Vlad Gheorghiu

Vlad  Gheorghiu

Msc In Managerial and Financial Economics, Class of 2012

Romanian

Works as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company

Geneva, Switzerland

HEC Lausanne

Among the most prominent qualities of the School is its ability to balance both academic and business interests and offer its students a fun, diverse and engaging environment in which to discover them

  • What does your job consist of?

As a management consultant, there are very many answers to this question, as the topic, goal, and scope of my work are constantly changing, and so are the clients and teams I work with. In a nutshell, I’d say that what does not change is the fact that, as consultants, we are brought in to tackle very complex problems that will, without exception, take you out of your comfort zone and push the boundaries of your understanding. As a corollary, I’d say that the number one thing my job consists of is learning. Learning and then teaching.

  • Why did you choose the MFE program?

Three factors were determinant in my decision to pursue the MFE program:

  1. Mix of professors: Ideal mix of academics and professionals that offer a perspective into the applications of latest thought in economics and finance theory in daily business.
  2. Diversified curricula: I came from a Bachelor in Economics with a strong passion for Finance… I had a lot of trouble deciding which of the two I wanted to pursue. The MFE allowed me to deep dive in both until I could make a decision. It turns out I use both, and more, today.
  3. International student base: For me, the MFE was as much about studying as it was about meeting new people and having fun.
  • Did you find the materials taught in the program useful for your current job?

Some of the materials were indeed very useful. For example, I still get back to my notes from Prof. Vladimir Mares’ Industrial Organization class every time a game theory approach can be applied in my work. The Corporate Finance Theory class was also very helpful for me to start understanding the subtleties of the filed. I keep on building on those early concepts to this date.

  • What is your overall impression of your studies at HEC Paris?

For me, HEC was an excellent opportunity to break the barriers of academia and business. I think that among the most prominent qualities of the School is its ability to balance both academic and business interests and offer its students a fun, diverse and engaging environment in which to discover them.

  • What advice would you give to the future students of the program?

Jump head first and take full advantage of what the School has to offer. Go to all organized events, from the Thursday POWs and the Cusson dinners to the Consulting Forum and Carrefour HEC.
Most importantly, treasure the relationships you make and invest in maintaining them. They will, without a doubt, be your most valuable asset from your time at HEC.