Student Spotlight: Maria Cosnete

Tell us about yourself.
Greetings from Moldova, Eastern Europe, the country where I am from and where I have graduated the International Institute of Management IMI-NOVA with a Bachelor and Master degree in Business Administration. As a professional, I’m passionate about Human Resources and for the last four years, I had been working in the 2nd biggest telecommunication company in Moldova—StarNet. I started as HR intern and advanced my career to the position of the Senior HR Manager, which I held for the last two years. This work experience offered the opportunity for developing expertise in such areas as recruitment and selection, learning and development, performance management, compensations and benefits, and organizational change.

My desire for continuous learning at an international level led me to the MBA-SBP at Duquesne. In today’s global business growth, to be recognized as a strong professional, who builds organizational capability by utilizing best-in-class business excellence practices, there is a need for dedication and professional cultivation. Professional business acumen that I have developed over the four years of work experience, as well as my academic excellence, has prepared me for advancing my career further by mastering my business knowledge and skills and becoming an effective professional. I am confident that the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program will give me the framework to utilize my full potentials and allow me to easily open doors to new career opportunities after successfully graduating.

What are you most looking forward to in the MBA SBP program?
I’m looking forward to broadening my knowledge and to gain practical experience through the consulting projects that the program offers in order to advance my career at a higher organizational level.

What skill would you like to master?
I would like to master German and Spanish language skills.

What could you give a 30-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
I could give a presentation about how to prepare for a job interview and about Moldavian culture.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
The most interesting place I have been is Westerham – a small village near München, Germany. There I participated in the Manager Training Program of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy with Moldova.

Who inspires you?
My sister Irina—she is a friend and a role model for me and she is supportive in all my development initiatives.