„I really wanted to see what it’s like to work for a corporation, and I knew that this was not your typical corporate job. You’re basically a free radical in the physics of the company, and you travel the world looking for new business.“
Bertelsmann Future Leaders Business
From numbers to values: Make your move.
Our Future Leaders Graduate Program offers you the perfect opportunity to think about and act on innovative business models shaping the future of our media, services, and education businesses. Work on projects matching your professional background, interest, and strengths. Get a glimpse of entrepreneurship while expanding your network and get to know innovative, creative people in an international setting.
The Business track of our graduate program includes mentoring by Corporate Management Development and divisional leaders. If you combine superior relationship-building and collaborative skills with an ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders, our program offers excellent opportunities for your professional development.
Join our Business Graduate Program and you will
- Turn your creative ideas into reality
- Develop your own business concepts and strategies
- Gain international work experience
- Expand your international network
- Enjoy individual career coaching
- Grow through targeted training
- Know what it takes to become an entrepreneur
International work experience
Global network and community
Individual career coaching and targeted trainings
Excellent career prospects
What you should bring to be a Business Future Leader
- MBA or equivalent graduate degree and 3 to 5 years of relevant work experience
- Proven entrepreneurial experience displayed in a business initiative or large project
- Leadership skills and demonstrated affinity for media
- Ability to communicate with top management in English
- Geographic flexibility, as projects are located throughout the world
At a glance
- Application period: Fall 2022
- Start: Fall 2023
- Duration: 18 months
- Language: English
„Business today is a worldwide arena. At Bertelsmann, I’ve been fortunate to work across borders from Beijing to Berlin, London to Los Angeles on complex, creative, and entrepreneurial initiatives that both strengthen the core business and push new frontiers for one of the world’s most enduring and recognized companies.“
The application process
Have your first interview with HR
Come back for a second interview with a senior executive
Receive our offer by the end of the year
Bertelsmann Future Leaders | Business
Which divisions will I get to know as a Business trainee?
In contrast to a traditional graduate program, there is no predefined path through the divisions. Generally, you can choose your rotations, but of course, we make sure that you can work on an exciting project in the division you wish to go to during the period in question. We will be happy to support you in choosing your stations and let you know about the jobs available to you within the Group on your way to becoming an entrepreneur.
What are the career prospects for Business trainees?
Whether you are looking for a future in business development, marketing, Tech & Data or Mergers & Acquisitions: our aim is to develop you into a manager and entrepreneur who leads a department or a major project – preferably one that you initiated yourself.
Does the Business track offer theory as well as practice?
First and foremost, you will be learning on the job. However, Bertelsmann University offers a great array of formats and learning platforms that will help you grow and shape the future.