Meet Deniz

Year of Birth: 

Current Position:


Associate Corporate Investement & Controlling

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
University: WWU Münster
Previous Internships: OBI GmbH & Co. KG Corporate Category Management & Strategy
Personal interests: Music, guitar playing, sports, detective stories

Describe your educational background. Where do you study? What degree will you receive?

I finished my A-level graduation at the Max-Planck-Gymnasium in Bielefeld. Currently I am studying business administration at the University of Münster and expect to receive my bachelor degree this summer (2011).

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?

I gained my first business experiences during the internship at OBI Corporate Center working in the Corporate Category Management & Strategy department. Part of my duties were to analyze productivities of certain product lines, prepare board presentations and develop useful tools for product managers. Last year I worked as an intern in the Bertelsmann corporate center (Controlling & Strategy). During that time I dealt a lot with the analysis of investment projects and competitors.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internship? What was your favorite aspect about your job?

Since I grew up in Bielefeld just a stone’s throw away from the Bertelsmann Corporate Center I had always known of the company’s standing as a global and successful player on the media market and the company’s emphasis on entrepreneurship. Therefore I was immediately interested when I heard about the opportunity to work there as a controlling intern. My favorite aspect about the Bertelsmann internship was the fact that I was given a lot of freedom as far as my tasks were concerned which was the greatest motivation boost of all.

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?

In addition to my studies I am project leader in the student initiative “Students in Free Enterprise” (SIFE) which is a worldwide initiative with the goal to create social benefit by combining academic business skills with social project work. In the context of an environmental project we (SIFE Münster) tried to incentivize merchants in Münster to accept some simple environmental obligations in order to receive a signet by the local environmental agency and to help protect the environment. The reluctance and lack of interest we faced was immense and made it the most challenging project we ever had. 

What qualities do you think are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
In order to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann I think it is necessary to be a good analyst, to be reliable, self-critical and creative. But most of all I assume one has to be enthusiastic.
What was a typical day during your internship like? 
In the morning I would oftentimes check my mails, read the company newsletter and receive tasks for the day or go on completing older projects. Once a week a team meeting used to be scheduled in the morning. Most of the work is of course done in the office on the computer. That means a lot of internet research as well as Excel and Powerpoint usage. After a lunch break in the canteen (recommendable) I often met with colleagues from the department to talk about new developments and goals on common projects. At 8 p.m. on the average the work day used to be over. 

What are your professional goals? Any others? 
My professional goal is to do analytical, controlling- or finance-driven tasks in a large-sized company that has an interesting product portfolio and puts emphasis on the advancement of its employees. I would also like to take responsibility in this job. Besides these goals, I will actually have to improve my guitar skills in order to finally found a hobby band and record songs during my free time. 

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