May 2020

Laurentiu Mihai Tirziu

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  • Laurentiu Mihai Tirziu
  • Education: Top-up in International Sales and Marketing Management
  • Graduated: January 2020
  • Current Job: Junior Project Manager at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Former employers and job positions: 
    Intern in procurement, Student worker in marketing, Intern in PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
  • Born: 1997
  • Nationality: Romanian


IBA in five words

  • International
  • Opportunities
  • Experience
  • Modern
  • Supportive

Who am I

I grew up in Transylvania, Romania. In a small town with a long history and beautiful mountain landscapes in the surroundings. I’ve lived there until I have graduated high school and then moved to Cluj-Napoca, the 2nd biggest city of Romania and a 100km ride from my hometown, for one year before moving to Denmark.

My time at IBA

I was studying Mathematics & Computer Science at a university in Romania and after a few months I came to realize that this was not the path I wanted to continue. I knew someone who was studying already in Denmark and was very happy with the choice he made. So I started reading about the Scandinavian education, the differences between universities and academies which are more practically oriented. That’s when I found IBA, decided to drop out of university and move to Denmark.

What I best remember from my studies
There are many great memories I’ve made here but what I miss the most, when I look back at my years at IBA, is my study group. Most of the time teaming up with friends is not necessarily a great idea but we somehow made it work both in class and outside. Even though we were from different countries, we were very much likeminded.

I really enjoyed the diversity of subjects in class - the dynamics and interactions between them.

There have been many teachers over the years that I have really liked, each of them with their own personalities and style of teaching.

Reflecting over the past 3 ½ years that I’ve studied at IBA, I am happy with the choice I’ve made to come here and very pleased with how many nice people I’ve met along the way, from teachers, to the friendly staff, colleagues and friends.

My Career Path

After my internship I got offered a job at the same company. 
I am now working as a junior project manager. When I am assigned to a project, one of the things I must do is to bring together a team of people with the necessary skills to complete that project. The involved stakeholders must be identified and put up to speed, a backlog of work items is created out of the product requirements and a plan of action for the next project phase to be put in place.

A typical workday for me
I wake up in the morning, take a shower and get ready for work. Normally I would carpool with other colleagues to the office but in the past few months I have been working entirely from home due to the Covid situation. I proceed to check what meetings I have that day and what work needs to be done. One of the things I love about being a project manager is that every project is different than any other and the tasks change in time depending on the phase of the project. Having few repetitive tasks, every day is different and that is a big motivation for me. After work I am going training – running/kickboxing/gym – and then have the rest of the evening for myself.

What I dream of for the future
My dream for the future is to stay hungry and disciplined in learning new things and progressing on my favorite activities, work on projects that make the world a better place and most importantly have around me people that I deeply care about.

This is how my education from IBA has contributed to my success

IBA acts as a hub for students, teachers, and companies to interact with each other. This generates opportunities for students like me. For my first internship, someone from my IBA network recommended me for a position I wanted, and the skills acquired at IBA gave me  the confidence that I could take on the job. And it happened. After my internship ended I used that experience to reach other positions in the company - but this is only the beginning of my career. 

Alumni Wisdom

Some advice I would like to pass on
To challenge and engage with teachers, exploit opportunities that show up, connect with people, and have fun along the way.

Some advice I would have liked to know earlier
To take more risks and participate in more networking events. Do not be lazy!

IBA Alumni, Laurentiu Mihai Tirziu

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