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IKEA Trainee Program:

The leg up to start up

Motivated? Talented? Creative? A future leader?
Are you always looking to improve, challenge the status quo and come up with new solutions?
If the answer is yes, the 12-month IKEA Trainee Program is a great opportunity for you to show us and yourself what you can do: your personality is the key. We like to give our trainees responsibility early on, which helps us to develop together.

IKEA offers numerous ways for you to build your career. It’s up to you to discover them.

Get inspired by the interesting stories of Chantal, Sandra and Alain who have accomplished our Trainee Program:
I have studied Business Administration at the University Lucerne and the University of Berne. Beside my studies, I did several part-time jobs and also worked in the Marketing-Controlling. In all those years, I gained lots of analytical and organizational skills. I also realised that I needed a job where I would be able to work together with different people. Motivation and support in people’s development is the key issue for me to make a job interesting, varied and challenging. The IKEA Trainee Program caught my interest from the moment I heard about it as it gives young people the chance to take on responsibility and lead people from early on. On top of that, I am excited about the IKEA concept and culture. I always wanted to work in a dynamic company where challenging the status quo is part of everyday. With the IKEA Trainee Program I passed a well founded training. I have gained an overview of IKEA and the various sectors such as Sales, Logistics and Communication & Interior Design. Especially in Sales, I got a deep knowledge and was supported and coached by experienced managers. All those experiences, as well as the valuable networks, will help me to cope successfully with my future job as a Team Leader in the bedroom department. Personally, I can recommend this IKEA Trainee Program to everyone who likes challenges and who is looking for new or better solutions day by day. In IKEA, especially in Sales, everyday is different and therefore a trainee should bring a lot of energy and a positive attitude towards change with him. Of course, dealing with customers and making them satisfied, as well as leading people, should belong to your nature in order to complete the traineeship and all future jobs in IKEA with success and joy."

After my apprenticeship as a graphic designer and a one-year internship at an advertising agency, I studied International Design Management at the University of Applied Science in Luzern. After this I applied for a job at IKEA because I am a big fan of their Scandinavian-style furniture and I loved the idea of being involved in something I can fully support. Simultaneously, I was interested in the big opportunity of leading and motivating a group of people. The trainee year is a very exciting year and the time flies by extremely fast. During the first part of the year, I was like a sponge – taking in as much information as possible. Towards the end of the year I started to distill and apply the collected information, while still learning. Also, I was trying to find out my own personal way of handling things, because even though at IKEA everyone shares the same concept, everyone still has their own way of applying it. That is one of the reasons why I appreciate IKEA as an employer. As of January 2012, I will take the position as a Team Leader in the lighting and the home organization department in the Lyssach Store. I can recommend this IKEA Trainee Program to people who want to deepen their knowledge in Sales and who are interested in leading people. They should be eager to learn things and appreciate a busy and fast moving work environment."

I grew up in Lugano in Canton Ticino. After high school, I decided to move to Zurich where I started my studies in Economics and Business Administration. I have always loved travelling, so after graduation I decided to go for seven months to Southeast Asia and Australia, where I could improve my English skills and learn more about other cultures. During my time at the university, I worked part time as a promoter team leader in different events such as musical festivals, sport events and several trade fairs throughout Switzerland. During this time I realized that working in a team close to other people was very important to me. I was looking for a job characterized by a warm and friendly atmosphere, which provides me every day different tasks and challenges. That is exactly what I found at IKEA. It seems like yesterday that I started the IKEA Trainee Program at IKEA St. Gallen and one year is almost over! From the very beginning, I immediately felt at ease and welcomed. During the one-year trainee program I had the opportunity to learn something new and interesting every day. Already after two months traineeship I could lead four people and I was fully responsible for my business area. That was something new for me and motivated me a lot! The traineeship is mostly focused on Sales, but it gives you also the chance to take a look at the other fields such as Communication & Interior Design and Logistics. At the end of the program you can choose the field that best suits your features. I am confident that the traineeship has given me the right knowledge, which will help me in my new job as Team Leader in the kitchen & dining department and in my further development within IKEA. I think that if you are motivated, open-minded, humble (able to admit your mistakes and learn from them) and willing to take responsibilities, you will have huge possibilities to develop!"