Ana Herranz is a professional with more than 15 years of work experience in Finance, Business Development, Strategy and Education Management.
She started her career at DHL International, in the Finance Department, where she was soon recognized as a rising star and was promoted to become a Billing Manager (leading a team of 12 people) and then promoted to the position of a Controller.
She successfully changed her roles within DHL to Business Development working in the Strategic Business Unit, managing key clients in the banking industry.
She joined IE Business School in 2007 as a Program Manager for Executive MBA. Currently, she is the Director of Career Education in the Career Management Center of IE, responsible for designing and implementing all career education content for the various business and non-business masters.
In her current role she is also a career advisor to the Executive MBA students of IE.
Ana has worked in different industries and functions and has always taken on a new opportunity with enthusiasm and dedication. She is passionate about working with students, helping them in defining and achieving their career objectives and connecting them with resources, people, organizations and opportunities.
In addition to her LL.B, Ana holds an MBA and a Master in Human Resources Management. She has completed an Advanced Management Program for top executives at IE.
CAREER PATH AND REACHING THE CURRENT POSITION
I believe that to manage your career efficiently, your first step has to be self-assessment. Identifying your strengths and passions and then combining the two has to be the main step in developing a successful career strategy.
I wish at my time I had had so many tools that are now available, which would have helped me tremendously in deciding what I really wanted to do. As with everyone, I have been at loss several times in my career, when it came to defining my core values and strengths.
What I finally discovered, not too long ago, is that my main driver is learning. I need to know that I am learning something every day and this explains my career changes in the past few years across industries and job functions.
To manage our destinies it is vital to find out what really sparks the fire in us, something that only we can find out in ourselves. Whatever the effort we put in discovering this may be very difficult but will always be worth it.
THE MOST FUN PART
As responsible of Career Education it is great to have the opportunity to bring on-campus speakers from around the world, with the newest ideas, great communicators or seasoned professionals from whom there is always so much to discover and learn.
THE HARDEST PART
The economic situation is currently so fragile especially in Europe and in Spain, that it is hard to see talented hard-working people striving to get a job.
THE SKILLS REQUIRED
I would say that the essential skill for our job as careers professionals is empathy; there is a fundamental need to grasp what the person in front of you needs.
Obviously it is no less important to have a broad knowledge base of different industries, job markets and thorough understanding of how companies manage their human resources, in terms of selection, retention, talent development, etc.
HELPING THE STUDENTS IN THEIR CAREER MANAGEMENT IS…
…is helping them to define their personal and professional goals and build a roadmap to be successful in achieving them.
ABOUT CAREER EDUCATION AND CAREER ADVISING
At IE Career Management Center we need to be aware and updated about the latest HR and Recruitment trends – how companies attract, retain and develop talent, job markets, etc. to be able to efficiently help our students.
“WORDS OF WISDOM”
TO ALL IE STUDENTS AND ALUMNI – we are living in tough complicated times and now more than ever it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd and be able to define our “unique value proposition”, which I insist again can only be done through self-assessment.
Self-Awareness is a core competence that is also the foundation of many more competences and therefore vital, not only for our professional development but also in our personal environment. Investing in self-assessment will help to guide ourselves to create the ideal balance in both our personal and professional aspects of life – which at the end of the day, is what all of us are looking for.
I WISH YOU ALL A SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY FUTURE!!