Archive for the ‘Diary of a MIR Student’ Category

11
Jun

3 weeks left…

3 weeks to go! I have really enjoyed my time here in Madrid and consider it perhaps the best year of my life. I have already accepted that my time here will soon come to an end and I am doing my best to see all of my friends here and enjoy my life here as much as possible before I go.

I am still considering many options concerning jobs. I am weighing factors such as position, pay, lifestyle, location, language, friends, and family.

Regardless of what I end up doing and where I end up going, I will always remember and be grateful for my year in Madrid at IE Business School.

4
Jun

Jobs…

I went to London last weekend to check out the city and future possibilities. The reason for going was business, but I did enjoy myself some as well. I have friends there, and we chose to have dinner on the 32nd floor of a hotel building with a spectacular view. We also went to Richmond, a small town located just outside of London with a relaxing environment and a beautiful country scenery.

We finished the last term on Tuesday and we have already begun with the elective period. We have 4 courses and each of my four I find interesting. But still, my priority lies in landing a good job. I have been interviewing quite a bit and I´m weighing my options carefully. I still want to work in London, but because of the visa issue, I am beginning to realize I may have to go back to the U.S.  I will continue to try my best to stay and work over here, however, because I am not ready to leave my friends and my life that I have here.

We have just over a month left in the program…

28
May

Already looking beyond…

Last weekend flew by! I had someone visiting me with whom I always enjoy and appreciate every second; and so with that person, time accelerates.

We went to Penthouse (an outdoor, rooftop lounge) Friday night and I invited some friends from my previous master at IE, along with some U.S. Navy Seals I know from the American Embassy here in Madrid. It was good to see my old classmates, and the U.S. Navy Seals are a special breed and thus always an exciting change of pace. Saturday night we went to El Mercado San Miguel and to get ice cream. Overall, it was a very relaxing weekend.

I´m trying to stay in Europe and I believe my best bet is London because of the common language. There are a couple of job possibilities there and so I am traveling there this weekend to check everything out. I have only been to London once and I feel it would be good to see and experience the city again.

This week, though, is a terrible week! It´s finals week and we have several essays and finals; and so I better go work…

21
May

Summer finally came!

I was told today that applying for jobs was like a job – it is worse! I spend, on average, a few hours a day applying for jobs; and as a consequence, my grades will probably reflect that my focus was elsewhere this semester.

The Madrid sun, heat, and long daylight hours finally arrived and it was long awaited. Summer here is fantastic and we are kicking it off by going to an outdoor lounge this Friday called Penthouse. It´s on top of the roof on a hotel in the center of the city and has an incredible view. Although many people are out of town this week, many others should still show and it will, as always, be nice to see many of us together.

Well, since this is an intense semester, we have presentations rather often, including tomorrow. Thus, I must go prepare for it…

14
May

The End of Another Semester

I had an incredible time last weekend in Barcelona. I did a lot: I went to Parque Guell, La Sagrada Familia, the beach, the park, and out to eat several times. I enjoyed every second of it!

I am, however, a little behind since I didn´t work over the weekend and so I spent the past week working to catch up. We only have 2 more weeks in the semester; thus, we are experiencing a busy time with school work.

And in addition to school, applying for jobs is also quite time/energy consuming. Certainly, because of the economic situation, it is not the best time to graduate and to look for a job; but I am confident that there is a fit for me somewhere in some company.

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