Once Upon A Grad

ABOUT LÉA

How did you end up at Groupe Dynamite?

After I graduated, I worked in a recruitment firm for a few months. From that experience, I learned that I loved working in recruitment, but that I wanted to do it in a corporate environment. I have also always wanted to work in the fashion industry. Plus, when I found out that Groupe Dynamite had a grad program, I knew I needed to be a part of it.

Can you briefly describe your academic background?

I completed a Bachelor’s of Commerce with a concentration in Human Resources at UQAM.

What was the highlight of your grad experience?

The highlight of my experience was making friends in the program, getting to meet a lot of people from the business in different departments, networking and being able to use these connections in my career at Groupe Dynamite.

What is your current role at Groupe Dynamite and what does it entail?

I am a Campus Recruiter. I take care of the recruitment for the Graduate Rotational Program and some of the Summer Internship Program. I also do campus events and host networking and recruiting events. On top of that, I also take care of integrating the new grads and managing the new cohorts.

What do you enjoy most about working on the graduate program?

The part I enjoy most is meeting new, young talent and helping them launch their career and develop throughout the year.

So far, what are you most proud of?

Seeing grads I have hired being happy in their roles and succeeding in their careers.

ADVICE FOR FUTURE GRADS

What advice would you give a young grad who would like to work at GD?

I would advise students to try and get some retail experience while they are still in school. Having this experience helps future grads understand the retail business from the ground up and we value that. More importantly, however, we like people that are passionate, self-starters and willing to always grow and evolve in the fashion industry.

As a young grad, how did you feel supported at Groupe Dynamite?
What opportunities does the company have to offer upcoming graduates?

I felt supported by my Managers and Directors and was happy to have been given that trust and guidance. When I started in my role, I was quickly given projects where my opinion mattered and where I felt like my voice was being heard!

In your opinion, what sets Groupe Dynamite apart from other companies?

What sets us apart is the power we give to the younger generation. Your ideas will be heard and valued and you have the power to make a difference and put your stamp on things.

 

Springing into recruitment

Although the holiday season is most likely the retail industry’s busiest time of year, our recruitment team actually has to hustle most in spring.

We have two programs for what we like to call “emerging talent”, which comprises students and recent graduates: our Summer Internship Program and our Graduate Rotational Program. We actually take on graduates two or three times a year for the GRP, but when spring comes around and we’re hiring for both programs at once, it’s like the perfect storm… Case in point: we’re adding 50 young talents to the GD team this summer (and we couldn’t be more excited!).

You might be asking yourself where we find all of these talented individuals. Our recruitment team is very active in student life; you’ll find our people at career fairs, retail conferences, on judging panels for various fashion competitions, etc. We even host two recruitment cocktails at our Head Office every year! You simply cannot miss us.

If you’re interested in working for Groupe Dynamite one day, don’t hesitate to ask your school’s career advisors when GD is planning on coming to your college or university. If you’re studying in a business or fashion-related program, odds are we’ll cross paths!

At Groupe Dynamite, we are proud to support young talent and it warms our hearts to see the number of applicants grow year after year. Thank you to all who applied to our Summer Internship and Graduate Rotational programs. Although this recruitment season is almost over, we’re around all year. So come say hi because we can’t wait to meet you.

See you soon!