Ioana Coman

Country of origin: Romania

Knowledge and Business Systems Architect, Oxford Brookes University

I found my Masters at Lancaster a really rewarding experience, professionally and also personally as I met amazing people from whom I learnt a great deal. I really think that as a student you have so many opportunities, as I found the course especially focused on networking and creating links within the industry.

Your networking starts with the small circle of colleagues that come from different backgrounds and industries; then opportunities arise from various projects across the university, from the Management School as well as other departments (depending on your interests). Lastly you are in constant contact with people from the industry: for example, the SAP module, Accenture day, career fairs and events – which have really good value when applying for jobs – Skype calls with professionals during lectures, and the list goes on. There are so many other ways of developing yourself from the Lancaster Award, to societies and clubs.

The lectures do not really cover textbooks, so you are not limited to the content in between two covers. You are encouraged to explore, ask questions, try to find answers (which you might not find), and absorb as much knowledge as you can, through a huge number of channels.

I enjoyed my time as an ‘ITMOC-er’, but only now have I realised the value of everything I did during my course. In my job I have to constantly refer back to what I did during my Masters and I now have the chance to reflect on the theoretical knowledge I earned during my studies, see how it fits into practice, and how I can apply it to benefit the business the most. Really interesting and exciting now that I know I invested time in something that matters.

If you want to have a full and active year, watch yourself develop and be surrounded by great people, this is the place to be. I loved Lancaster, and I loved ITMOC even more, it was what I expected and if I were to choose a Masters course all over again, I would make the same decision.

I am currently working as a Knowledge and Business Systems Architect, part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Media Analytics and Oxford Brookes University.