Meet the academic: Dr Constantin Ciachir
Prior to joining academia in 2013, I worked in various industries and countries. My first ever job was as radio broadcaster. After three years of airing shows, I dipped my toes into the fashion industry and worked as designer assistant for a year, before moving into telecommunications where I spent most of my 20s, but for one year which I spent resolving online fraud cases for a financial institution. In 2013, I turned most of my attention towards work in psychology and human resources management and worked as a consultant and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of York, where I completed my PhD.
Describe your time at Surrey
Challenging, developmental, and rewarding.
What inspires you about Surrey?
In one word: collegiality. The environment at Surrey is open, friendly, and supportive. I have been, and still am, working with amazing people, who I now consider very good friends.
Collegiality at Surrey is not just among members of staff, but also between staff and students - constantly seeking to make sense of, negotiate, and create knowledge.
Why should a student study your subject at Surrey?
To be challenged, developed, and be rewarded for hard work and meaningful contributions. At Surrey we do, reflect, think, and experiment – there is value in every second.
What are your interests outside of academia?
I would like to say something interesting like bungee jumping, snowboarding, or playing the piano. The reality is more boring than that, and I spend whatever free time I have socialising and learning about cultures and languages.
Is there a memory from Surrey that particularly stands out?
The one particular memory at Surrey that stands out for me was the day of my job interview. Hence, I am still around four years later!