First and Foremost…Happy Valentine’s Day! I am sending you virtual kisses to get through this cliché holiday.
But first things first… I have to confess that the deed is DONE and there is no turning back. If you are scratching your head and wondering what I am talking about check out my “What’s Good: January” post. Back to the story, I am so happy with my decision to discover greener pastures… as I have finally decided where to go. Say WHAT!?! Yes!! I have left the urban life of Pamplona and traded it in for my cosmopolitan best friend. Want to know more?
My bags were packed, tickets bought and I was 100% sure Barcelona was in my forecast. I had accepted the offer and even began working with the share holders until…HOLD UP WAIT A MINUTE! Did someone say the IE Business School? Yes! The same IE that I had interviewed multiple times and just never made the cut. Yup…that one! By now I figured my dream of joining the IE team was long gone and waving to me out the window but at least I had made some great contacts…BUT 2017 had other plans for me! Talk about my Goals & Dreams for 2017 coming into action. Thank you universe; this time you delivered and BIG! Sidenote: Who would have thought right? “Not I” said Doris!
Two companies one BIG decision
So what was a girl to do? On one hand I had a VERY interesting and promising start-up project in a Barcelona with one of the best executive positions a girl could ask for and on the other hand I had an entry level job offer with “THE COMPANY” that I have been dying (and trying) to work with for the last 3 years in my precious city of Madrid. It really should have been a no-brainer right? Well, it wasn’t. I was between a rock and a hard place; should I decide on a better job placement or the stability of a great company? In my ideology, there is a thin line between humbling and hindering my career path… I knew I had to make an important decision and someone had to lose. BUT NOT THIS GIRL!
Once my decision was done, the hardest part was breaking the news to the other company. Situations like these are never a pretty picture. However I am a person who strongly believes in preserving relationships. This meant I had to figure out the best wait to break this news without burning any bridges along the way. Trust me, the person on the other end will appreciate you for it in the future. Dont get me wrong I was absolute terrified of this part, but after some intermediate thought process I decided a phone call was necessary in this specific case. I explained my situation, thanked the employer for the opportunity and offered another candidate for the position. As simple as that!
Welcome to the Capital, Baby!
Now for the good news! So lets fast-forward to today, shall we? I am currently loving my return to the Spanish city that never sleeps….MADRID! I started with the IE last week (on my birthday) Yes…I know you are throwing your hands up like “Wait, What?” Well, why NOT my birthday? It’s a date that I will remember, plus I found this a suitable gift worth celebrating.
BUT WAIT there’s more…
Once I arrived to the office I was introduced to my company team, who then surprised me with flowers, treated to empanadas, chips and of course chocolate cake. Yummy! I could soo get used to this. Talk about a great first day, full of surprises! It was such a beautiful gesture especially for an employee who JUST arrived to the company. Thanks IE!
Okay so I am not going to drag this story out any longer but can I just confess we (IE and myself) are a “match made in company heaven”. In the cliché that it sounds I am truly ecstatic to be apart of an international organization that celebrates and appreciates its employees (and enjoys my enthusiasm to join their team). Can we say #WINNING??