I thoroughly enjoyed the placement and I was particularly impressed with the speed in which I was gaining responisibility and subsequent experience. I loved the pressure, responsibility and acclaim that came with acting as a store manager. I definitely made the right choice in terms of whom to do my placement with.
I really enjoyed the placement from day one. I always knew that the retail industry was an area I would love to work in and from the very beginning of the placement it was very hands on. How many other placement schemes give you the responsibility of running a store within the first few months??? The actual placement scheme is great as you get to choose what you would like to experience at each stage of the placement whether its sales, logistics property etc.
The placement was highly enjoyable; being able to experience such a wide variety of departments within the same company was extremely rewarding and benefiting. The opportunities, training & development and experiences available to me where endless. Being able to create your own pathway throughout the year was also reassuring, allowing me develop my own skills and broaden my knowledge base.
The Lidl Management Placement has been setup to deliver a strategic outlook on the company. I began by working in Sales which is the face of the organisation, and fundamentally what the company is all about - delivering low costs and high quality products to customers. My next stage of placement then involved a back office role in Warehousing and Logistics, which I had no previous experience. I was involved in the 3 main areas; Goods In (Accepting products from suppliers), Selection (Picking products for stores), and Transport (Delivering products to stores). My final area was then based in Property and Construction of Lidl stores. The fact that an Undergraduate can be exposed to that diversity of a Pan-European company like Lidl, was a source of constant gratification during the placement.
The placement has been so enjoyable as mainly the amount and depth of training has been superb, to be trained to have all the responsibility of a store manager in such a short time is fantastic and to experience all different aspects of the company and gain a understanding of the company and other departments is excellent.
As an experience this was quite invaluable for me. As it is very tough at times you can look back and say - I did it. The positive thing about this placement is at the same time its biggest challenge: You will take on responsibilty at an early stage. The working times can be quite tough throughout you sales module: Early mornings, late nights, and weekend shifts are not unusual. Later on in the placement working times become more regular. There were times were I really enjoyed the placement, seeing that I made real progress and got intensive experience and an extensive insight into the business. On the other hand it was quite tough at times, after all you will be mainly working in a deep discounting environment.