Meet Hannah...

Year of Birth: 1993
Degree Program: Master of Science in Psychology
University: Lund University (Sweden)
Previous Internships: University Hospital Münster: Department for Neuropsychology; Bertelsmann SE & Co.KGaA
Interests: Professional: Talent Management, HR Development; Private: Reading, sports (especially basketball), travelling

Student Challenger since July 2016.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
After graduating from high school in 2013, I started my psychology studies at WWU Münster and will receive my bachelor’s degree in 2016. In August 2016, I will move to Sweden for my master programme in psychology at Lund University.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I gained my first professional experience as a psychology student during my internship at the department of neuropsychology at the university hospital in Münster. I carried out various tests with clients in order to evaluate possible cognitive impairments. During this internship, I learned a lot about psychological testing, the evaluation of cognitive performance and the adequate interaction with clients.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
Due to my previous internship, I learned about cognitive impairments and performance. But it left me wondering how the opposite might look like: employees with a huge potential for professional development and how they are supported. This is why I applied for the Talent Management project at Bertelsmann. As a book lover, Bertelsmann offered me the perfect combination of exciting products and a really interesting project. During my internship, I discovered the wide variety of the Bertelsmann family, which was only one interesting aspect. What really impressed me was that I was able to assume responsibility almost from the start.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
The most rewarding task is that I am able to accompany the Talent Management project for almost 12 months – not only as an intern but also beyond as a working student. For me, it is very exciting to see how initial ideas are developed, change and grow until their implementation.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
In my view, being open-minded, creative and curious to learn something new every day is indispensable for being successful at Bertelsmann. Due to the rapid changes in the media industry and the challenges of digitization, one should not be afraid of changes – critical thinking, flexibility as well as being a team player will definitely help to meet these challenges.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
Another aspect I really enjoyed during my internship was the lack of a typical daily routine. It was a good mix of team meetings, brainstorming sessions and the preparation of events and trainings.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
For the near future, my goal is to successfully complete my master programme abroad. During these two years, I want to determine and work on my strengths, weaknesses and professional interests in order to find a position that fits to me and vice versa. I really want to see the impact of my own work in a certain field – for both the present and the future. Apart from this, I would like to gain international work experience, hopefully during my studies in Sweden.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
People – because Bertelsmann brings together both diverse and unique employees who not only represent but truly live the company’s culture. It is them who make the difference between good and great projects, between nice ideas and creative innovations.