When they told Miguel Gaitán that he had been chosen as one of the most promising student in Spain, he could not believe it. At the time, he was at the School, in one of the classes on the Master in Journalism and Digital Communication that he was taking. When he heard the news, the first thing that came to mind was to “scream out loud”. Ironically, he now works in the same company that selected him: Universia España. He assures us that he “takes something new home every day” from the experience.
108 PEOPLE FROM THE WHOLE OF SPAIN AND YOU ARE ONE OF THE CHOSEN FEW. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY COMES FROM BEING SELECTED FOR THE JUMPING TALENT PROGRAMME?
Responsibility? When they tell you you’ve been picked, none at all! Rather than that it was a boost to my self-esteem and a great thrill. Wow, being named as one of the 108 most promising students in Spain by the Jumping Talent sounded too good to be true (and still does)! You don’t really have any idea of what it really means. As time goes on, once you join a company, having been chosen as one of the 108, then, yes, they start to look at you a bit more closely and want to know why you were picked. But in hindsight, responsibility? Perhaps a little. Pride? Much, much more. Pressure? Not at all.
WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN THEY TOLD YOU?
My reaction was pretty much spontaneous. I was in class, I saw the e-mail and the first thing that came to mind was to scream out loud. But I was in class, so my only option was to tap the classmate next to me hard and tell him that I had made it through to the final of a programme called Jumping Talent and that it was a big deal. Poor guy!
WHICH COMPANY HAS SELECTED YOU OR WHAT TRAINING PROGRAMME HAVE YOU STARTED?
In my case, although it may sound like a joke, I am on an internship programme at the same company that organizes the competition Universia España, which belongs to Grupo Santander. So, I basically see the faces that I met on Jumping Talent every day, as my current colleagues run the competition. In fact, during my first few days, there was a half-hearted attempt to give me the nickname ‘the jumper’. Luckily or unfortunately (I didn’t mind either way), it didn’t stick and they now know me as Miguel.
WHAT HAVE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS BEEN?
My impression has been really positive, for various reasons. Firstly, I am getting to know a professional area that was relatively unknown to me, digital marketing. Of course, I studied journalism. I am a journalist by profession with three years’ experience under my belt, and this was something completely new. Luckily, it is really suiting me well and every day I take something new home from the experience. That is what it is all about. It is a great satisfaction.
WHAT IS YOUR LONG-TERM PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE?
My answer is always the same when I am asked something along these lines. I am like a recorded message on an answer-phone, but it is what I really strive for. My long-term goal in my professional live is to be involved with the NBA, the United States basketball league. I don’t think, at this stage of life, I am ever going to find anything that inspires such passion in me as the NBA has. And I have been taking my first steps in that world over the last year or more, balancing it with my internship at Universia.
A STAGE OF YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE HAS BEEN AT EAE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE IT?
For me, it has been the ideal and necessary extension of my knowledge base. In fact, if I compare what I knew when I embarked on the Master and what I know now, it makes me laugh. Not just in terms of the technical knowledge that I have acquired, but it has also changed the way I see things. Before the programme, my attitude and mindset was that there was not much left to invent, that everything formed part of an established order. Now, my mind is much more imaginative and enterprising.
WHAT CONTRIBUTION HAS IT MADE TO YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE?
The knowledge required to broaden my training background, both for my profession, journalism, and for giving me a solid grounding for other areas, such as digital marketing.
Thank you very much for the interview, Miguel. We wish you the best of luck for the future!