Meet Larissa

Date of Birth: 1994/09/12
Degree Program: Culture & Economy: German Studies and Business Administration
University: University of Mannheim
Previous Internships: A.T. Kearney, Arvato Bertelsmann, DB Management Consulting, DB ProjektBau
Student Challenger since: March 2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
In October 2016 I completed my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Mannheim. To obtain a broad knowledge during my undergraduate studies I chose an interdisciplinary program. As I did not only want to approach work from a business perspective, but from a human and cultural one as well, I decided to take German Studies in addition to Business Administration.
I spent my semester abroad in Ireland where I had the opportunity to have priceless experiences with the Irish people, culture and beautiful landscapes. Moreover, I could work on my academic English and Management skills.

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

From the very beginning of my undergraduate studies, I put emphasis on practical orientation. Thus, I did several internships in Marketing & Communications as well as in the Consulting industry. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to work in the project management of an engineering office.
After my Bachelor’s degree, I started a gap year program to gain more professional experiences before making the decision which Master’s program to choose. Arvato Bertelsmann – SCM – Automotive in Munich was my first stop on that ‘journey’. Afterwards I worked for A.T. Kearney and a Chinese Startup, called Shanghai Jungle.
Plainly, I have a passion for getting to know different industries, business models and cultures.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships?
Bertelsmann shares my philosophy of ‘Creativity meets entrepreneurship’. I support the idea of creative and unique talents changing the business world by finding innovative, sustainable and human solutions. During my internship at Arvato Bertelsmann I felt the spirit that each team member and each idea can make a difference.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
The most exciting project I was working on at Arvato Bertelsmann was finding innovative future retail models for the automotive industry by using virtual and augmented reality tools.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Working successfully for Bertelsmann means being open-minded, creative and passionate about media.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
My primary goal is to never stop learning. I believe that learning from different people, industries or business models and thinking outside the box is the key to succeed in the digital world.

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