What did you do after that?
Jana Sipkova: After that I went to Bratislava, where I spent a month with a regional manager, before moving over to Billa Slovakia in Bratislava in November 2021. There I was able to take on a country-specific project and decided to focus on marketing our private label brands. During those four months, there was a strict lockdown due to COVID, which meant that I unfortunately didn’t get to experience much of the routine office life. Nevertheless, I gained many important insights into this part of the retail world. I analysed the current status of private label brands in the country and prepared some initial steps for further development.
After that, I went back home to the Czech Republic for two months, where I was able to gain some insight into strategy and project management, and e-commerce. For my three months at the headquarters in Cologne, I chose sustainability projects at PENNY in order to gain additional experience of this business division. The trainee programme concludes with a focus phase in which you are gradually trained for your future job. For me, this will be in project management in the strategy department at Billa CEE in Wiener Neudorf.