Rebecca Hurst

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Area Manager, Aldi UK & Ireland

After doing some research, Lancaster appealed to me firstly due to the programme content, as it offered a placement year, and secondly with the university’s proximity to the Lake District because I could pursue my hobbies, such as rock climbing.

What I most enjoyed about my degree programme was the variety of the modules that I could take. I did my industrial placement with Aldi, which ultimately allowed me to gain a place on their graduate scheme. My placement included six months working in store and six months working at the head office. It allowed me to experience something completely different from my time at uni.

The first area of the placement was Store Time, during which I filled two roles. The first part of my Store Time consisted of training and acting as a Store Assistant which involved shelf stacking, till work and working deliveries as they came into store. The second role that I moved on to in store was acting as an Assistant Store Manager which came with a high level of responsibility. I was involved in ordering stock for the store, dealing with paperwork, handling the safe and supervising staff.

The second area of my placement was centred at the head office where I helped and observed the work that was done in different departments. I had three weeks in Logistics (the warehouse side of things), two weeks in Admin and Finance, two weeks in Trading and I also had ongoing project work for Store Operations.

The highlight of the placement was in store, as I was given such a high level of responsibility and was trusted with important tasks such as the ordering, which was a vital part of running the store. My Store Manager actually allowed me to be the sole manager running the store on some days.

The LUMS Careers Team ultimately helped me secure my placement. Without their updates and Careers Fairs, I would not have been aware that Aldi ran an assessment centre on campus and would not have been so well-prepared without the help of their workshops and mock interviews.

I would summarise my time at Lancaster to be the best years of my life so far because there was so much to do and get involved in that I don’t think I was ever bored.