Ioana Cristescu

Course: Management

Year of graduation: 2018


What do you do now? What do you enjoy about what you do?

Currently my time is spent between three affairs. I have become a shareholder in an IT start-up in the Automotive sector, I am working for the two largest music festivals in my home country of Romania, and I am starting a diamond grading course at GIA in London. I enjoy working across three completely different industries as it offers me the possibility to apply the knowledge I accumulate from one field to the others, and it ensures that my work never gets mundane.

Why did you choose to study at Cass?

As I did not know which area of management I wanted to pursue from the on-set, I was particularly attracted by the management course at Cass Business School due to the freedom it provides in pursuing disciplines across the business spectrum, such as marketing or operations management. An additional highlight of the course was the opportunity to study abroad in leading universities, such as Bocconi University in Milan.

How has Cass supported you in your career journey, and helped you get to where you are today?

The knowledge gained through my time at Cass has provided me with the necessary skill set to be able to be actively involved in the strategy decision making of the IT firm. Additionally, the degree improved my soft skills through the opportunity to work in multicultural teams with people with different personalities. These soft skills are extremely useful in my current activities, specifically as I work with people from various countries during my work with the music festivals teams.

What did you enjoy most about your course?

The course offered me insight into traditional management subjects, as well as into modules which could be considered out of the ordinary, such as Behavioural Decision Making. I mostly enjoyed the practical application of the theory that each module provided through the coursework. For example, for the one module we had to act as a consulting firm and, working with a real company, solve issues that arose.

What was the hardest part of your course?

The hardest part of the course was adapting to other peoples’ working style whilst working in teams. Nonetheless, the opportunity to work in teams provided by Cass allowed me to gain this valuable skill which will most definitely benefit me in the future.

Were there any lecturers who particularly inspired you?

Dr. Martin Rich, my final year project supervisor and the course director, is the lecturer which had the most positive impact on my experience at Cass. In particular during my last year, his course (Virtual Organisations) and our discussions during the FYP meetings were very inspiring. I have applied many of the approaches discussed in his lectures while I was travelling in China and had to simultaneously work for the festival in my home country.

What was your favourite part of being a Cass Student?

My favourite part, by far, was finding my friends- with whom I eventually spent all my exam sessions studying with. I will particularly miss our lunch debates in the university cafeteria.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective Cass student, what would it be?

Take advantage of the amazing opportunities Cass has to offer, especially the chance to study abroad. It might seem daunting at first to consider leaving London so quickly after you might have just moved there, but you will not regret it. My semester spent at Bocconi University was a highlight of my student life.