstances face the Spanish economy during the second Eurozone recession of the last three years, there has been little cause for hope as far as employment goes. Spain currently has the highest unemployment rate out of all industrialized nations, but there is a shining light emanating from Barcelona, where the startup scene is flourishing.
Barcelona, Spain — Joblessness has affected much of Spain with a rise to almost 26% unemployment. Tourism has been one of the only industries still managing to hold it’s own and provide a degree of economic relief, but recent developments in the startup scene have also uncovered a beacon of hope.
Regardless, Barcelona is seeing some substantial growth in startup businesses, while investors are putting their money back into the city that’s hosting a number of events and conferences surrounding these developments. Barcelona Activa, ESADE, IESE are three prominent drivers of innovation in the city, standing behind entrepreneurship within the burgeoning expat community.
Bob Samii and Luke Miller – both connected with ESADE via their MBA studies – have set about creating even more opportunity in Barcelona, by successfully launching JobFluent – a website for jobseekers and hiring tech startups, that allows them the chance to network and exchange skills for promising career paths.
The website is very much focused on startups within the tech industry and has a stringent approval process for jobs posted on the site. Operating predominantly within Barcelona, JobFluent is tapping into the startup community – a thriving niche that holds much promise for the city, its inhabitants and the country of Spain as a whole. With plans to expand into other European countries in the near future, this could be the change of pace that is needed.
Bob Samii, who is a marketing director at Spain’s largest ecommerce company, eDreams, and owner of creative agency, inMotion, is involved with several startups in and around Barcelona. “Both Luke and I regularly receive a few emails a month from friends in startups that are looking to hire talent and often can’t find the right candidates from the bigger job boards. Add a flourishing startup community in Barcelona and other European tech hubs, and that’s where the idea of JobFluent started taking shape.”
Luke is the co-founder of Offset Options, an environmental data provider for travel and large events. Their portfolio includes the largest tour in world history – the LiveNation U2 360 tour. He is also involved with a few startups in Barcelona and London, as well working with other Barcelona founders in holding regular events that bring the Barcelona Tech founder community closer together.
With their combined skills and shared vision, it seems that JobFluent has the potential to reach aspirational heights – for them, the job seekers and startup companies involved. It couldn’t have come at a better time.
Visit www.jobfluent.com for more information on JobFluent or contact on email info [at] jobfluent.com.
This weekend I was fortunate to go to the Global Sports Forum as part of a delegation from the Sports Business Club in the MBA Program. These kinds of VIP events are one of the perks of being an Esade student. I also went to this year’s edition of the Brandery, a fashion show, and many of my colleagues attended the Mobile World Congress, which is one of the world’s biggest trade fairs.
As an American, the moment I enjoyed the most at the Global Sports Forum was a panel that included the NBA’s EVP for Global Marketing Partnerships, Mark Tatum. Tatum spoke about the NBA’s profound globalization: games are broadcast in 200+ countries (and hundreds have now been staged abroad); 77 foreign players have passed through the league, from 30-some different countries. Linsanity’s viral spread, for instance, is owed in great part not to Facebook but to the Chinese Weibo! Tatum said he is flooded with calls from Chinese brands wanting to ink a sponsorship deal with Lin or the Knicks. In an era where companies are judged by their foothold in growing markets, the NBA is a gold standard.
Why is this globalization good for the NBA? First, revenue. More TV deals, sponsorships, merchandise sales, and the option to do summer tours. And second, talent. The NBA is simply putting out a better product post globalization. The sportswriter Bill Simmons recently said the league has 3 times as many marketable stars as it did 20 years ago. This means sustained quality; the alternative, relying on the megastars of the past like Jordan, Bird, and Magic, is risky because you never know when they will come along.
If only I had been able to get to the forum on Thursday; speakers included Manchester United legend Eric Cantona and American football player Justin Tuck.
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