Emer initially joined Aldi in 2014 whereby she completed a six month placement as part of her degree in Commerce. The Aldi Industrial Placement Programme particularly interested Emer because of “the amount of responsibility and variety” that the placement offered her. The placement programme has been carefully developed to provide students with an unparalleled level of responsibility and exposure to our business, whilst all the time being supported by an assigned personal mentor to guide them on their journey.
Upon successful completion of her degree in Commerce, Emer returned to Aldi and joined the Graduate Area Manager Training Programme. Undoubtedly, Emer’s time spent as an Industrial Placement student offered an excellent foundation for the graduate programme. As part of this programme Emer experienced and overcame a number of challenges. Emer recounts one such challenge as “managing staff that were older than I was and who had much more experience than I had”. Although this experience could be daunting for a graduate, through the comprehensive training and supportive personal mentor, Emer was able to overcome this challenge with ease. As a result, Emer has some key advice for students and graduates by encouraging them not to “be afraid of a challenge and to be yourself”.
At Aldi our employee’s wellbeing and work-life balance is one of our key priorities. Emer mentions how effective planning is key to maintaining a work-life balance in a busy role. “It comes down to planning – once you’ve planned your time well, you can maintain a great work/life balance”. As Aldi continues its expansion programme, both domestic and international, opportunities for progression to directorship and the potential for international secondment abound. At present, Emer is focused on developing her skill set even further within her current role to ensure that she is ready to embrace future challenges and opportunities as they arise.