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Danny Matthews

Danny's one-year paid work experience placement led to his first job.

BA (Hons) Business Management

I have never looked back.

Danny Matthews

What brought you to study at Teesside?

For me, studying business at Teesside was a last-minute decision, but I’ve never looked back. One of the features of the course that particularly attracted me was the option of a one-year work placement.

What was the course like?

I took University work seriously, and in my second year I also made time to find a valuable placement role. I worked my way through the Times Top 100 firms, and really identified whether the company could offer me a placement with responsibility and importantly, career options. In the end I had ten interviews, and three firms offered me a placement. My heart, and head, was definitely with international retailer Lidl after a great application experience.

What was the placement like?

During my placement I was based in one of the firm’s regional offices, in Newton Aycliffe. After 10 weeks of basic training, I managed to experience roles in sales, logistics and in property management, alongside a project management role. My placement really offered me the eye opening experience into the wider world and into the retail sector, ultimately helping me to make my decision of where I wanted to start my career.

What are you doing now?

After I had finished a my placement and my degree, I returned to Lidl as a graduate developing lots of skills and experiences along the way. In 2015, I took on the role of graduate recruitment manager at Lidl and have since progressed to head up the student recruitment area of Lidl UK based in London. I am now responsible for strategically planning and directing all of our on campus activities, media and application process for all student and graduate programmes.

How has your time at Teesside University benefited you?

My experience at Teesside and crucially on my placement year really helped me to grow as a person, developing lots of skills, knowledge and networks along the way. Without these life changing experiences, I wouldn’t have had the opportunities that I have had to grow as a person and progress quickly within a truly international business.