I spoke to graduates at a careers fair, I had the usual questions and got some great answers but what really stood out was that they seemed happy in their jobs. You could tell they really enjoyed the programme. I knew I wanted to enjoy what I do and to be given responsibility early on. The Lidl Graduate Programme offers just that.
One of the first things you learn is how everything is linked. The things you do in the supporting offices affect the store and our customers. By spending time in store you see that link clearly. I spent six months in store, four and half in a supporting office and now I’m out training as an Area Manager using all the insights I gained and bringing together everything I learned.
I’m always surprised at the amount of responsibility I’m given. It’s challenging but you develop so much more quickly if you are pushed out of your comfort zone. A good example is a recent project I worked on rolling out hot food and drinks in store for the convenience market. I worked on process efficiency, helped create a training handbook and helped train regional colleagues. I wouldn’t have known where to start a year ago.
You need to be confident, a fast learner, patient and have great interpersonal skills. You’ll be working with literally hundreds of people from all backgrounds.
I’m looking forward to what comes next.