Meet Julia...

Year of Birth: 1993
Degree Program: Master in Management
University: Universität Mannheim
Previous Internships: Porsche Cars North America
Interests: Professional: Project Management, Finance, Risk Management
Personal: Traveling (backpacking), Sports, Politics

Student Challenger since November 2017.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?

I obtained the Bachelor of Science in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences Karlsruhe. This program had a focus on business management, but integrated a lot of related subjects such as business law, economics or computer science as well. My bachelor thesis was about the hedging of business risks arising from electricity prices for energy supply companies. In September 2017 I started with the Master in Management program at the University of Mannheim where I am specializing in the areas Finance and Management.

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

During the time of my studies I gained professional experiences as a working student in the Purchasing department at Robert Bosch GmbH and in the IT Project Delivery department at Arvato Financial Solutions. Furthermore, I did a 6-month internship in the Corporate Business Development at Porsche Cars North America in Atlanta, USA.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?

I have always been interested in the finance area and financing topics, which is why my goal was to gain some professional experience in this area after my previous experiences in the automotive industry. Arvato Financial Solutions was especially interesting for me since - as a business process outsourcing company - it covers a broad spectrum of finance related tasks. Moreover, it provides solutions for customers of a wide range of industries and countries posing very different demands to the offered services and products.

During my position at Arvato Financial Solution I also got to know more about Bertelsmann, its history, values and present challenges. Being part of the media industry is especially manifold and requires being aware of the most recent developments at any time.

The favorite aspect about my job was the diversity of tasks. There were always new challenges where I had the chance to come up with own ideas or solutions and support their implementation.

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

The most challenging task was probably the restructuring of the department´s knowledge management and the migration to a new platform. It was the first time that I was confronted with the questions of how to structure information effectively, logically and in an easy accessible way. I realized how complex knowledge management is and how many things need to be kept in mind when thinking about restructuring a wiki platform. After learning the features of the new software, I was able to create process descriptions for administrative tasks in our project management department and come up with suggestions for the improvements of the existing documentation.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?

I believe the most important qualities are being a team player and thinking “out of the box” to be able to contribute to a continuous improvement process. Being proactive will open up new spaces of improvements and new development possibilities not only for the company, but also for one personally.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?

It is quite difficult to describe a “typical” day of my working student job, since every day was different due to the variety of tasks. When I came in, the first thing to do was to check my e-mails, check what tasks needed to be completed that day and make up a rough plan how to structure my day. Those included recurring tasks such as administering the project management software Blue Ant, but also new challenges posed by the migration to the new knowledge management platform Confluence for example.

Usually the entire team had lunch together which was a good chance to get to know my colleagues better and to get some interesting insights what they were currently working at.

What are your professional goals? Any others?

My professional goal is to work in a diverse environment with always new and challenging tasks where I can develop myself professionally but also personally. I especially like the nature of project management due to the variety of tasks, the team work and the possibility to assume responsibility.

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