Meet Johanna...

Date of Birth: 01/04/1994
Degree Program: International Business
University: Bocconi University
Previous Internships: Several internships in a wide range of functions and businesses incl. strategy, marketing and audit in the consumer goods, consulting and media industries
Student Challenger since: 09/2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I completed my Bachelor’s degree at WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in “Business Administration” in 2016.  As of August 2017, I am enrolled in the “International Management” program at Bocconi University in Milan and I will graduate in the summer of 2019.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
So far, I have not restricted myself to one professional path. Instead, I have continually tried out different businesses and functions in internships. Over the course of my bachelor degree, I completed internships in the private banking sector of Deutsche Bank, the national marketing department of Henkel and the audit department of Deloitte in Paris. After my Bachelor’s degree, I took part in the “Gap year program” in which Bertelsmann participates as well. During this year, I focused on the function “strategy” and performed internships at the consulting firm Oliver Wyman, at the internal strategy division of Henkel and in the corporate strategy department “Growth regions” at the corporate center of Bertelsmann.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
Although Bertelsmann is a company with a long-standing tradition, Bertelsmann constantly reinvents itself and explores new business ideas and market segments. In line with this, Bertelsmann is a global company with a diverse workforce. I perceived the close contact to various colleagues from Brazil, India, China and all over Europe as a very rewarding experience.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
My most challenging task at Bertelsmann has been the consolidation and analysis of the financial planning data of all businesses in China, India and Brazil in preparation for the yearly strategic planning dialogue. One the one hand, this task required a high level of concentration and dedication, while on the other hand the results were of very high relevance for Bertelsmann’s long-term development and success.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Being successful at Bertelsmann requires a variety of traits. Any employee should be equipped with an open mind and an interest in learning about new materials, content and markets, while the employee should also bring a high willingness to take on responsibility and adhere to the companies’ values.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
During my internship, daily tasks included the monitoring of our current company portfolio of Bertelsmann’s funds in China, Brazil and India, making investment decisions on new investment opportunities, preparing presentations and material for higher decision bodies and participating in team meetings including the team members in China, India and Brazil.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
I would like to take on an active role in the global economy. I am particularly interested in strategy departments of large multinationals. In this, I can picture myself working as an assistant for an experienced manager. Moreover, I find working in an international setting an intriguing opportunity and can picture myself working in foreign regions such as the US or Asia, as this will not only present a professional but also a cultural experience. In general, I would like to pursue a profession in a challenging environment which involves a diverse group of colleagues and stakeholders as well as a variety of new tasks.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?