Wednesday 26 June 2019

College is nearly over… so what now?

For final-year college students, the time has finally arrived. Exams are nearly over, assessments completed and the class of 2018 is one step away from graduating.

After four years of hard work, there will be some much-deserved celebrating, but after that most graduates will be deciding what to do next. For those looking to kickstart their career straight away, Graduate Programmes are ideal springboards into their industry of choice.

A career in management is something a lot of graduates are aiming for, no matter what their degree is in. Management is incredibly fulfilling and offers a career that is truly dynamic, with no two days the same.

The Graduate Area Manager Training Programme at Aldi is a real launchpad for graduate talent keen to build a successful career in management and retail. Aldi has a stellar reputation as a graduate workplace from both their employees and the recruitment industry, having featured in the gradireland ‘Top 100 Leading Graduate Employers’ for the past decade. They also occupy third position within ‘The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers’, a position that no other retailer has been able to match.

Aldi has also won the gradireland ‘Best Graduate Recruitment Website’ award for the last two years in a row, as well as silver for the ‘Best Student Marketing Campaign’ 2018.

The graduates of today are looking for something more than the usual 9-5. They want a career that is rewarding and challenging in equal measure, ensuring they develop and learn constantly. They value flexibility in their day and appreciate the opportunity to travel. They seek out roles that offer real responsibility and are drawn to companies that give them the freedom to be in charge of their own diary. They also wouldn’t say to no to a brand new car.

Aldi’s Graduate Area Manager Training Programme offers all of this, and more. What makes it standout from other Graduate Programmes is the high level of responsibility given to graduates almost straight away. The Programme is unparalleled in terms of hands-on experience; after just three months, graduates could have a set of keys to their very own store.

But crucially, with this responsibility comes support. Every graduate on the programme is assigned a mentor who is on-hand to offer guidance and support every step of the way. This empowers graduates to feel confident in their decision making while adapting quickly to life as an Area Manager.

The starting salary is a phenomenal €61,000 (that rises to €99,600 after only four years) and graduates receive five weeks annual leave. As for that aforementioned set of wheels? As part of their Programme package, Area Managers are given a fully expensed Audi A4.

Over the course of one exhilarating year, graduates will be faced with challenges and opportunities, and experience an unparalleled level of real-life responsibility which will prime them to continue as a successful Area Manager.

To begin with, graduates will get to know their products, stores, customer service and store management approach over the first three months. There will of course be some shelf stacking required, as well as a week’s holiday. After this period, they could be managing at least one store, overseeing product distribution and managing teams.

Throughout the year, there are also workshops with regional experts to get an understanding of all aspects of the role, from HR processes to Accounts and Trading. As part of the Programme, graduates will undertake merchandising, auditing, monitoring of KPIs and assessment of cash handling. Those on the programme will have a network of Area Managers around them as well as senior colleagues who can offer advice and support whenever needed.

The final phase of the Programme sees graduates independently take on the role of an Area Manager for five weeks. Everything they have learnt from the year’s training will come to the fore and graduates will see just how far they have come. 

After completing the one-year Programme, newly appointed Area Managers will take charge of their own area, comprising of 3-4 stores and be encouraged to develop their own style of management. 

The opportunities with Aldi really are limitless. Not only are graduates exposed to exciting new projects beyond their role as an Area Manager in the fields of business, technology, product development and retail, but they could also be chosen to go on international secondment and experience life with Aldi in another country, with opportunities across the UK, America, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia.

Aldi recruits all year round but, unsurprisingly, places fill up fast. If you are ready for the challenge of a lifetime, click here to apply for the Graduate Area Manager Training Programme with Aldi now.

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