Meet Thomas...

Date of Birth: 06.11.1992
Degree Program: B.Sc. in Business Administration
University: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Previous Internships: MAN Truck & Bus, zeb consulting, Deutsche Bank, Rothschild
Student Challenger since: June 2016

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
Starting in 2013, I completed my undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management which provided me with both a solid theoretical and practical business know-how. I particularly focused on coursework related to strategic management & finance and in my fifth semester I went abroad to complete a semester abroad at the University of Warwick, UK.

After doing a few internships during a gap year, I will continue my studies at Stockholm School of Economics by further focusing on the broad spectrum of strategic issues of corporations and management consulting industries in particular.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
Right away with starting my Bachelor degree, I started a part-time (working student) job during the lecture periods with Rothschild in Frankfurt which I sticked with for about two years to complement financing my studies. Throughout the years, I also have completed internships at Deutsche Bank, zeb consulting, MAN Truck & Bus as well as Bertelsmann.

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

In general, I chose my internships according to my personal interests with regard to the respective industry or working environment. After having gathered experiences in banking & consulting, I used my gap year to further deepen my knowledge on a strategic level in two different industries that excited me most: TMT & automotive.

Bertelsmann particularly attracted me due to its industry positioning as well as the strong corporate values and positive mindset the firm and its employees conveyed to me. As my team – “Bertelsmann Corporate Network”, a part of the Group Controlling & Strategy department – i.a. was responsible for strategic links and the initiation of cross-divisional projects, I was able to get in contact with the entirety of Bertelsmann’s corporate divisions which made my job quite diverse depending on the prioritized project.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
One of the most challenging and at the same time rewarding tasks I experienced was of private nature: climbing the Mt. Rinjani on the island of Lombok. It took our hiking group two days to reach the summit – i.e. about 3,800m above sea level and you practically start walking at +/-0m as its located on an island. Even though you would have to walk through the night to make it to the top by 5:00am, watching the sunrise on the summit together with my friends was one of the most intriguing and enjoyable moments to me until today.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
In general, I would argue that Bertelsmann to me is a highly culture-driven corporation which means its employees operate within the scope of values which include partnership, creativity, entrepreneurship and citizenship. Besides this I would recommend appearing collegial, friendly & respectful and at the same time eager, courageous & as a “positive challenger” during your time at Bertelsmann.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
Describing a typical day during my internship would be quite hard due to various tasks I was involved in during my internship within BCN. However, some of my regular tasks included preparing documents for strategic workshops as well as conducting research regarding various industry trends or management approaches, e.g. I had to draft a presentation for the concept of “co-opetition/frenemies” at Bertelsmann.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
First of all, I will obtain my Master degree in about two years’ time from now. Besides Generation Y buzzwords that I would like to “make an impact” – to me, as a business student, pursuing a career in a strategy-related profession where I would be exposed to industry developments and I’d have the chance to constantly acquire new knowledge together with a team of inspiring and motivated colleagues would constitute one potential job scenario that I’d highly appreciate. Typically, such a setup might either be found in management consulting, or likewise in a corporate strategy division of a firm such as Bertelsmann.

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