Christoph Diebenbusch is Burda’s HR director and has been working in HR for 20 years. In this interview, he provides some exclusive tips on how to turn an application into a job offer.
In 2010, having completed her studies in “Business Networking and E-Business”, Camilla Rösch came across a fascinating opportunity at Burda: a 12-month Crossmedia Trainee Programme (as it was then known) that prepared young people for professional life. A few weeks later, the technophile graduate joined the Business Solutions department at Burda Digital Systems as a trainee with the Application Development team. Six years later, she’s still part of the department – but now she’s the manager.
The 30-year-old project manager leads a team of seven developers who map company processes via software systems using innovative front-end technologies suitable for all end devices.
The trainee programme: a springboard
The trainee programme was a great way to start professional life with Burda. “From the outset, stints in different company departments and joint training sessions provided a good company network that helps me to this day”, says Rösch.
She began as a junior project manager in the Business Solutions department, managing subprojects and supporting the team leaders. “I was soon given more responsibility. I took on my own projects, provided independent customer support and grew into my role as a project and team manager. Fascinating tasks offered constant challenges and encouragement”, she says.
Alongside seminars on specialist topics, she found the training on personal development and leadership skills to be particularly valuable. “I have completed the GO! and LEAD! development programmes and gained a lot from both. The seminars made me aware of my own strengths and weaknesses.”
Trying things out and realising ideas
Rösch values both her great team and the freedom given to employees. “No two days are the same here. You can simply try things out and implement your own ideas”, she says. The flexible working conditions also play a major role for Rösch, who spends two hours a day commuting to and from Offenburg.
So what careers advice would she give to young colleagues? “Be open to new challenges, stay curious and network.”