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ALDI

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Brodan

The diverse backgrounds of our Area Manager team is one of ALDI’s greatest strengths

1. What is your background and what did you study?

My dual degree in Law and Commerce (majoring in finance) at the University of Queensland helped me land work in banks, professional service firms and law firms throughout my studies. I chose to study such a broad degree because I had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated, but I never imagined I would end up working at ALDI.

2. What does a typical day as a grad look like?

There is no such thing as a typical day as an ALDI Graduate, and that’s what I loved about the Graduate Program! Whether you’re running a store, working in a regional department, or developing contacts at our Corporate Head Office in Sydney, every day brings an exciting new challenge.

3. Could someone with a different background do your job?

Absolutely. The diverse backgrounds of our Area Manager team are one of ALDI’s greatest strengths. As long as you have the ability to stay cool-headed, think on your feet and solve complex problems, anybody can be an Area Manager.

4. What’s the coolest thing about your job?

I’m probably one of the only graduates in Australia that can say they have had the opportunity to gain insights and work in every role within the company they are employed by. At ALDI, that exposure included going into “The Chocolate Room” with some of our Buying Assistants – and yes, it was as amazing as it sounds.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

The Area Manager role is not a 9-5 job.  It can be quite demanding at times; big hours, early mornings, late nights, weekend work, and even a possibility that you might be required to relocate. While the work isn’t for everyone, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

6. What 3 pieces of advice would you give your student self?

  • Use your free time wisely – you won’t be working 3 days a week forever.
  • Make a plan and stick to your deadlines – procrastinating doesn’t bode well in the workplace.
  • Shop at ALDI – throughout my studies, I was definitely a convenience shopper. As there were no ALDIs within walking distance of my university accommodation, I spent a small fortune shopping with other retailers.

7. What is your favourite ALDI product?

Easy question, our Brownie Bites! I was warned about these delicious snacks by my mentor on my first day with the company but obviously didn’t heed the warning. Now I can easily eat 1-2 packs a day.