Graduates blog

Starting in Arla as a PMG – How has it been?

Our new 2020 PM Graduates Laura, Mathilde and Sam reflected on their first months in the business and shared their experience on how the start of their Arla journey has been so far.


Introduction Week, Development & Moving abroad

Sam Vickers, 1st Rotation at Aylesbury Dairy

The introduction week was an incredibly exciting and welcomed experience, it provided the great opportunity to explore Aarhus and see the global head office. Additionally, the week provided the perfect opportunity to meet the other graduates who were just as eager to start their ‘Arla journey’. Throughout the week, we learned all about the Arla culture and questioned ourselves and motivations with extremely interesting activities such as Hogan leadership assessments. Furthermore, we had the great pleasure of meeting with key functions within Arla and understanding the current Arla strategies and future direction within the dairy supply chain. Overall, it was a fantastic week and provided a large amount of motivation for me to make value added change in the company going forward.

Laura Lukos, 1st Rotation at Stourton Dairy

The programme provides plenty of opportunities to develop yourself – from having a senior VP as a mentor, to insightful training weeks and a great community of graduates to learn from. I have all the tools to develop my key areas or learn something new! Since starting, I’ve learnt how to use Power BI, AutoCAD and I’ve even had to improve my understanding of VBA.

But it’s not just the programme that promotes learning! Within Arla there are a variety of opportunities to learn – such as the annual learning week where you can learn about the wonderful world of finance or the trends in the dairy market, or inspirational webcast series like “The Secrets of Success” with a variety of inspirational speakers, such as the astronaut Steven Smith.


Mathilde Auvray, 1st Rotation at Oswestry Packing site

Moving abroad can be taken as well as a challenge as well as an opportunity as challenge and opportunity are not opposite, it’s going together from my point of view.

What you always need to remind is to keep open minded to all the thing and behaviour you are going to discover, and learn from all your stakeholders in your work and personal life as there is always some learnings to take. Then, in your work this is how you could have a positive impact by adding your own knowledge to your learnings and take the best from the two way of working and cultures habits.

When you move abroad, in terms of your personal life a lot of changes are going to occur and you will probably have to face unexpected situation such as quarantine with the covid for example. Shared house and having house mate is one of the easiest way to meet people when you move to a foreign country and it is very good particularly in covid situation where it is quite hard to meet people outside your house.

Moving abroad will definitely help you to grow and make you more adaptable and flexible. It is also very exciting to discover new things and customs, coming from France for example starting an after work at 3.30pm on Friday is not common but I quite enjoy it. On the other hand, I also found that days end quite early in England but we don’t have a lunch break as long as in France, less time to socialise with your colleagues at lunch but more time for your personal life after work. The most important is to find the right balance for yourself.

Mathilde Auvray

PMG Graduate 2020

Location: Oswestry Dairy, UK

Department: Production/Maintenance/PTD

Sam Vickers

PMG Graduate 2020

Location: Aylesbury Dairy, UK

Department: Process department

Laura Lukos

PMG Graduate 2020

Location: Stourton Dairy, UK

Department: Engineering department