I heard about this course through my Mam who brought me home one of the leaflets from the store. I applied for it on the internet and then I went through the selection process with Stephen Cahill.
Describe a typical day?
A typical day in the college part of the course is going to class in the Dublin Business School, studying and writing up assignments. There is no typical day in store really, each day and each shift comes with its own challenges. You can be doing anything from being on tills to sending out transfers to checking dates on foods and organising specials.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
The main task and responsibility is to drive revenue for the company whilst minimising loss.
What are the main challenges?
The main challenges for me personally are organisation and time management. When working for such a fast paced company such as Lidl, organisation and prioritising is key! It has been a learning curve for me to balance my time and duties efficiently but thankfully I have a great store manager that has really helped me hone my skills.
What's cool about working for Lidl is that they recognise potential when they see it. They try their best to get the most of their employees and they reward them well for all their hard work with good wages and promotion.
What's not so cool?
What is not so cool about working for Lidl is that sometimes the hours can be long and/or awkward but once you can get over this and put it down to life you see that there is a reason for everything. The hours can be unsocial but it’s for the good of the company and Lidl will always look after you as a staff member so it makes you feel like you are working towards something.
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
You need to be organised, diplomatic and being a people person is also very important. Not only do you need to be sociable and friendly to customers but also to your staff and colleagues as it just makes work a lot easier.