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Alumni profile - Constance Kratsa

Constance studied Law and Economics at Queen Mary, graduating in 2006, and went on to earn an MBA from the University of Oxford. She now works as Head of Marketing (EMEA Travel Retail) for a premium beauty brand. Here, she shares her experience of studying at Queen Mary and how it helped her discover an interest in the business world.

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Can you tell us a bit about your current role?

I’m working at the Estée Lauder brand in the Travel Retail division, leading the Marketing team for the EMEA region. We mainly focus on the business at the airports (duty-free shops).

Why did you choose to study at Queen Mary?

It was one of the few universities at the time that offered a joint degree in Law and Economics. I chose Queen Mary because it was in London and one of top ones in the UK. I liked the idea of studying these two disciplines as I found that they were great foundations for whatever I would choose to do in the future.

What did you enjoy about your course, and life at Queen Mary more generally?

I really enjoyed my time at Queen Mary because it had a very multicultural and open culture. I enjoyed the classes and I still keep in touch with some of my professors. I also enjoyed many of the extracurricular activities and I was actively involved in some. More importantly, I cherish the encounters and friendships I made. There are people from my halls and classes that I still keep in touch with and constantly communicate with. I have made friendships that will last a lifetime.

How do you feel your degree prepared you for your chosen career?

It might appear odd that after my Law and Economics studies, I ended up with a career in Marketing for over a decade now. It was actually classes like Micro-Economics and Competition Law that made me develop a curiosity for the business world, and this appetite helped me discover later my interest in Marketing.