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Jacob Lunden-Welden

Alumni Story

Jacob joined the IE family in 2014 as an undergraduate studying BBA. After the 4 fantastic years at IE, he graduated with honors and joined Darwinex as a Finance Analyst. After some time, he moved to Dublin to join the job platform Indeed as an Account Executive and is working hard to Help People Get Jobs.
POSITION

Account Executive at Indeed

Nationality

Swedish

Program studied

BBA, 2018

Current Location

Dublin, Ireland

Q&A WITH JACOB

Could you tell us about the application process and how you got your current role?
My girlfriend got a job with Salesforce and so we decided to move to Dublin. As I didn’t have a job I contacted my network and got an interview with LinkedIn, Meltwater, and Indeed. There are many IE alumni with LinkedIn so just contact them. They are very helpful and LinkedIn has an excellent graduate program. However, I got connected with Indeed through a local recruitment agency that I contacted as I knew that my Swedish would make it very easy for them to place me. Within a month I had been coached about how Indeed do their interviews and what they like to hear, then I did my interviews and had a job offer. Do not underestimate recruitment firms.

Why do you think it’s important for you to engage with the IEU alumni community?
This is the easiest way to get your foot in the door and be able to at least have a conversation with a recruiter for the company. The IE Alumni community is very friendly and will really help you along the way.

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
Learn your languages. It is the biggest differentiator.

What advice would you give to IE alumni who are looking for a job or looking to change jobs?
Look in more than just one place. LinkedIn is a fantastic platform, but it has its limitations and perhaps your favorite company is active on a different website.

What skills would you recommend job seekers develop in order to make them more competitive in today’s workforce?
I’m a big advocate of language because it is really the only way I’ve gotten a job, both in Madrid, Malaga, and in Dublin. Now, learning a new language isn’t always the easiest, so what I recommend is to look for the tools that the job description says you should know, like SQL and Tableau, and take a quick crash course in these tools so that you can put that on your CV. Basic SQL and Tableau can be learned in a month, so take this time now to learn these skills that you can put on your CV.

Also, be honest with the skills that you put on your CV. Writing Microsoft Office as a skill really isn’t that impressive anymore. So, unless the job description for the job you want to apply to specifically state that it is needed, you can probably leave it aside. However, that being said, Microsoft Office is a lot more than just being able to use PowerPoint. Take a course to really become an expert in these tools. Excel is a great example. Many people are absolutely clueless about Excel and so really being an expert with modeling and forecasting using excel can be a strong tool to learn. However, saying that you know how to do a vlookup for most companies is irrelevant.

How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional career?
It was fantastic for me because most of the start-ups in Spain and Madrid have IE alumni as founders or managers so they really help you get in. My first 2 jobs, my managers were linked with IE and hired me as they understood what I should know by now. It was a big help to get me started in my professional life.

What is the competitive advantage that studying at IEU provides or has provided you?
We are a small school but with a big reach. There are alumni in nearly every big company.

If someone was considering going to IEU, what would you tell them?
Please do it, the opportunities after finishing school are really really big and you will be part of a nice and friendly alumni family that is far more helpful than most alumni communities.

Does IE’s alumni network help when it comes to job searching?
Most of the IE alumni that I have come across have been very helpful. Please remember that most companies will have referral programs with cash rewards so it is within their interest to listen to you and help you. So, do not be scared or shy to contact alumni in all the companies and get talking to them. Most countries will have a local alumni chapter as well so even if they do not work within the company they can easily direct you to someone who at least knows someone who can help you.

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