Insights from a MSc student - Marina Arnaudova
Insights from a MSc student - Marina Arnaudova
Name: Marina Arnaudova
Programme: MSc Supply Chain Management
Home city: Varna, Bulgaria
Previous studies: BSc in International Business Administration at RSM
Why did you decide to do this MSc programme at RSM?
“I had several supply chain management (SCM) courses in my bachelor programme and found it extremely interesting. RSM’s SCM programme is one of the best for supply chain management in Europe, and even in the world. The curriculum covers the academic background and practical applications of SCM, and the professors encourage students to think outside of the box. I also like the atmosphere at the university, and Rotterdam offers numerous opportunities for cultural as well as career development.”
What are the biggest differences between your master and your previous bachelor studies?
“One of the biggest differences between my master and bachelor studies is how the programme is set and the overall curriculum. Compared to my bachelor, I now have many more contact hours with my professors. There’s less reading but more practical work now. I’m really interested in the SCM field though, so I don’t find it difficult to respect the weekly deadlines.”
What is the most impressive thing in the programme so far?
“I definitely found the engaging and entertaining representation of the course material impressive. Some professors, such as Prof. René de Koster, caught the attention of the whole class and explained the concepts with company examples from his own experience. Other professors created an interactive environment where students could engage in extensive discussions on the matter at hand. This aided the ease of learning within our programme and we, the students, managed to learn not only the academic concepts but also how to apply them in practice.”
What are your classmates like?
“In my previous education step, students were still discovering their field of interest. My fellow MSc students have a much clearer goal for the future. Their experiences with SCM makes them important contributors to class discussions. Also, students are strongly motivated to receive as much as possible from their year at RSM. This increases the overall motivation in the group, the level of engagement of the students in the courses, and extracurricular activities about supply chain management. Our class consists of students from different cultural backgrounds, which creates a diverse and friendly atmosphere where we can share experiences. We’ve become good friends and connect outside of the classroom too, for example for potluck dinners, the cinema, festivals and parties, as well as internationals trips.”
What is a normal day like at RSM?
“Usually our classes start in the morning and take three to four hours. We are most often divided in groups of 50-60 people which boosts the interaction in the class. We have a lot of group assignments so we see each other after class for lunch to start working on the topic for the week. Usually, the study breaks we spend over coffee in the campus food courts. The night is typically dedicated to sports activities or social dinners.”
What is life in Rotterdam like?
“Rotterdam is a great city to live in if you are a student or a young professional. Depending on your budget, the accommodation that you chose will vary. Usually, students share apartments which don’t exceed €500 per person per month. Rotterdam offers numerous opportunities to brighten up your day. There are numerous modern galleries and museums around the city. You’ll be mesmerized by the architecture and the city’s unique vibe. There are also, of course, different bars and clubs where you can spend your nights over the weekend.”
What do you like best about living in the Netherlands?
“I really like the numerous opportunities to connect with local and multinational companies. We not only work on cases together with companies, but also solve real practical problems within our assignments. Outside of the classroom we can attend various recruitment events provided by RSM student organisations. This provides amazing networking opportunities for students to learn more about the SCM business environment and even find a future employer.”
What advice would you give to future MSc students?
“Participate in various extracurricular activities that may help for your carrier development. There are lots of career events, committees and student organisations that you can join. Also, enrolling in a language class will definitely upgrade your skills. Even though there are various multinational companies and everyone in the Netherlands speaks English, it would have been handy if I started a Dutch language course parallel to my studies as it would have broadened the scope of my career opportunities in the country.”
After the MSc programme, what does the future hold?
“I’m looking forward to starting a traineeship or graduate programme in the SCM department of one of the multinational companies situated in the Netherlands. Since I’m interested in shipping and synchromodal transportation, hopefully my future employer will be connected with the port of Rotterdam. So, I’ll start looking for a position in Rotterdam and then expand my search. Hopefully, I’ll become part of the successful RSM MSc SCM alumni!”