I thoroughly enjoyed the placement year, there were parts I enjoyed more than others which I took as a positive as the placement scheme allows for you to find what department and roles you most enjoy which is helpful when looking at future employment. There was a variety of roles and responsibilities that challenged me throughout the year making it very enjoyable.
The Lidl Placement scheme was perfect for me, as I went into the year not knowing what I want to do as a career. It is a rotational program with flexibility for you to try many different departments across the company. Although some of these departments I didn’t enjoy working in as much as others, it was still valuable due to the level of responsibility afforded to you. I still don’t really know what I want to do after uni, however this placement has made me realise that that doesn’t necessarily matter, because if you’re willing to learn and adapt you can succeed nearly anywhere
The teams I worked with throughout my placement year were all so lovely. I was welcomed into every team and shown the ins and outs of the different departments. It was also great meeting the other placement students from across the country at our meets and during the 2 week head office experience.
I enjoyed my work placement with Lidl as the placement is rotational, this helped me to develop my skill set in a number of different areas and also learn a lot more in relation to the fast paced retail industry. It has enabled me to develop my skills not only on a work based level but also on a personal level and I have found I have conducted myself in a more professional manner throughout my time with Lidl.
I have enjoyed elements of my placement year, including the employees and people I have met throughout the programme. At every stage, the employees I have worked with have been welcoming and friendly. However, overall my placement year did not meet the expectations I had going in. At times I have felt very much like an afterthought within the business often at the expense of my training and development.
Over the past 11 months I have had a fantastic experience with Lidl. I have been challenged in so many ways and have really found out a lot about myself. I couldn't recommended this scheme enough and the support systems allow you to flourish under the expert guidance of your colleagues.
In terms of the work that I had to carry out during my placement the enjoyment varied. This is due to the placement is a rotational based scheme giving you the chance to work in many aspects of the business. The time I spent in store was the most enjoyable but I feel like this is down to the fact I spent 3 months here and got to build relationships with other members of staff. The rest of the departments only gave me an overview meaning I spent an average of 2 weeks in every other department.
I have enjoyed working in such different environments and getting the opportunity to work within so many areas and develop my skills and knowledge. The placement requires a lot of hard work but is very rewarding and great to see how you can make a difference within such a large business.
Very highly. The programme offers a really great unique opportunity to see and learn many departments and how they all interact. I think Lidl’s placement programme is perfect to help discover what areas you are passionate about, additionally what areas do not interest you as much and additionally how a business runs.
As a whole, it has been a great opportunity to see a rapidly growing retailer from all angles and get properly stuck in with tasks and projects in the majority of the rotations. I have enjoyed learning about how the Lidl brand functions and the plans for it to grow in the future.
I enjoyed my placement a lot due to the varied work and opportunities I was given. Throughout the year there were various events and projects that kept the job interesting including time at their Head Office working in the Advertising department and an end-of-year event in Windsor. Although it was mainly positive, Lidl is tough. When in store, I sometimes had to be in for a 5am shift where I would be putting stock out or baking for three hours. It was important to push my own training in order to move on once I had learnt a job! Sometimes the job could be quite boring whilst in Logistics and I found myself twiddling my thumbs. At this point I found myself looking to spend time in other departments, where it became very useful to meet other people that I would in future be able to come back to and ask for help when doing projects. Overall I feel the year helped to develop me as a person, as Lidl threw me into a number of departments working with lots of different people.
The placement programme at Lidl is very much what you put in, you will get out. There are plenty of opportunities as the scheme is designed so you spend time in Sales, Logistics, Supply Chain, Admin and Head OffIce. I enjoyed this rotation as it meant that I was constantly learning a new side to the business and wasn't stuck doing the same thing day in and day out for the entirety of the year.