Magda Stancioi

Magda Stancioi

Study | Year of graduation: MSc Finance & Investments 2012

Employer: Unilever

Job title: Finance Manager

What are the most valuable skills that you took from your education at RSM?
My studies at RSM taught me what I didn't know – that might seem obvious :)
I learnt to ask the right questions to get me to the next step, and the next step, and so on. I also developed other skills, like working under pressure, teamwork, and combining studying, working and having fun. But one of the biggest challenges was to select and use relevant information from the sources available. An important set of skills I got was to be selective, find the right information and use it when needed.

What was your most memorable moment at RSM?
They are mostly fun moments. I associate General Management with hard work and also lots of fun. In our last exam, we decided that we would all go dressed up in costumes! Out of a group of more than 60 people, I think more than 55 were dressed up as rabbits, mice, clowns, aerobics professionals, 1980s popstars and so on. I was a geisha. Exams suddenly became fun. These moments really connected us, we created bonds that we are holding on to even today. We learnt from each other, we worked hard, but we also played hard together. We were there for each other in tough and fun moments. It was a life lesson that also applies in my work – how to create a united team that strives for quality in work, but also doesn't mind being natural, genuine and fun.

How would your former classmates describe you?
I love people, so my classmates would probably describe me as the one organising social gatherings, not missing out on a chance to connect with the group. But I would not be surprised if they also thought of me as strict when working in a project group, ambitious and dedicated.

How do you stay connected to the school and what do you gain from it?
I try to get involved in career events – I've already joined several career panels. Next year I will probably facilitate a consultancy project between RSM and Unilever. I keep in touch with the master co-ordinator from General Management (now MScMiM) and I contribute ideas or opinions every time I can. I am happy to do it and I get energy from all this. I really like the curiosity and excitement of students and at the end of the day, if I managed to convince at least one of them that studies are also about having fun and that anyone can find their path in life, I am happy.

What is your greatest passion in life?
Diversity and multiculturalism. I get a good dose of these two through travelling, discovering new places, different cultures, interesting people. I believe everyone has their own story and I love listening to stories.

What is your ‘I WILL’? 
 "I WILL always reinvent myself."