08 May 2024

Irene Yagüe Sancho & Karine Gourlet: Young Professionals in IHE today

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There you are, a young professional within the field of international higher education. Perhaps you're just starting out in a new role, or maybe you already have a few years of experience within the sector, with ideas and ambitions for your future career. In these cases, it's always helpful to have someone to guide you or to meet people who find themselves in the same situation. What do you find rewarding about your work? What challenges or struggles are you or your fellow young professional colleagues facing and how are you handling these? What role do physical and mental well-being play in your professional life? What pieces of advice are you seeking or willing to share?

In this episode of the EAIE podcast, host Laura Rumbley talks to two young international education professionals. Irene Yagüe Sancho works as the Associate Director at the IE Center for Health & Well-being in Madrid, Spain, and Karine Gourlet works as the International Mobility Manager at CESI Graduate School of Engineering, France. These two young professional women tell us about their journey into the field, the challenges they encountered along the way, and their advice for other young professionals. Be sure to tune in!


About Irene Yagüe Sancho

Irene Yagüe Sancho is the Associate Director at the IE Center for Health & Well-being, where she passionately spearheads initiatives aimed at fostering holistic growth and well-being among students, staff and faculty. With a trilingual master's degree in international relations with a focus on Culture & Education from the Institut National Universitaire Jean-François Champollion (France), she leverages her expertise in crafting and executing innovative academic programs tailored to the global landscape of higher education.

About Karine Gourlet 

Karine Gourlet works as International Mobility Manager at CESI Graduate School of Engineering, France. She obtained her Master’s degree in International Management with a specialisation in European Projects at the University of Picardie Jules Verne, and started working within the international higher education field in 2017. She has been working for the CESI Graduate School of Engineering for several years, starting out as an international relations assistant at the head office in Paris. These days, she organises and manages international students and staff mobilities and coordinates the community of international relations officers of the 25 CESI campuses in France.

Additional Resources

For further insights into the topics touched on in this episode, the following resources may be of interest:
 IE Center for Health and Well-Being
 EAIE Young Professional membership
→ Alejandra Vicencio & Frank Ziegele: That first job in international education


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