IE University students meet with global recruiters from leading intergovernmental organizations

Madrid, January 2024. Global leading intergovernmental organizations presented their recruitment plans at the third Intergovernmental Organizations Day run by the IE University Talent and Careers team last week at the IE Tower in Madrid.

Students participating in IE University Bachelor and Master programs, who hail from 160 countries, met recruiters from top organizations to explore career options in International Relations and Development fields within the global multilateral system. The event prepared students for their professional future by detailing what these organizations are looking for in new hires and necessary skills for success.

“Initiatives like the Organizations Day help our students and graduates accelerate their careers in the intergovernmental world.”
Javier Garcia, Talent and Careers, IE University

“IE University is dedicated to nurturing global leaders who will make impactful contributions on the international stage”, Javier Garcia remarked.

The Intergovernmental Organizations Day started with the panel “Job market dynamics: Trends in IGOs job market trends” which included human resources professionals Michael Emery of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Deepti Pelluri of The Commonwealth Secretariat, and Gilles Guillard of The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

During their talk, the panelists provide students with a broader perspective from the world of international organizations and commented on the job market for today’s young graduates. For example, Mr. Emery from IOM advised that students should look for employment in industries and regions that are in the process of development, because “where money is being invested, jobs will follow.” Mr. Guillard, from EESC, followed up on this, mentioning that those organizations with older workforces approaching retirement will also be looking to hire new workers, thus opening up opportunities for dynamic and young talent. Ms. Pelluri from the Commonwealth, insisted in some key competences, and highlighted the importance of soft skills and the ability to train yourself continuously in the workplace in order to meet the constantly evolving demands of the future.

Other participating organizations included the World Bank Group, the European Central Bank (ECB), UNICEF, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Tourism, the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), the United Nations Road Safety Fund (UNRSF), the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL).

“Through these recruiting events, our students have direct contact with global recruiters on campus, learn about their recruitment plans, the profiles they need, and also receive guidance on the application processes. Networking is key to landing an opportunity and these initiatives are essential to accelerate our graduates’ careers”, explained Tammy Singer, one of the event organizers.

Moving forward, the IE Talent & Careers team is preparing for the MBA Talents Days in February and the Spring Career Forum in March.