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Eduardo López-Villalta and Ester Somolinos (FETÉN)

Eduardo López-Villalta and Ester Somolinos (FETÉN) Eduardo López-Villalta and Ester Somolinos (FETÉN)

QUESTION: What degree have you studied at the URJC and what was the reason?


Ester: I studied the Master in Project Management at the URJC, since the degree fell short and I needed to complete my training in Protocol and Organization of Events, in order to be able to lead projects that I wanted to focus on.

Eduardo: For my part, I studied the Double Degree in Business Administration and Law. In my case I have always been an enterprising soul. ADE considered that it could give me something interesting, that could serve as a basis for knowing the world I would face later. And Law was a complement that, to this day, has come in handy for everything that is the legal structure of the company.

Q: What led you to study at the URJC?  

Ester: At that time I was working in Ibiza and studying remotely promised me a lot of flexibility. He could combine work with academics. It was a way to complement my knowledge and develop my professional life.

Eduardo: The fact that it was a public university was very interesting, I came from two private schools and I turned 18 wanting to really know the world. Also, the URJC was very modern, new, with up-to-date facilities. At the location level, I studied in Vicálvaro and I got along quite well.

Q: Would you change anything about your time at URJC?

Ester: Both the tutors I had and the degree program gave me a lot of flexibility. Everything was very personalized when choosing tutorials. I was working at my own pace, which was what I needed at the time. They were very focused and aware of the situation, so I think it would not change anything...

Eduardo: I have never asked myself this question. I would change my course for Administrative Law. I still remember some other teacher...

Q: What did graduating mean to you?

Ester: For me it meant completing a stage. It was the complement to start my projects, to be able to manage them myself, in short, to be more autonomous in all the knowledge I had acquired both in studies and in the exercise of my work.

Eduardo: For me, graduating was fulfilling a challenge. Getting training that gave me a knowledge base to know what I was going to face when I went out into the real world. It meant a success in my life and also felt that I was closing a stage.

Q: Was it easy to find a job after finishing your studies?

Ester: I was already working when I took my Master's degree. I joined the internships of the degree with work, because right after finishing them they offered me a job.

Eduardo: My case is similar. I went on Erasmus in my third year to Paris where I did an internship in marketing at UNESCO, and in my fourth year, I did an internship again at the Spanish Consulate in Paris, in the legal field. Already in my fifth year I started my internship at Banco Santander and I stayed for a year, this being the moment in which I finished university. For the next professional experience, which was at British American Tobacco, I had already finished my degree. I realized that the Double Degree in Business Administration and Law is a career that is very well accepted, and that it gives you a solid training experience.  

Q: How did the idea of ​​creating your own business come about?

Eduardo: It emerged in full confinement. Taking advantage of those months we did many things that we had put aside, on a personal level, above all. And among them is going back and/or starting to take care of our skin. In my case, I had never done it before, I came into contact with this sector and I realized that there could be something interesting. I felt like doing something and had the time to think about it. We met in Yunquera de Henares, our families are from here, and that summer we went "crazy" with the idea of ​​what could be done. At the beginning of October 2020 we sat down to see the feasibility of the project and we finally launched it in March 2021.

Q: Tell us a little more about your project.

Eduardo: Fetén is a way of seeing life. The word is a word that comes from the caló, from the gypsy, and that means the stupendous, the excellent, the most. We are not only putting a product on the market, but we are bringing the emotion that a man can take care of himself, breaking all the taboos and clichés of the past, that he feels better and lives in a more authentic way. Enjoy life fetén. That is the spirit of what we come to say. For this we have created certain products and routines, which respond to the main care needs of men such as: fatigue, dehydration, etc. and then specific problems such as dark circles, bags, wrinkles, blackheads...

Q: How do you imagine yourself professionally in five years?

Eduardo: With the offices set up, with a great team, and in a multinational environment. We've been featured in Forbes and major media outlets, so I think we can safely say that. We want to create a big project, capable of changing the rules of the game. In addition, we see ourselves in a future with greater diversity of products and solutions, working on innovation... We want to build a lovemark that is his ideal for man.

Q: Do you plan to continue studying soon?

Ester: We don't have much time. But it is true that I believe that in the end training is always necessary and above all in the world we live in, which is in full movement. Being able to study is surely not something that we think about in the short term, but I think that in the medium term we will look for it.

Eduardo: Right now we are beginning to lay the first stones to generate new capital in the future and we have never done this ourselves. In the end you end up training, but you try to do it in an operational way, relying on people who are experts in the field and who can give you a cable.

We know that we have thousands of areas for improvement in which we would like to train, what we have to achieve is to grow the team, get more time and later incorporate training plans.

Q: Would you value doing it again at our university?

Ester and Eduardo: Of course.

Q: As an Alumni of the URJC, what advice would you give to students who are finishing their studies at this university?

Ester: Above all, make the most of the moment. The university is a point of convergence, to enjoy that personal moment and take advantage of the relationships you build with teachers and students, which can help you.

Eduardo: For me, I think it would be two things: on the one hand, my advice is to keep your eyes wide open, what you have done at the university is not going to be what you are going to be in the future. In the professional scene you face everything as a novelty. For me, the university is a space for theoretical knowledge and also for personal development.

My other suggestion is that they encourage effort coupled with purpose. I think that new technologies, digital and immediacy are being worked on more and more, which is causing people to lose the vision of the purpose. Surely at the university you are making the effort to reconnect people with what they really want to be.