Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. I have seven years’ experience in HR. I am CIPD qualified, hold a businessdegree and am half way through an executive MBA. I am looking to relocate toSpain next year, and hope to continue in HR. As I don’t speak Spanish, I’mthinking of doing voluntary work over there for six months prior to applyingfor an HR job. Could this approach work against me if I take so much time out?Also, I thought an MBA would be useful for working towards a board levelposition. But Personnel Today’s recent article on MBAs gave me some concernsand I now wonder if I should invest my funds into learning Spanish instead. Peter Sell, joint managing director, DMS consultancy As you are half way through the MBA, it would be a shame to waste the time,cost and effort by stopping now. An MBA is a very useful qualification for acareer in business or HR. It is also recognised inter-nationally, althoughthere is more emphasis on where you studied than with other qualifications. You said you are looking to overcome the language barrier before working inSpain. This need not be sacrificed for the MBA. The cost of a language courseis far less than the investment in an MBA and will be invaluable in your futurecareer. With regard to your proposed six months of voluntary work, this is agood idea. It will give you the opportunity to establish yourself in a newcountry and will improve your language skills. Victoria Wall, managing director, Victoria Wall Associates You have taken a lot of time to plan your next career move and choice ofcountry location; this alone shows your commit-ment. It is likely thatpotential employers in Spain will be fascinated by your mix of public andcommercial sector HR experi-ence coupled with the UK’s leading profess-ional HRqualification. Taking six months out to do voluntary work will not have a negative affecton your CV. On the contrary, most companies will see this as a much morebeneficial way of learning Spanish and understanding their culture. You are correct in thinking that potential employers in Europe may value anMBA more than employers in the UK. In Spain, it is considered a vitalqualification for senior managers, and is well respected. I would not be overly concerned about the recent article you refer to. InSpain, an MBA will enable you to justify how you are able to move into seniormanagement by truly combining real experience with theory. I suggest you continue to study your MBA and learn the Spanish languagethrough the voluntary work route. Good luck. Philip Spencer, consultant, Macmillan Davies Hodes Your initial assumption regarding an MBA is correct. It is a well respectedand recog-nised qualification both here in the UK and across Europe, and canset you apart from other candidates when seeking a new role. Given you are half way through your MBA, I would certainly suggest youfinish your studies and gain the qualification. Clients are seeking prospectiveemployees with strong technical HR skills, but also a sound strategic andcommercial awareness. This is where the MBA will supplement your CIPDqualification and seven years’ experience. I would suggest you develop your understanding of Spanish prior todeparting. I agree you need to gain exposure to a business environment asquickly as possible on arrival as business Spanish is very different toconversational Spanish. Voluntary work is a possible solution and maybe you cangain some experience in an HR function, as this will expose you to local issuesand legislation. Take time to study local HR legislation and its interpretation. This maymean embarking on a short-term course, and I am sure the CIPD will be able toprovide you with information regarding such courses. An alternative is to directly approach UK organisations with a presence inSpain. You have nothing to lose and such organisations may consider offeringyou a role. Would MBA be useful in Spain?On 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Dear Editor:Who was the man who rounded up all of the young children in our neighborhood on 43rd street in North Bergen in the early 1960s? He loaded us into the back of his truck and took us all out for ice-cream.I was only 7 or 8 years old and I didn’t know the man, but my father must have, because he let me go. My 9 year old brother was too shy to come along. The memory has always stuck with me because it was such a nice thing for a grown-up to do. We children had the time of our lives an unexpected thrill on a truck ride with all of our friends and a grown up doing suck a nice thing, treating us to ice-cream.The shy brother turned out to be outgoing, and I’m a hermit-type, too scared to make conversation at a cocktail party, but I still wonder, over five decades later — who was that man? Susan Victoria