Meet Nina...

Year of Birth: 1993
Degree Program: Master in HRM from September 2016
University: Loughborough University, UK
Previous Internships: Robinson Club, Nixdorf Consulting, Ruhrkohle AG
Interests: Sport (especially athletics, handball and ski), psychology and criminal cases

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
In 2015 I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Management (main focus on Human Resource Management) at the International School of Management in Dortmund. During my studies I did a semester abroad in Spain.  In September 2016 I am going to start with a master’s program in Human Resource Management at the University of Loughborough in the UK.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
During my studies I did several internships.  The latest and by far longest was at Territory (a part of Bertelsmann) in the field of employer branding.
Before I did two further internships in the field of Human Resource Management: In 2013 I worked in a consulting company focusing on Personnel Development. During this internship I created a workshop on my own and wrote a specialist article about “Generation Y”. After my semester abroad I did an internship in Spain at the “Robinson Club Playa Granada” where I worked at the HR Department.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
From the beginning I was fascinated and impressed by the whole company with its different subsidiaries and several industries. Especially interesting for me was to see how Bertelsmann – as a global player- handles the  „War of Talents“.
What I liked most about my job was that I had he possibility to work completely independent. From the first day onwards I felt more like an employee than as an intern.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
My most challenging and exciting task was the organization of “Talent Meets Bertelsmann” – an international networking and workshop event. I was participating in almost all aspects of the event planning: from advert booking over social media campaigns to candidate management. The challenge was to maintain the overview of all different partial projects and tasks at once.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
In my view, having the ability to work independently, well organized and creatively is indispensable for being successful at Bertelsmann. Moreover you should be open-minded, forward und critical thinking.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
I am fortunate to not be able to describe a typical day. However, some elements were always included in a „typical“ workweek: For example I daily managed and controlled almost all social media campaigns. Moreover I created several newsletters and was responsible for job-ad placements at different job portals. But the main part of my tasks were project-based and changed therefore nearly every day.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
In the short run, my goal is to finish my master’s degree and make the right choice for my job-entry. My long-term professional goal is to find an interesting and fulfilling job in the field of Human Resource Management, which enables me to combine career and family. Until then, I am open-minded to gain as much experience as possible to broaden my mind.

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