Jess

General Management Industrial Placement Student

  • Business and Marketing Management
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Placement Year (10 Months+)
  • Aldi

What was the interview process like?

There were three stages – an initial online application, where I had to create a 5 minute video, a group assessment and a final face-to-face interview with the regional MD. I felt properly valued as a potential permanent employee.

How much responsibility do you have?

Quite simply, they expect you to deliver and are really not afraid to give you responsibility – no matter which placement you’re doing. They’ll push you to exceed your own goals but will always give invaluable support to help you achieve them.

What is the atmosphere like?

It’s incredibly welcoming but also very professional. Everyone truly understands their own roles - creating a very clear cut environment.

How has this experience exceeded your expectations?

This is not just a year in industry – it’s a real job. And if you prove yourself, the opportunities are like no other. I may have been nervous on day one, but I found my stride really quickly. And as the year progressed I was even given responsibility for my own projects which had a real impact on the business.

What advice would you give to students applying for your role?

If you go in with a positive attitude and have determination, respect, resilience and an eagerness to learn – you’ll absolutely have the best year. I’ve completely changed as a person for the better and my maturity has skyrocketed.

What has been your biggest challenge?

For me, it was going into a store and basically taking the reigns. A 20-year old, with little retail experience, managing people who’ve been there 20 years – it’s quite daunting. But I formed such a strong family bond with the team that it became the highlight of my placement.

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