Xuhui Gan is an IE alumni from Hangzhou, China, who graduated from the IE Master in Finance on July 2015. Xuhui’s high academic ability and rich overbroad experience contributed to her professional success. After she graduated from high school, she came to Spain alone and had her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance at Carlos III University of Madrid. She was selected as the valedictorian at the graduation ceremony due to her academic excellence and became the first Chinese student ever to receive this honor in Spain. Moreover, at IE, she also excelled among the peers and joined Beta Gamma Sigma for her extraordinary academic performance.
After graduation from IE, she decided to dedicate herself to financial risk management, which is a clear but challenging career direction. She finally got into BBVA’s financial risk department and started her professional journey that she has been longing for. To get a closer approach to her position and the story behind it, keep on reading about the conversation that she had with Yuxiang He, a IE Master in Management 2017 candidate and Careers Ambassador.
Q: Can you please tell us briefly what your previous job was about? Did you make a significant career change on any of those?
A: My previous job was in Asset & Liability Management consulting. The project that I was assigned was not challenging enough for me, and I wanted a position where I could learn something new, and a place where I could have career development of better quality. That’s why I decided to quit and apply for risk management at BBVA.
Q: Can you please tell us briefly about your job in BBVA?
A: I started as Risk Analyst on September 2016, based in Madrid. Risk management at BBVA is of paramount importance. As a risk analyst, with a focus on market risk, I review periodically valuation of market instruments to assure proper measurement of our risk exposures.
"It is very important for job seekers to have it clear where our interests lie and what companies we like, always with an open attitude to new opportunities that arise. This helps us to keep being motivated along the tough road of job search."
Q: Has your personal career strategy always been focused on this job? How does this new job fit into your career strategy?
A: My career strategy has always been focused on risk management, though my geographic and company preferences are wider. It is very important for job seekers to have it clear where our interests lie and what companies we like, always with an open attitude to new opportunities that arise. This helps us to keep being motivated along the tough road of job search.
Q: How did you find out about this job opportunity? Where did you apply for the job?
A: I first learned about this opportunity on LinkedIn, then I went to the career website of BBVA to check more detailed requirements. I applied to the job on their career website. As a suggestion, I highly recommend you to follow the career websites of the companies and apply to any opportunity that fits your interests. Do not think about how much probability you have for being selected. Go stage by stage of selection processes. Just keep going and you’ll succeed at some point.
"My career advisor stressed the importance of "being yourself" in the interview. Don’t try to guess what type of person the company likes. They want to see who you really are."
Q: 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?
A: My Career Advisor Irina Zilbergleyt gave me some advice, among which I would stress the importance of “being yourself” in the interview. Don’t try to guess what type of person the company likes. They want to see who you really are.
Q: How was the recruiting process?
A: The recruiting process is quite common, online tests, English test, HR interview, interview with the department. Nothing quite specific.
Q: What advice or tips would you share with student interested in applying to BBVA? To your job position in particular?
A: Keep a close eye on the career website of BBVA. Be open to new opportunities that you haven’t envisioned.
Q: As a non-European candidate, do you have any suggestions for job hunting in Spain?
A: You’d better speak fluent Spanish for job hunting in Spain, as many companies still carry out their recruiting processes in Spanish.
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