Store time can be extremely challenging. This largely depends on what store you are placed in as some stores have a reputation for being much harder than others. Overall the placement will certainly test your resilience. Despite this, it can also be enjoyable. There is great test variety meaning a 10 hour shift will feel more like 5. Days are not boring and you can often be asked to do exciting things such as spending time in head office in different departments.
My University placement at Aldi has been fantastic and I would highly recommend it to other students looking to apply. The placement has taught me a huge range of skills that I can now apply to both my final year studies and my future career. I have thoroughly enjoyed the levels of responsibility and exposure that Aldi have allowed me to embrace and I feel that they have led to great development both professionally and personally.
The placement year offers such a wide variety of experience and exposure. Th level of responsibility is unrivalled by any UK placement, with stints of training in store and head office, working on various aspects such as store operations, logistics, property, payroll. The placement really makes you mature both professionally and in a leadership sense, allowing you to direct a team in store, and work with many different teams in project work, whilst also being able to shadow other area managers.
I loved my placement year. The roll is very fast paced and can be extremely challenging at times. You are placed out of your comfort zone a lot, but here is where I feel like I have grew the most. I I was given an insight on every part of the business and couldn't recommend this placement enough to individuals who enjoy working in a fast paced, competitive retail environment. You will learn a lot!
The placement was very tough and it requires a huge commitment to succeed, but it has been extremely rewarding throughout because you are constantly being pushed to improve. I loved working with my store teams who have an incredible team spirit that makes all the hard work enjoyable. Moving into the head office side of the operation was also an interesting challenge and the project work that I carried out was a great chance to try and put into practice everything that I learnt in the previous 6 months.
I have worked with so many fantastic people that have helped me, encouraged me, challenged me and overall made my experience with ALDI fantastic. The improvement that I have seen in myself from start to finish is huge and I believe that very few placements would have been able to offer me the same.
My placement year was really enjoyable. I enjoyed the rotational aspect of my placement as it allowed me to widen my skillset and also network with numerous members and stakeholders of the business. I was given independent projects and thus this autonomy motivated me at work. Although there is a considerably smaller Head Office placement intake than other companies, I found it easy to make great connections with colleagues and I met up socially with the other IP's on numerous occasions.
During my 12-month placement, I have had a breathtaking snapshot of life at Aldi. I have been given the tools to excel in first-hand leadership that has taken all of my management knowledge and put it into a real-life fast-changing, dynamic working environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Aldi, and couldn't have imagined a better placement year.
I found the placement really enjoyable. I was able to gain valuable insight into the company whilst being offered a high level of responsibility throughout the 12 months. I experienced a variety of roles within the company and was able to see the business from multiple aspects.
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement at ALDI. I was lucky enough to gain exposure to various projects and departments and given a high level of responsibility. I would reccomend the placement to students who are looking for a fast paced environment where you will be pushed to work to your best ability.
The whole experience for me has been amazing. My business skills have developed massively over the year and I have become a more confident individual that has faced challenges no other placement would give me. You do have to be a hard working individual but if you have the right mind set and work ethic you soon develop a passion you never realised existed.
Could not fault the organisation of the placement at all. Every part of your placement is planned to the highest detail and given to you in a training plan on your first day. Even with COVID-19 creating uncertainty the business has not stopped from prioritising my training and my development throughout this period.