Seán initially joined Aldi in 2015, where he spent six months on an Industrial Placement Programme as part of his Masters. Seán discusses how he maximised this opportunity, “once I got my foot in the door I did everything within my power to impress. Upon completion of the Industrial Placement I was offered the opportunity to apply for a position on the Aldi Graduate Area Manager Training Programme”.

Seán’s studies at UCC provided an excellent background for his current role: “I have always had a huge interest in everything food related, hence I chose a BSc in Food Science. After spending some time working in this area, I felt food production was not the right choice for me. I went back to UCC to do a Masters in Management and Marketing. From day one I realised I wanted to get into retail, which I felt was a good combination of Food Science, Management, Business and Marketing.”

Outside of work Seán is an avid GAA fan and regularly plays Gaelic Football. “I play a lot of Gaelic Football and I plan my weeks carefully in advance to ensure I can fit in training and matches.” Seán describes the graduate programme as challenging, yet rewarding. “Every stage of the Aldi Graduate Area Manager Training Programme is challenging, from learning the ropes in store, getting the opportunity to run a store, to getting to cover an Area. After coming through the other side and taking my own Area, I realised that this was a career I wanted to pursue. I am very competitive by nature, and am always looking to improve and find efficiencies in everything I do.” Seán encourages other graduates to consider Aldi as an employer. “Aldi as a company are very open and I would urge graduates to reach out to current Aldi employees at recruitment events to seek more information. It is a very demanding role, but is extremely rewarding. If you have a strong interest in retail and consider yourself to be an enthusiastic and hardworking individual, then this could be the career for you.”