Nathalia Liendo, Finance

Q&A with a Graduate from our Spring 2016 Graduate Rotational Program.

Q1: Before beginning your experience with us, what did you hope to gain from the Graduate Rotational Program? What were your expectations?

I knew that it was going to be a very busy 8 weeks, but full of projects and valuable lessons.

Q2: What were some key lessons that you learnt during the program’s 8 weeks?

The fashion industry changes constantly and it’s surprising to see at which level the departments maintain their stability and continue to collaborate, despite these changes. Everything is interrelated.

Q3: Which job surprised you the most?

Working in the Distribution Centre. It’s incredible to see the amount of orders we receive and how they’re handled! Having studied logistics and operations management, the experience was truly exciting and inspiring. 

Q4: Which project or accomplishment are you most proud of?

I loved working on a project with the Regional Product Intelligence (RPI) team. It was a very realistic experience that made me feel like I was in the shoes of an RPI specialist! I attended conference calls with different stores to further analyze the performance of certain styles. It was very gratifying. 

Q5: How was your integration at Groupe Dynamite?

Before starting the rotations, we benefited from two weeks of integration with all 21 graduates. This allowed us to create strong bonds with each other, and I immediately felt reassured. We became like a small family!

Q6: What would you say to someone who is interested in the Graduate Rotational Program but won’t dare apply for it?

No one should hesitate to apply for this! It’s really an amazing experience. I think it’s the best way to expose yourself to the company’s vision. The more we get to know the company, the better we can perform in this industry.

Q7: How would you describe the mentors’ role? How have they influenced your experience at Groupe Dynamite?

The mentors are very involved. They are so passionate about their work, making the experience that much more rewarding. They know how to pique our curiosity and this makes us want to learn even more. 

Q8: What important lesson did you learn from a mentor? Do you think it will be useful in your career?

Think before you act and do one thing at a time. Because we are in the process of learning, there is a strong desire to want to understand things quickly and to participate in every single project. I learnt the importance of having an overall perspective of projects in which I am involved, but making sure to concentrate on one thing at time.

Mini Survey

  1. Your mentor/person who inspires you: My parents! 
  2. Your favourite clothing item/accessory: My rings because they each represent a special stage in my life. 
  3. One place in Montreal where we would run into you: Either at an ice cream shop or a Chinese restaurant
  4. Your style icon: Classic one: Coco Chanel!
  5. Your favourite trend right now: Ripped jeans and cold shoulder t-shirt 
  6. Your dream destination: Hawaii
  7. The word you use most often: OMG!
  8. In high school, you dreamt of becoming… a doctor 🙂 
  9. To take your mind off of things, you… listen to some good Latin music and relax. 
  10. Your guilty pleasure: Dairy Queen ice cream, especially the cheesecake Blizzard, yummy!

Click here to learn more about our Graduate Rotational Program.

Click here to read our Q&A with Helena Dalamagas, a Mentor from our Graduate Rotational Program.

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