Daniel Lobato is one of the 108 most promising students in the country. We are not just saying so because he has been a student at EAE Business School, but because it has been confirmed by Universia’s Jumping Talent programme. After studying Law at the University of Granada, Daniel decided to broaden his knowledge by taking the Master in Human Resources at EAE. After a period working as an intern at IBM, he is about to sign a contract with the company. We had the chance to speak to him today and, of course, give him our congratulations.
YOU ARE JUST ABOUT TO START WORKING AS A CONSULTANT AT IBM AFTER BEING SELECTED AS ONE OF THE 108 MOST PROMISING STUDENTS IN THE COUNTRY IN UNIVERSIA’S JUMPING TALENT PROGRAMME
Luckily. I am very proud to belong to a company as innovative as IBM, where they truly practise the famous concept of ‘talent management’. In my experience, I can state first hand that IBM takes care of its talent. Therefore, I am really grateful for this opportunity, and I am going to work as hard as I can not to let them down. With respect to Jumping Talent, it was a unique experience, a real showcase, both for us, the candidates, and for the participating companies.
WHICH OF YOUR QUALITIES DO YOU THINK THAT IBM VALUED HIGHLY ENOUGH TO OFFER YOU A POSITION IN THE COMPANY?
At IBM, they look for recent graduates in engineering, IT, mathematics or Business Administration and Management, but they are also open to other degrees if you display a technological vocation. They also search for candidates with a high level of English, international experience, and communication, leadership and teamwork skills.
In my case, even though I don’t have a technical profile, I meet all of the other requirements and the fact that I am currently doing a postgraduate internship in the Human Resources department also enabled me to show the team at IBM my competencies and attitude.
IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, YOU ARE GOING TO SIGN A CONTRACT WITH IBM. WHAT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE HAVE YOU GAINED OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS?
First and foremost, I have had an absolutely incredible experience. It has been and still is the first stage of my professional career and I have been extremely lucky to have hit the ground running at IBM, a company that has had faith in me from the very beginning.
It had faith in me when it gave me the first Spanish Human Resources grant. It had faith in me barely two months ago when it gave me the European Human Resources grant. And now, once again, it has had enough faith in me to offer me this contract on the Graduate Consulting Programme. With this in mind, I only have positive things to say about my experience and I hope that this professional relationship lasts long into the future.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU GOING TO FACE ON THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME?
As is well known in consulting, dealing directly with customers requires the utmost effort. However, if you enjoy the work, it is not a chore. I find the job tremendously stimulating and it keeps me active at all times. I am ready to take on more responsibilities, put in the hours that are needed. I will probably have to go to the customers’ offices and even make business trips. All of this means effort and work, but if we don’t act on our desire to take on the world when we are young, when are we going to do it, right?
WHAT CONTRIBUTION HAS EAE MADE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUR CURRENT PROFESSION?
EAE gave me a really good grounding in certain concepts that are really important for starting my career in the business world from scratch. Beyond the books, it has been a luxury to have lecturers of such a high professional and personal calibre, who have never hesitated to treat us as equals and give us a first-hand insight into their most personal experiences of business. Thanks to them, and of course my classmates on the Master who have had to put up with me, we are able to make all of these achievements, so a great deal of this ‘success’ is certainly down to them.