What does a typical day at BMW entail for you?
Zoe: A normal day in the office for me is never the same. Normally I would be dealing with incoming emails regarding the BMW, MINI and Motorrad direct stores. I manage the appearance, listings and any necessary alterations to these sites on a daily basis. I also organise upcoming offers and sales for the sites (e.g. Black Friday and Christmas sales) meaning I am often in close contact with the Aftersales Digital Marketing Team. It’s great being able to analyse the sales that are made through these sites on a weekly basis – for example I launched a ‘Summer Luggage Sale’ during my first month, taking advantage of the summer holidays!
Henry: The days vary greatly within the BMW Finance team. There are a set number of core tasks that I deal with on a daily basis, as well as a number of daily ad-hoc requests. I work with all of the teams within Finance to provide extra help on any tasks they may have, including: Operational Finance, Overheads, Consolidation and Reporting and Profit Controlling. This allows me to get a good understanding of all areas of finance, and to see how each function is dependent on the others. The first week of each month is always the busiest with a number of month-end related tasks.
What do you hope to gain from the BMW Student Placement over the next year?
Zoe: Firstly, I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to work at BMW, so over the next year I am adamant that I am going to grab every opportunity available. I am hoping to develop across the board including communication, computer and negotiation skills, as well as build my confidence within the work place. Over the year I am also hoping to experience a day within each department by shadowing several different managers. I feel this will broaden my opportunities and understanding of what I want to do after finishing University.
Henry: I hope to gain a wealth of knowledge and transferable skills that I will be able to take forward into my final year of University, and then hopefully into a Graduate or Speed-Up position within the company. I would also like to gain a greater insight into different areas of such a large company to see how different departments work together and communicate with each other. This would provide some context to the theories and concepts that I have learnt at University. Most importantly, I want to enjoy the placement and take full advantage of all the opportunities available to me.