The admission procedure
Applicants undergo a multi-stage selection process. The application documents submitted online were required to provide information not only on academic performance, but also on work experience, periods spent abroad, voluntary work and the covering of business topics. An online intelligence test then put our verbal, mathematical and abstract-thinking skills to the test. Those who did well in the first two rounds advanced to the final round: a one-day assessment center. There, we went through various stations: Presentation, group work, interview. In between, we had the opportunity to talk to trainee alumni and learn more about the options the graduate program offers. Regardless of how the day would have turned out for me – it was worth it, because I met some great people there!
Onboarding and first assignment
In the Future Leaders graduate program, we have a total of seven people in the 2022 cohort: three work in Data Analytics, three in "my" track, Creative Management, and one person is completing the Business track. During onboarding, we grew close together through various team-building measures and were able to get to know Bertelsmann better through presentations and conversations with employees. Last but not least, it was about our individual development and, of course, basic business knowledge.
After onboarding, I went to my first station at Penguin Random House (PRH) in Munich. For four months, I was able to accompany the teams working on strategic market analyses and innovation topics for the book market. In addition to my diverse tasks – I was able to work on innovation topics, further develop a digital business model for PRH, and also support a strategic market research project – I was particularly impressed by the corporate culture. I was able to use the lunch breaks and the lively lunch culture to meet colleagues from other teams and learn more about the publishing group. After initially finding the combination of new city, new team and new tasks challenging, I felt like I had fully arrived after just one month.