Last job title: Product manager at ING Bank
Previous degree: Bachelor in Computer Science at Politehnica University of Bucharest
Why did you choose RSM for your MBA?
“RSM has an international exposure and is well-known as one of the best business schools in Europe. I also looked at the quality of its faculty members’ research. I felt that they would inspire me and give me new perspectives and knowledge about the business environment. I also wanted to continue to live and work in the Netherlands, so RSM’s MBA keeps me close to opportunities there.”
What has been the most challenging assignment or activity?
“It’s tough to deliver assignments within the tight deadlines. It’s difficult to plan everything, and work with people with different backgrounds. Business statistics was challenging, but it was interesting to translate my existing mindset into real-life situations.”
How has the Personal Leadership Development Programme (PLD) affected you?
“It makes you more aware of how you and others think, and what drives people. It also helps my conscience level when working towards a goal. I enjoyed the session about new concepts of social networks, for example heterarchy, an organisational structure of connected hierarchies. We have to change our perception about organisation in order to adapt to new structures.”
Do you notice different cultural approaches to working within global teams?
“The combination of nationalities, work experience and age differences is interesting. In our previous jobs, we didn’t work with people from such different working environments and cultures. The way teams represent people from several continents brings different cultural approaches during team meetings. Some people are used to working independently, while in other cultures it’s common to work with people in their environment, for example with family members or co-workers. This really prepares us for challenges after the MBA when working in global companies.”
Can you define the 'RSM MBA experience'?
“In addition to the high-level academic environment, so much happens on and off campus. I think the Personal Leadership Development programme is really interesting, I don’t think other MBA programmes offer this on this level. RSM also offers a lot of specialisations, for example to learn more about entrepreneurship or sustainability.”
What transformation in your professional life are you hoping to achieve from completing the full-time MBA?
“I hope I can move faster in my career than I would have without the MBA. RSM gives us the opportunity to give names to concepts that we know from previous work experiences. We were doing things without realising that they actually have a name. This helps recognise situations faster and react accordingly. I hope that my leadership skills will enable me to be a more effective manager.”
What advice would you give to others to make the most of their MBA experience?
“Try to be very active from the beginning in RSM’s campus groups and our social media groups. There’s even a Facebook group for the MBA Class of 2017 which hasn’t even started studies yet. They can already share experiences and get information from participants in my class.”
How do you feel about living in Rotterdam/the Netherlands?
“I lived in Amsterdam for six years, so I’m familiar with the Dutch culture. Now living in Rotterdam, it’s interesting to see the differences between these two cities even though they aren’t far apart. Amsterdam has an old city feeling, while Rotterdam is modern and fast-moving. It’s also very easy to travel around.”
After the full-time MBA, what does the future hold?
“Some people already have straight-forward plans. I can’t really say what the future holds. I was managing budget, but after the MBA I want to advance to managing a team of people. RSM’s structure gives me the means to help me realise what I want in life and what I need to do in order to get there.”