Before beginning the Supply Chain Management programme at RSM, I worked as an account manager for an online platform, following a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from an American university. After two years of work, I decided it’s time for more studying. I developed an affinity towards Operations during my bachelor programme and decided to take that path more seriously.
The Supply Chain Management master at RSM seemed to me the best option at that time: very good rankings both within Europe and worldwide, and a great location which suited me from two perspectives – studying and living in Western Europe, and the Netherlands as a very well developed “logistics” country as it is Europe’s main harbor.
My time at RSM was exciting and challenging at the same time. I appreciated the proficiency and expertise of the professors, the guest lecturers which were quite inspiring, and the fact that theory could be easily reflected in practice. This is another reason why I chose the Supply Chain Master – its practicability. It is a subject that demands students to get close to businesses in both class projects and especially the final test: the master thesis.
Moreover, the multitude of companies around the port of Rotterdam offer students plenty of choices when it comes to applying theory to practice – perhaps a competitive advantage of this master which can turn into a career start in supply chain, logistics or operations. I personally did a practice-oriented thesis which was a good entry point into the world of logistics. The advantage of doing such research is not only that you can immediately see results at the end of the project but, in most cases, if the relationship between the company and the student is good, the research can lead to a full time job.
Radu Panciuc, Alumni Supply Chain Management (2012), currently Supply Chain Coordinator at Samsung Electronics.