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Barbara Iturralde Holguin

Alumni Story

Barbara is a savvy HR expert who completed both her undergraduate degree and master’s at IE University. Barbara will leverage her experience in her new position in Quito, Ecuador as a Senior Associate Human Capital Consultant at PwC.

Senior Associate Human Capital Consultant at PwC



Current Location

Quito, Ecuador


How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional career?
Since the first semester, the Careers Department contacted us personally and gave a very personalized service to each student. It was an extensive process, in which we had the opportunity to improve our CV, LinkedIn profile, and enhance our networking skills.

What is the competitive advantage that studying at IEU provides or has provided you?
IE is recognized worldwide; therefore, plenty of companies look for candidates that are IE alumni. It is a prestigious university and students are highly valued in the market.

Do you have any advice for IEU students and alumni who are looking to pursue a career in HR?
It is vital to improve your networking skills and look for contacts. Ensure that you are constantly keeping up-to-date with new trending topics and job opportunities.

What skills do you consider are needed to succeed in HR?
The four most important skills to succeed in HR are:

  • Effective Communication
  • Organization
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Social Skills

Tell us about the IEU alumni community and the impact they have had in your life and/or career
I am an IE alumni (Undergraduate and Master), all my friends have become amazing contacts professionally and a door that opens various opportunities in many different countries.

What skills would you recommend job seekers develop in order to make them more competitive in today’s workforce?

  • Networking
  • Social media platforms
  • The use of psychometric tests
  • Competency-based interviews
  • Measure soft skills

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
It is very important to have a clear CV with continued work experience, try not to jump from one job to another too often. It is better to have less work experience in different companies, than too many, as it can give a false perception of instability.

If someone was considering going to IEU, what would you tell them?
That is the best decision they can make. It is an amazing opportunity professionally and personally. It gives you a variety of opportunities and great friends from all around the world.