Jumping Talent eae business school

Jumping Talent eae business school

EAE students around the world: Graduate Programs 2015

Run by multinational companies with the aim of recruiting high-potential candidates from the best universities and business schools. The selected candidates join the company and embark on a rotation program that can last up to 18 months in various European offices of the company. The Professional Careers Department has overseen students’ participation in 35 Graduate Programs, with 13 students successfully being incorporated into these programs. Some of the candidates selected from EAE in 2015 were as follows:

Mario Munera
Master in Project Management

Lucas Madiedo
Master in Marketing and Commercial Management

Momoko Takasi
Master of International Business

Omar Al-Nehlawi Valverde

María Gabriela Montilla


Company Meeting: 21 companies present their professional development programs to EAE students

In 2015, the Company Meeting program was run for EAE students in Madrid and Barcelona, with a number of multinationals for all sectors presenting their professional development programs to EAE students. The following companies visited us within the framework of the Company Meeting program:

Boehringer Ingelheim
Burguer King
Banco Interamericano Washington
Meliá Internacional
Jumping Talent
Grupo BLC
Amadeus IT
Grupo Stef
ElTenedor (TripAdvisor)

Jumping Talent

Organised by Universia, the Jumping Talent event returns this year in its sixth edition. On Thursday 7th April, the university talent contest will bring together 96 candidates of greatest potential and make 12 large companies compete for their talent.

EAE Business School sent 300 potential candidates to the organisation. After three filter stages performed by Universia, 8 Master students will represent our School as finalists, matching last year’s total. Moreover, EAE Business School has become the third business school with the highest number of representatives in Jumping Talent.

To calm the participants’ nerves and give them an in-depth explanation of what they will come up against next Thursday, the Professional Careers Department organised a meeting with the six finalists on the Madrid campus, followed remotely by the Barcelona students, who will travel to the capital for Jumping Talent. Two finalists from last year’s edition, Daniel Lobato and Miguel Gaitán, were also invited to join them.

During the session, Daniel Lobato and Miguel Gaitán gave an explanation of the three tests that they faced last year, underlining the fact that the details change every year. They encouraged the finalists to forget their nerves and do a little prior research into the companies that they find most interesting so that they can go straight for what they are most interested in.

As they explained, networking is the key feature of this event and, thanks to Jumping Talent, students can build contacts with the sectors in which they are keen to work in their professional futures. Daniel Lobato told them how he had some business cards made up and, in the breaks, he handed them out to the HR technicians of the companies that he was most interested in.

Miguel Gaitán stressed that the important thing is not so much the prize awarded to the winning team, but rather that “forming part of Jumping Talent is a prize in itself”. Moreover, he went on to explain that, despite his initial nerves, it turned out to be a unique opportunity that he not only learnt from but that he would also enjoy and remember forever.  

A new edition of Jumping Talent has been held, the event organised by Universia that is committed to promoting young talent. After analysing more than 5,400 candidates, the top 96 students were selected and invited to embark on this unique and enjoyable experience which gives them a chance to make a name for themselves among 12 leading companies in their sectors.  


Three tests that require great creativity, designed to build teams.

The event primarily consisted of three tests, the organisers from Universia dividing the students into teams straightaway. The first test involved a number of mini-tests:  the handkerchief, tangram, riddles, etc. As Mercedes, explains, they were useful for breaking the ice and giving the students the chance to get to know each other.

The second test was called The Voice. Along the same line as the popular television program, the coaches were the 12 companies, who had to ‘press their button’ for the students to create teams for the final test. The students came to the stage where they chose a question at random, which they had to answer within 15 seconds. Based on their response, different companies could pick them and it was finally down to the student to decide which company they wanted to go with.

Lara San Román described the experience as intense and explained that “while you wait for your number to be called, you answer your classmates’ questions in your head, but, even so, when it is your turn, you have half a second to respond”. The companies were looking for original responses, putting the students in a nerve-racking situation in which they had to remain calm.

Lastly, the final test, as Antonio explained, was a complete surprise. Like in another reality TV program, the team had to work together to prepare three types of tapa, twelve of each. To do so, they had 5 minutes to plan what they were going to do, 5 minutes to get the ingredients from the market and 45 minutes to prepare them. “A unique way of practising teamwork and leadership”, as Antonio summarised.


Network of contacts

As well as having a pleasant and enjoyable day, the students knew that the final point of the event was to meet various representatives, technicians and directors of the leading companies in their sectors.

The participants in this sixth edition were KPMG (which had the winning team), Ernst & Young, Mediaset, Vodafone, CBRE, Banco Santander, Leroy Merlín, LG, Saint-Gobain, PSA Peugeout-Citroën, Everis and Johnson & Johnson.

Our students’ sensations

“Adrenaline” is the word that our students most commonly use to describe their experience of Jumping Talent. “I felt very lucky to have the opportunity to meet the directors of such important companies”, explained Antonio, who highlighted how personal the dealings with Universia and the participating companies were, the network of contacts that candidates develop and the creativity that is fostered.

Lara also wanted to thank Universia for the opportunity, organisation and support, and the companies for believing in projects of this kind. In her opinion, the day was “a mixture of excitement, emotion, laughter and challenges” in which she discovered that “learning by playing is the key to wisdom”.

Mercedes underlined the networking that takes place throughout the day, both with the companies that participate and with the rest of the Jumpers. “As well as having a great day, enjoying a more relaxed and less professional atmosphere”, she added.

Andrea explained that she enjoyed a “unique and fun experience that she recommends 100%”. She highlights the Voice round, saying that you feel privileged and lucky when the companies take a chance on you. She also says that, although she joined the Vodafone team, she did not want to miss the chance to talk to the rest of the participating companies.

Alba did the same, preparing business cards to give to the representatives in the breaks. She advises all students to apply next year because, as she explains “her expectations of the competition were high, but the fact is that they were exceeded”.