Barcelona GSE Consulting Day brings top European recruiters to meet Master’s students

Recruiter speaking with Barcelona GSE students during a case study

Over 130 Master’s students from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and more than 30 recruiters from top consulting companies around Europe participated in Consulting Day 2017, organized by Barcelona GSE Career Services on October 23 at Ciutadella Campus (UPF).

The Consulting Day gave Barcelona GSE Master’s students the opportunity to explore many aspects of the consulting world in a productive, one-day format. The agenda included:

  • An opening panel discussion with Barcelona GSE Alumni who are working in firms specialized in economics, finance, data analytics, or strategy, moderated by Prof. Teresa Garcia-Milà (UPF and Director of the Barcelona GSE).
  • Presentations by 14 companies from Barcelona, London, and Madrid
  • Small group case studies
  • Discussion of hot industry topics
  • A closing panel with competition experts and Alumni to discuss market trends and needs, moderated by Prof. Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE, former Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition)

Companies that participated in Barcelona GSE Consulting Day 2017

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Master's students could speak directly with recruiters and alumni to get an understanding of the various career paths that different consulting companies offer. This will help them with their job search and when deciding between offers later on.

For recruiters, the event provided access to a pool of candidates from 54 different countries (86% of students coming from outside Spain). Recruiters had the chance to present their companies as well as specific full-time jobs, graduate programs and internship opportunities for professionals with a Master’s degree in Economics, Finance, or Data Science.

“We consider the Barcelona GSE to be one of the point sources of candidates for our company,” said Enric Farguell, Senior Manager of Data Science at EY Barcelona.

EY recruiter speaking to Barcelona GSE Master's students

The Consulting Day agenda included a full schedule of presentations, panels, case studies, and other workshops with more than 30 international recruiters from top firms in some of the most desired locations for Barcelona GSE Master’s graduates.

Several of the recruiters and speakers who came to participate in the Consulting Day are themselves Barcelona GSE Alumni. Students had the chance to hear directly from the alumni about their experiences working in the consulting industry, and to see how their Master’s studies are valued across the sector.

“Without the Barcelona GSE Master’s degree, I wouldn’t be able to do the job I am doing right now,” said Irina Berezkina (Finance ’12), who is now a Corporate Finance Consultant with Oxera in London. “It basically helped to kickstart my career.”

Alumna Irina Berezkina talks to Barcelona GSE Master's students

Alumni speakers and recruiters at Consulting Day 2017

  • Irina Berezkina (Finance ’12)
    Corporate Finance Consultant
    Oxera, London
  • Bennet Berger (Economics ’15)
    Research Analyst
    The Brattle Group, London
  • Carlos de Sousa (Macroeconomics Policy and Financial Markets ’12)
    Senior Economist
    Oxford Economics, London
  • Annalena Hagenauer (Economics '15)
    Economic Analyst
    NERA Economic Consulting, London
  • Natalia Losurdo (Competition and Market Regulation ’17)
    Consulting Associate
    Charles Rivers Associates (CRA), London
  • Ezgi Kurt (Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets ’15)
    Now Casting, London
  • Francisco Penas (Competition and Market Regulation ’16)
    RBB Economics, Madrid
  • Ferenc Pető (Competition and Market Regulation ’11)
    Compass Lexecon, London
  • Valerio Sodano (Competition and Market Regulation ’13)
    Senior Associate
    RBB Economics, Madrid
  • Luigi Stammati (Economics of Public Policy ’15)
    Frontier Economics, Madrid
  • Bruno Vidal Boyer (Competition and Market Regulation ‘13)
    Senior Economist
    Compass Lexecon, Madrid

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