The Career Advising Team
The Career Advising team provides one-on-one advice to students from the very beginning of the program.
Executive Director of Career Management
The executive director, Amber Wigmore Álvarez, oversees three key areas: career advising, recruiter relations and career education. Her responsibility includes designing the career classes that Career Management Center does for each program which focus on CVs, cover letters, salary negotiation, mock interviews, personal branding and how to get on the radar of a head hunter. She oversees three key directors who are responsible for those main areas.
The International Side of the Career Management Center
One of IE’s major competitive advantages is its international network of 24 offices around the world. Although their main mission is to help with admissions for IE programs, because of their local market knowledge and relations with our alumni in those regions, they almost act as a back office for the Career Management Centre. Of all the offices, six are a lot more geared towards Career Services, one of which is the office in India. The other offices which have a strong career management focus are the ones in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Dubai and Singapore, which also covers Hong Kong and Taiwan.
All IE offices have a listing of all our careers collaborators and providers on the IE careers portal. This includes an excellent resource called Going Global. In this, there are a series of country career guides. Each of these guides includes visa information, CV tips, and cover letter tips, interviewing tips, a list of the top online job sites and a list of the executive search firms in those countries. In addition, the economies and the labor market are taken into account. Students are also guided to other markets where Career Management Services foresees that there could be opportunities.
Career Services in India
Bhushan Vishwasrao has recently been appointed as Careers Director of the India office, and the India office is the first office of the 24 to have a Careers Director. He is generating recruitment opportunities and centralizing them through the IE job bank. And there is a special monthly bulletin he sends to IE alumni residing in India where he is making sure that they are aware of all the initiatives in Careers and if they have any recruiting needs, they let him know. Mr. Vishwasrao makes sure he has all their information by reaching out to them. He is also doing a lot of outreach to HR associations, executive search firms, etc.
A heavy component in Mr. Vishwasrao’s day is recruiter relations and business development – going after companies and making them aware of IE and pitch the talent of all the different programs and profiles IE has, starting with the IE University fresh graduates to pre-experienced Masters in Management to our full-time MBA students and finally our executive programs. He also takes into account where Indian alumni would like to work.
Nevertheless, this is not a placement agency. Mr. Vishwasrao is generating opportunities that we are posting in our job bank. He is informing the Indian alumni about that to encourage them to apply to these opportunities. At the same time, he’s been through Careers Training like CV writing, cover letter writing, etc. When alumni approach him and are looking for more local market expertise when it comes to their career portfolio documentation, he’s prepared for that as well. Mr. Vishwasrao would also go to industry events such as a finance conference, an HR conference and really get the word out there about IE’s presence in India.