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Case Study: Camilla Henfrey

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Personal details
Degree:Classics: Latin & Greek Profile picture
School(s): School of Classics
Year of Graduation:Jun-2014
LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/camillahenfrey
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Aldi
Job title: Area Manager
Occupational Sector: Retail
What has been your route to getting your current position?
At the beginning of my final year I applied for the Aldi Area Manager Graduate Scheme. It was a very tough recruitment process, with over 12,000 people applying for around 80 jobs. The reason I wanted to apply for the Aldi graduate scheme was because it combined two of my main interests; retail and business management. During my four years at St Andrews I worked part-time in Superdrug and also acted as Company Director & Business Manager for The Saint Newspaper.
What does your job involve ?
As an Area Manager you oversee 3 or 4 Aldi supermarkets, acting as the link between head office and the shop floor. You are given a lot of responsibility very quickly, and do everything from recruiting to PR to meeting sales targets.
What are the best bits of your job ?
I love working with people, and I love a challenge. Everyday is different, which is what I wanted from a job. The Aldi Area Management Programme also offers the most competitive rewards and career progression out of all the other graduate programmes. It is a 5 year long programme so offers great job security.
Why were you successful?
As I mentioned above, my work at the student newspaper combined with my work at Superdrug was what made me stand out. I am a very driven person, and also very down to earth, and that came across well at interview.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Doing a Classics degree required great attention to detail - that is something that is very useful. It also taught me to look at the bigger picture, to consider the language in its context and look at the history and literature too, and that ability to take a step back is a great skill to have.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
The first year of the scheme is very hard work, but very well rewarded. The Aldi recruiters are looking for more than a degree, so it is essential to have other interests and other achievements outside the academic world.