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Lupita Prada Jiménez

Alumni Story

Lupita is a passionate, organized and proactive professional with experience in international affairs, human rights, and investment and cooperation in the public and private sectors. She has great interest in diplomacy, and especially in how more women can enter this traditionally male-dominated field. Lupita aspires to become a career diplomat in her home country, Colombia. She has always felt this calling, from a very young age, to help her country move forward and become better for the future. She studied a dual degree in Law and International Relations at IE University, and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Organizations in CEI International Affairs - University of Barcelona. She has worked at the Organization of American States, the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and she will soon begin working in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. She enjoys going to the cinema, trying new foods from different countries, learning about new fashion trends, and travelling.
Nationality

Colombian

Current Location

Madrid, Spain

SPECIALITY

Intern at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Program studied

LLB & BIR 2020

Q&A WITH LUPITA

What three words would you use to describe an IEU alumni:
Dynamic, independent and specifically for the class of 2020, resilient.

How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional career?
Studying the dual degree in Law and International Relations opened many career paths for me and gave me all the tools to understand the professional sphere I am working in. But besides that, IE gave me connections and friendships from all over the world, which is especially important for people like me, who are seeking a career in diplomacy.

Could you tell us about how you got your current role?
As a part of my Master’s degree in Diplomacy, I have to complete an internship in the field. I applied to the Ministry and was selected to collaborate with Ambassador H.E Ramón Blecua, Ambassador at Large for Mediation and Intercultural Dialogue. It has been an extremely interesting experience in the field of mediation.

Do you have any advice for IEU students and alumni who are looking to pursue a career in international relations?
I would tell them to always have in mind the importance of networking. Whenever they go to an event, even if it’s something as simple as a dinner or a coffee, they should be prepared to meet new people! People are the essence and center of any job, but even more so in International Relations. It is important to be able to establish genuine and enriching relationships!
Another piece of advice would be to always be empathetic and diplomatic when hearing others’ opinions and/or expressing your own. As you meet new people in the field of IR, you realize that not many will think the same way as you do. Nevertheless, it is still possible to have a good relationship with them if you are empathetic. Sometimes having uncomfortable discussions can be distressing, but if you hold respect and tact above all, it is possible to get through!

What skills do you consider are needed to succeed in international relations?
Public relations, languages, respect, and empathy.

Tell us about the IEU alumni community and the impact they have had in your life and/or career.
I look up to many of my fellow classmates and other IE Alumni. Many of them have done incredible things that inspire me and make me want to continue chasing my dreams. I can think about many of my fellow female alumni who have broken a great amount of glass ceilings, and have become important members of their professional communities. I can also think of many entrepreneurs who have dared and risked many things to become successful. I also find inspiration amongst the alumni who have done great community service or engaged in initiatives that have changed lives.

Why do you think it’s important to engage with the IEU alumni community?
As I said before, one of the greatest things I obtained at IE besides my dual degree, are the relationships. It’s not only about building relationships but also maintaining them. You never know, especially in international relations, where you will be going next and when you might need a hand. Secondly, we should engage with other alumni because many of them are true sources of inspiration, as I mentioned above. I look up to many of my classmates that have done wonderful things since graduation, and they are a true inspiration to continue working towards my dreams.

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
To enjoy everything I do, no matter how big or small. In other words, that attitude is key. The way you think about things can greatly influence the way you perform in them!

If someone was considering going to IEU, what would you tell them?
I would tell them to not think about it twice! IE is an excellent university in terms of academics, and the best thing about IE is not even that…it’s the experience of living in Spain and of meeting people from so many different backgrounds. Another thing I think is great about IE is that all degrees prepare you to build an extremely competitive professional profile. All degrees offer practical experience with top practitioners from different spheres and backgrounds, and that is something not many universities offer!

Why did you choose the Dual Degree Law and International Relations at IE University?
At first I started studying only the degree in International Relations, but I switched to the dual degree because I realized that, in order to go into the field of diplomacy, a background of Law is extremely necessary. My years in the field have proven this to be true!

If you had a billboard you could display to the entire world, what would it say?
Women can, and should! 

What is one thing you wished you knew, when you were a student?
That everything comes at the right time and at the right place! That I should be patient and live the moment!

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