Meet Robin...

Date of Birth: 17th September 1993
Degree Program:
B.Sc. Business Administration
University: Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) Münster
Previous Internships: KPMG AG (Deal Advisory), Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (Corporate Controlling & Strategy), Deutsche Bank AG (Strategy & Projects)
Student Challenger since: March 2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
In 2013 I started my Bachelor studies in Business Administration at the WWU. As part of my studies I have spent a semester abroad at the DCU Business School in Dublin. Since my graduation in September 2016 I have been filling my Gap Year with internships to gain additional practical experiences. This October, I plan to go back to University and start my Master´s degree.

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

I was given the chance to gain relevant experience in different strategy and finance related working environments. First, with my internship in the Strategy & Projects department of the Deutsche Bank AG in Frankfurt, where I participated in different projects such as competitor benchmarks and portfolio reviews. Afterwards an internship at the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA followed, in which I was part of a project for one of the subsidiaries of the Bertelsmann Group. Most recently I started my Internship at KPMG AG in the Deal Advisory department, which is responsible for company valuations within M&A processes.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
The diversity of the Bertelsmann Group through its different business divisions was the main factor that attracted me to Bertelsmann. In combination with the fact that Bertelsmann is operating globally, the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department seemed to be a challenging environment to work in, as it could likely offer me deep insights on a strategic as well as operating level. My favorite aspect about my job was the high degree of responsibility, which was passed on to me with the project tasks and the independent workflow that came along with it.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
The most exciting task for me so far has been the development of strategic growth options for the supply chain subsidiary of the Bertelsmann Group. This meant the elaboration and advancement of new business models to create new potential revenue streams. Consequently, I gathered deep insights into different industries and emerging technologies as well as into an entrepreneurial way of thinking.

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

In my opinion, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking are the important qualities for employees at Bertelsmann. The reason for that is simple: Nowadays the media world is dynamic and ever changing and if a traditional corporation like Bertelsmann wants to keep pace with the changes to come, it must rely upon employees with accelerating ideas and spirits.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
Luckily, the project environment at the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department prevents days from being like one another. Besides the daily lunch with my colleagues or employees from other departments and the inherent coffee break, the days during my internship were rich in variety so one could never know what to expect next. As the project phases were progressing, my tasks did so as well, therefore the challenge was always ever present.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
After finishing my Master´s degree, I would either like to join a PhD program or start a career in a strategy consultancy or in a business development department. Besides my professional goals, I strive for travelling through different countries in Asia and South America, as I recently discovered my passion for getting to know other cultures.

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