Insights from a MSc student - Diana Dinca

Insights from a MSc student - Diana Dinca

“We are encouraged to share our opinions, ask questions and challenge ourselves in the process.” Diana Dinca, MSc student from Romania

In the last year of my bachelor studies, I had no idea what I wanted to do next. I didn’t know if marketing was still the best choice for me, I didn’t even know whether I wanted to go abroad or not. A friend of mine told me he was preparing to come to RSM because it was one of the best management schools and that it was affordable as well. I went online and browsed through all the programmes. I chose the MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting because I thought it would be a good fit for me. Talking to the a MSc student  from RSM reinforced my belief; I had been interested in consulting for quite some time and there aren’t many master programmes that focus on it.

I think the best thing about the programme is the way I can use the theoretical notions that I gain. We have guest lecturers and professionals, and they are always open and willing to answer our questions regarding the more practical aspects of consulting. Of course, there is also a lot of theory that we have to go through. In the beginning, I feared that I would have to just study all of it and that was it. But the projects that we had to work on have always managed to make us apply the theory in practice. The best part is that you don’t even realise that you are doing this, it somehow becomes embedded. That being said, my favourite courses so far have been managing professional organisations and foundations of consulting, but I also liked the others a lot.

The MSc in Organisational Change & Consulting programme is one of the smaller programmes at RSM, which I believe, works to our advantage; this way, we get to know each other on a deeper level. I think that as a group, we are always curious, we interact during classes and we are open. As an international student, I was very happy to see that everyone is so helpful. I mostly appreciate the diversity of opinions. We challenge each other to think outside of the box, to come up with better, stronger arguments and just to work harder.

Because I completed my bachelor studies in Romania, the differences between my master and bachelor studies are quite big. The greatest difference is the relationship between the students and the professors. At RSM we are encouraged to share our opinions, ask questions and challenge ourselves in the process. We are also encouraged to ask for constant feedback on our work. This was for me a very different experience and, at least for the first course, I could have taken more advantage of.


Living in the Netherlands

The biggest difference between the Netherlands and my home country, and I’m sure you have heard this before, is the weather. That being said, there’s also the bike to get around. I knew about it, but it is quite the sight and the experience. I didn’t use to go to the open market in my home country, but here I’m a regular.

I found my room on a Facebook group. I pay € 385 a month, including utilities. I heard it’s not that expensive for the Netherlands, but compared to Romania, it’s a lot. In my free time I meet up with friends, we go out, and I go to the social drinks organised by the STAR student association, house parties or to the International Nights in a club called BED. I also try to travel as much as possible, both in the Netherlands and abroad. However, I don’t go out as much as I used to back home. There are a lot of things to do here, but you have to filter if you don’t want to go over your budget.

The advice I would give to future MSc students is to be open. Be open to new experiences, to new people, and to new places. Go outside of your comfort zone. There are so many things to learn and so many people to learn from. Don’t waste this opportunity.

When I complete my MSc programme, I’d like to find a job in the consultancy field in the Netherlands or abroad. I want to gain international work experience, but in the long run I might return to Romania. I am open and will take every opportunity as they come.