Aldi MD, James Hutcheson, Gives Expert Career Advice To Lower Sixth

The College was delighted to welcome guest speaker, Mr James Hutcheson, Managing Director of Aldi UK, on Tuesday 27 June, to talk to our Lower Sixth students about degree placements, work experience and graduate careers.

Our Year 12s are of course in the midst of university open days and hopefully by now have a first draft of their personal statements underway, so Mr Hutcheson’s advice was timely, informative and constructive. He is more than a bit of an expert in this area having previously headed up Aldi’s Graduate Recruitment Programme. His presentation was full of useful advice on what employers were looking for and how to make yourself stand out.

A good degree remains one of the best routes into a rewarding career, but Mr Hutcheson highlighted the importance of enhancing future job applications with the right sort of placements, internships and work experience. He explained how such experiences would impress future employers, help students get onto a good graduate programme and ultimately make all the difference to their long term future and job satisfaction and enjoyment.

Aldi is recognised as a top graduate employer; they pay well to attract good candidates for a wide range of roles. They look for committed and resourceful young people and the ability to thrive in a fast paced environment. Evidencing these skills is important. Mr Hutcheson talked about how to prepare an application and showcased successful Aldi graduates who went from their graduate programme to director level in just six years.

Our Sixth Form students were impressed, Sixth Form Prefect Luke Dunkley said, “I thought today’s assembly was great and very informative. One of the best I have had this year.”

Kenny Owen, Business and Economics Teacher, said “James spoke passionately to the students about the competitive nature of the world of work and the need for them to differentiate themselves from others candidates when making applications. They are now more acutely aware of the importance of engaging in a range of extra activities and work placements to then ‘add value’ to their job applications in the years to come.”