We interviewed International Master in Finance alumna Estefanía Redondo to find out about what she has been doing since graduation. Estefanía is from Mexico and holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration. She is currently part of the Graduate program for Prysmian Group in Southern Europe. Prysmian Group is a global leader in the cable systems industry based in Italy.
Tell us a bit about your current position as part of the Graduate program at Prysmian Group.
This first year in the graduate programme, I rotate to get the opportunity to work in different areas of the company such as R&D, commercial and manufacturing. Currently, I’m working in the finance department with the controlling team for different business units.
After the first year, I will have the opportunity to start my international assignment, which consists of three years abroad working in one of the main areas of the company.
What is the most challenging part of your current position? And the most rewarding?
The most challenging part is the constant change, because every day I am doing something different with different people. This can be sometimes overwhelming, but is also the most rewarding part of the job because I work with people with different backgrounds and ideas and I am always learning something interesting.
How do you use what you learned at EADA in your current position?
For me, what I learned at EADA was the starting point for my career in finance. The people that I got to know at EADA –not just other students, but the professors and wider community– were always there to support and guide me. The CFA research challenge was particularly helpful in preparing me to work in a challenging environment and develop my skills to the fullest. EADA not only provided me with an overview of the finance world, but also helped me realise what I wanted to do next.
How important are soft skills in your position?
In my current position, I work with different people in diverse teams and having soft skills allows me to communicate my ideas and work effectively.
The leadership modules in EADA’s Residential Training Campus taught me that soft skills are just as important as technical knowledge. The outdoor training activities provided the perfect moment to bond, have fun and do some networking with other International Master participants.
What advice would you give to students interested in getting into corporate finance?
Make the most out of this opportunity, join as many activities as you can, talk to as many people as you can, and especially enjoy – this is a unique opportunity.