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ALDI

4.0
  • > 100,000 employees

Carson

I love the challenge that the job brings

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

I grew up in Western Sydney where I spent most of my childhood and younger schooling years. At the age of fourteen, I relocated to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland with my family and have been there ever since. I studied Law, Business, English, Mathematics and Information Technology in my final school years whilst completing a Certificate 2 and Certificate 3 in Retail Management through McDonald's.

I graduated from school and decided to take a management position at McDonald's. I also decided I wanted to study Law and got accepted into a law degree. Six weeks into the course, I realised it was definitely not for me! I changed my degree to a Bachelor of Business and chose two majors; one in Management and one in Human Resource Management. I spent the next two and a half years progressing through my degree and working part-time in management.

I applied for ALDI in my final year at the University of the Sunshine Coast and started my position as a Graduate Area Manager in February of 2018. I consider it to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and I have not looked back since.

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

I don’t think there is a typical day as such. The graduate program is very structured and exposes you to the broader business which means you learn a lot about different departments. You spend time in Store Operations, Property, Safety, Warehouse, Purchasing and with established Area Managers learning their role. I would say that in the role of Area Manager you spend most days visiting stores, having meaningful discussions with your teams, recruiting new employees, and enjoying tackling the day-to-day challenges that arise. Each day is just as enjoyable as the last, it also helps to have a good sense of humour and optimism.

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

Absolutely! There are so many different Area Managers and Area Manager Graduates that have unique backgrounds from Law to Engineering to Business and everything in-between. This job is about your ability in leadership and leading teams. You have to be people-focused too; without our people, we wouldn’t be successful and that’s the same in this business as it is in any business. If you are passionate, motivated, optimistic, have a strong work ethic, people-focused, and care about leadership then this career might just be the right one for you.

4. What is the coolest thing about your job?

I love the challenge that the job brings. Throughout the program, seeing the varied roles across the business in different departments showcased the different challenges we all face every single day. It also illustrated the strength and resilience of each person in the business to find a solution and overcome those challenges. As you get exposed to more and more challenges, you refine your decision making and then get thrown something completely new you have never seen before and it’s your job to overcome it. As an Area Manager, you are surrounded by a strong culture that gives you support with even the most difficult situations. I am fortunate that I have excellent store teams, directors and colleagues that have helped me navigate some unique experiences and encounters in my time at ALDI and also challenge me to be a better version of myself every single day.

5. What are the limitations of your job?

Being an Area Manager in a retail business means long hours, time pressures, late nights, early mornings and weekend work. If you have strong time management and are able to prioritise effectively, you will be able to manage, control, and work these limitations into your working week. The results though are definitely worth it and you can succeed in creating a positive and stable work-life balance.

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

  • Enjoy the time you have at university! It is a great opportunity to learn, network, challenge, and develop your skills and leadership. Make sure you have fun at the same time and don’t be afraid to follow what you are passionate about.
  • Make a work-life balance a high priority. Take the time out of each day or week to spend time with or call your family. Take that holiday you have been saving for and learn good time management. Utilise the tools available to manage your days and prioritise. Even though in most jobs and at university you need to work long hours, you can still achieve a great work-life balance despite this.
  • One of the best pieces of advice I ever received is to constantly be a student. You can easily fall into the trap of complacency even when there is so much to learn. You will never know everything, however, you are likely to know someone who has the answer or can help to point you in the right direction.