Kohei Okusa graduated from the IE Master in Visual and Digital Media (MVDM) on July 2015, and upon graduation he joined Ticketbis in Madrid. Before joining Ticketbis, he was working for FOX in Japan in promotion and advertising. By joining Ticketbis, he made significant professional changes: from advertising in a multinational broadcasting company in Asia to an e-commerce startup in Europe. His role as a Digital Marketing Manager is to increase sales by driving traffic to the Ticketbis platform from all other online channels. Responsibilities also include to maintain a coherent company image and message across all channels. Thanks to IE’s Talent and Careers guidance on the Ley de Emprendedores, he was able to obtain a Spanish work permit.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
I met Ticketbis CEO and fortunately, the company was actively looking for a native Japanese speaker for a job opening in their Madrid office.
How did Talent and Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process? Did you use specific career resources or did you come across useful information via an advisor or alumni?
Shuo Xing, IE Career Advisor, pinpointed to the kind of positions they were looking for which helped me a lot. Moreover, she was helpful throughout the entire process by promptly answering to my questions or doubts, especially on Spanish company culture.
The IE MVDM experience helped a lot as I feel professionals with understanding of both creative work and how to apply it to business are in demand. Also the entrepreneurial spirit was a big contribution not only during the recruiting process but also when I started working as Ticketbis is a young and growing company.
Would please tell us briefly about Talent and Careers’ support with your work permit process and a bit about the process itself?
Shuo helped me a lot by providing me information and places to look for information regarding this matter. Cases in the past helped me a lot on how to prepare for it. Even cases with negative results were extremely helpful too.
One tip would be to keep leveled expectations at all times during the process and do as much as possible to get support from the company.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc.?
There were three interviews. The first one was for another position that I was initially called up for. Later I was called up for another interview for a marketing position, where I had the interview with the regional manager and VP. Finally, the third interview was with future team members.
Would you want to share any tips or advice with student interested in applying to Ticketbis?
I would say being proactive is key because I believe that is how I came across the opportunity. Not just saying it. You have to show it in every touch point you have with the recruiter.
Ley de Emprendedores
If you think you qualify to obtain a Spanish work permit through Ley de Emprendedores, please read closely the presentation on INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY SECTION: Law 14/2013 on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalisation available on the IE Career Portal >> Resources >> Documents Library >> search by keywords Spanish visa. Please keep in mind that IE is not responsible for processing work permits, however Talent and Careers will gladly provide more information and guidance to students and recruiters.
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