Archivo del September, 2012

If I were unemployed

I was recently asked by a journalist what I would do if I were unemployed. That’s not an easy question to answer, especially in Spain, where the unemployment rate affects more than 20% of the active population. Here is what I told him.

If I were unemployed, I would ask for advice from my family and closest friends and would find out about the tools that could help me to track down the best opportunities.

I would ask for solidarity with the people that are unemployed and would be sensitive about the social consequences unemployment involves for families.

I would set myself a clear goal. Some people have found that the solution has been to pursue their unfulfilled dreams, while others have found that the way ahead was to become entrepreneurs and start up their own businesses. Clear goals are at the core of great achievements.

I would also try to use this period to pursue further academic training to enhance my career.

I would try to find people who are in a similar situation and develop our creativity to find a solution together.

If I were unemployed, the last thing I would do is try to play the hero and go through this period alone.

When someone spends months, or even years, out of work, it’s easy for them to feel down. If I were unemployed, I would try not to lose confidence in myself. I would try to find the right environment in which to regain trust in myself. And I’d try to remember that if I didn’t find a job, it doesn’t mean it’s my fault.

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New hope for cancer patients

This week I made a long-distance call to the Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York, that was full of hope. The person on the other side of the line was Josep Domingo Domenech, a graduate of ESADE’s Hospital Management Programme (DSIS, 2004). Josep (pictured, right) and his colleague Carlos Cordón-Cardo (left) have just made a crucial discovery that brings new hope to cancer patients. They have identified a new type of cancer stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy in prostate cancer patients. These are big words—the discovery could be the Achilles’ heel of cancer.

cancer two1 300x224 New hope for cancer patientsThis kind of news is an honour for ESADE because it reflects the diversity of our alumni and their commitment to excellence. Josep has chosen to dedicate his life to improving people’s health. He told me that his training at ESADE helped him to broaden his management skills, which are very important for researchers. His work highlights the importance of training innovative and socially responsible leaders that strive for a better future. Congratulations, Josep.

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