Meet Robert...

Date of Birth: 1994/12/05
Degree Program: B.Sc. International Business Administration
University: University of Vienna
Previous Internships: Bertelsmann Education Group New York and Berlin
Student Challenger since: April 2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
After I graduated high school, I wanted to gain some first practical experience and entered an apprenticeship as a bank clerk at a local financial institute. This allowed me to combine business education with hands-on experience. I was also able to get first insights of the banking world. Right now, I am a first-year student at the University of Vienna pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration.

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

As mentioned, I started with an apprenticeship at Sparkasse Gütersloh. After finishing my banking degree, I interned with the Bertelsmann Education Group for 5 months (3 months in New York City and 2 months in Berlin). After finishing my internship, Relias Learning offered me a position as a Working Student where I focus on marketing and market research.
What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
As I was born and raised in Gütersloh, I was interested in Bertelsmann because of the change Bertelsmann is undertaking right now, having such an impressive portfolio with companies like Penguin Random House, RTL or Arvato and strengthening it with new businesses in the growth regions and specifically the education pillar.
My favorite aspect about the internship with the Bertelsmann Education Group was to work with so many impressive people and visionaries. Also, I really appreciated the responsibility and flexibility I was given by every team member.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
Quitting at a small local financial institute the one day and starting at Bertelsmann in New York City the next day was a big cultural change.
My most exciting project was a due diligence process with regards to a potential acquisition target of Relias Learning in Germany.
These experiences have been very challenging but also very exciting and fascinating.

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

I think being goal-driven is very important in a changing international environment. Also, a strong team spirit and being communicative are crucial skills.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
It is difficult to describe a typical day, since no day was quite like any other in my time as an intern. I usually started working on my own tasks in the morning. I had to do some research on competitors and prepare company profiles for my supervisors or briefing materials for the BEG management team. The afternoon always started with team meetings or update talks with colleagues. Luckily, I was involved in a lot of different projects and had a chance to gain insights in the education and eLearning sector.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
Apart from finishing my studies I want to gain as much practical work experience as possible. I am very interested in new businesses, the logistics sector and technology.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Strategic – for its diverse portfolio as well as the people who drive Bertelsmann