Livia Aschwanden completed mobilezone's first trainee programme with five other trainees. Today, she is responsible for the mobilezone Club as product manager.

Why did you apply for the trainee program at mobilezone?

After university, I was looking for an entry level position. I thought the job description for mobilezone was fascinating: an innovative company with flat hierarchies and dynamic way of working — that was just what I was looking for. I consciously wanted to work for a company that had stayed young and did not have a strict hierarchical organisation.


Can you tell us what your day as a trainee looked like?

I worked closely with the Manager Customer Experience. He was my line manager in everyday business. In addition, I was allowed to implement a personal project relevant to the department. I had various coaches at my side for this project and they helped me with its development and answered my questions. On top of this, I had a "godparent", a member of the management, who assisted me with strategic questions and with whom I could exchange information.


What did you like in particular?

The working climate really appealed to me. Irrespective of the professional position, everyone treated me as an equal from day one. I was taken seriously and was allowed to assume responsibility straight away. As a trainee, I was given important tasks and I had to take responsibility for my actions. This was really valuable for my professional development.


How did things progress for you after the trainee programme?

I was in contact with my godparent for the entire six months. We repeatedly talked about how things could proceed and communicated our mutual expectations. I was happy to receive signals early on that my work was appreciated. I was offered the position of a product manager shortly before the end of the trainee programme, which I accepted. Since the beginning of April 2021, I've been in charge of the mobilezone Club programme, among other things.


How do you unwind after work?

I like to unwind in the mountains: I test my limits hiking, climbing or with yoga. What I like about these sports is that you are training your entire body, while recuperating your energy at the same time. In addition, I enjoy engaging with my friends and family — sometimes in combination with exercise outdoors, too.