Hi Ann-Christin! When did you join bonprix and what exactly do you do here?
I started working here in October 2014 as part of a dual degree in Business Administration. I’m now in my 3rd semester.
So you’re doing a dual degree programme. What does it entail?
A dual degree lasts 3 ½ years and at the end of it you have a Bachelor of Science, which is internationally recognised. A dual degree means you alternate between theory and praxis. The theory is taught at university in ten week blocks. Nine of those are lectures and the final week is reserved for exams. I’ve already worked in four departments as part of my practical experience: Marketing, Visual Merchandising, Purchasing and Online Marketing.
What do you believe are the advantages of a dual degree programme?
The praxis side allows me to network and find out how different departments work. You also learn about the business’s different systems and are delegated your first small projects. It gives me an opportunity to work in a structured manner and take on responsibility. When it comes to the theory, it’s great that we have a lecturer with a business background and hands-on experience. My university is really modern with a brilliant campus. You can also sign up for language courses or tutorials if you want to. It’s interesting meeting fellow students from other companies too. Their experiences have definitely shown me what a reliable and progressive employer bonprix is.
What have been the highlights at bonprix so far?
The best thing about bonprix is the welcoming environment and my colleagues. I love the fact bonprix believes in flat hierarchies too. Another highlight was the grand opening of the new canteen, and being allowed backstage at the Maite Kelly show when I was working in the Brand & Advertising department.
Are you planning on going abroad as part of your degree at bonprix?
Yes, I have two stints abroad in the pipeline. One is an internship. You have the option of going to Brazil, the US or Europe. I’ve decided to go to Jacksonville in 2017 and do an internship at Venus, our swimwear brand. I would also like to spend a semester abroad, maybe in the US too, which both Nordakademie and bonprix support.