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Cosmin Tudor, Restaurant Manager
Cosmin Tudor works as a Restaurant Manager in McDonald's in Dublin. He holds a Diploma in Management, Commerce and Tourism which he got while studying in Romania. He is responsible for the overall operation and profitability of his restaurant.
The educational structure in Romania is different to here, so we were studying everything up to University. I then decided to go for a career in management. I made the best choice!
All my studies were in Romania from primary school until finishing with the Diploma in Management in Commerce and Tourism. In total I studied 16 years which included all subjects and also 12 years in French.
After that I have taken courses as part of McDonald's Management Development Programme, the most recent one was in Situational Leadership which has enhanced my management skills.
Of course the Diploma in Management. Also all courses done were at the right time to help me to build my knowledge and experience which have helped me achieve promotion.
Yes. And if there are no more internal courses available, the Company offers you the choice of external courses that I can benefit from. I intend to do the Dale Carnegie leadership course next.