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Mariam Katsanashvili

Alumni Story

Mariam Katsanashvili is a BBA/BIR program graduate, class of 2018. Currently, she is working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and she speaks four languages fluently. Mariam is passionate about singing, playing guitar and piano. She was an active member of the IEU Music Club, especially during her studies at the Segovia campus. “Coming to IE was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life” – says Mariam about her decision to study in Spain, a country which holds a special place in her heart.
Nationality

Georgian

Current Location

Tbilisi, Georgia

SPECIALITY

Second Category Senior Specialist at Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Program studied

BBA & BIR 2018

Q&A WITH MARIAM

How did your experience at IEU prepare you for your professional career?
One of the things that I loved the most during my time at IE is the focus on the practical approach of studying and I believe that this approach is what prepares IEU students so well for the working world.

Also, since the very first year of university, IEU Career Services and the professors put so much emphasis on the importance of completing summer internships, that after doing a couple of them, you are better exposed to the working process and obviously, better prepared for the post-graduation period.

What is the competitive advantage that studying at IEU provides or has provided you?
Good quality knowledge, great network, and the exposure to so many different cultures. The network definitely helps you in many different ways, especially during the job search. The huge variety of nationalities represented on the IEU campus gave me a unique opportunity to learn about different cultures, people, and their customs, it is something that is very hard to find elsewhere.

Do you have any advice for IEU students and alumni who are looking to pursue a career in international relations?
Work on and expand your network of people that work in the IR field. One of the best ways to achieve this is by starting internships, preferably from first year, and bear in mind that the best team of Career Services at IE is there to support you, if you feel a bit lost about the internship process in your first years of university.

What skills do you consider are needed to succeed in international relations?
I would say firstly analytical skills; you also need to be good with people, thus soft skills are essential in my opinion.

Tell us about the IEU alumni community and the impact they have had in your life and/or career.
The five years that I spent at IE; the people there definitely had a crucial impact on my life. That is where I developed as an individual and learned how to be an “adult.” Thanks to the IE community, I became more open-minded, learned to embrace opinions, and ways of living that were different from mine.

I also learned how to manage my time better and I had a chance to improve my emotional intelligence, and learned how to be better at understanding and working with people from different backgrounds and nationalities.

Why do you think it’s important to engage with the IEU alumni community?
The way I see the IEU alumni community is like a big family and as a member of that family, you have people nearly all over the world, living and working in some of the biggest companies ready to guide and assist you.

What skills would you recommend job seekers develop in order to make them more competitive in today’s workforce?
Determination, resilience, soft skills, and patience (essential during the job-hunting period).

What’s the best career advice you have ever been given?
Make sure you are passionate about your work and what you do, because when you are, the whole process becomes more enjoyable.

If someone was considering going to IEU, what would you tell them?
If you end up going to IE, you have the best years of your life ahead of you!

And if you are still hesitant, I would tell you to choose IE because of the good quality education this institution will provide you and you will be living in one of the best countries in the world, where people know how to enjoy life and thus, your university years will become even more memorable.

Why did you choose the Bachelor of International Relations at IE University?
I chose International Relations because I have always been passionate about history and politics and the reason why I chose IE was because of the broad and interesting study plan that this bachelor was offering its students.

What is one thing you wished you knew when you were a student?
University years are probably the best years of your life, so take more risks, learn, explore, enjoy, and most importantly do not take this time for granted!

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