Masters students have opportunities throughout the year to meet or interview with local and international employers. This year, recruiters traveled to Barcelona from Basel, Brussels, London, Madrid and Paris to talk with interested students.
Recruiters say they are consistently impressed with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of the Barcelona GSE graduates they've hired.
On-campus recruiter visits 2013-14
|Banc Sabadell||Banking and Financial Services||Barcelona|
|Bluecap Management Consulting||Consulting Firm||Barcelona|
|Compass Lexecon||Consulting Firm||Madrid|
|Deloitte *||Consulting Firm||London|
|Frontier Economics||Consulting Firm||London|
|KPMG *||Consulting Firm||London|
|La Caixa||Banking and Financial Services||Barcelona|
|Novartis||Pharmaceutical Company||Barcelona and Basel|
|RBB Economics *||Consulting Firm||Brussels|
|UK Competition Commission||Government Agency||London|
*On-campus interviews in addition to recruiter talk
Skills and attitude of students keep recruiters coming back
Several of the recruiters who come to the Barcelona GSE to speak with students return to campus every year. Oriol Aspachs, Director of the European Unit of "la Caixa" Savings Bank's Research Department in Barcelona, says that the skills and attitude of the students make them attractive candidates.
"Barcelona GSE graduates are talented, innovative and prepared to go that extra mile," Dr. Aspachs said. "We've been recruiting them for the last two years and we plan to continue to do so in the future as they have become key for the success of our projects."
Recruiters from La Caixa's Research Department on campus in March 2014: Oriol Aspachs, Director of the European Unit and Carlos Martínez Sarnago '12, Economist in the Financial Markets Unit
A reputation for providing qualified candidates
Approximately two thirds of all Barcelona GSE students plan to pursue professional careers after completing the master program (the others go on to PhD or other advanced graduate programs). In addition to on-campus recruiting opportunities, all students received regular announcements from recruiters who contact the Barcelona GSE requesting candidates with the right qualifications for challenging analytical jobs.
Bruegel think tank recruiters Erica Vihriala and Francesca Barbiero say that "Barcelona GSE graduates have shown to be technically skilled, driven and creative. The graduates we've hired have been integral to our research efforts at both a technical and analytical level."