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What Does A HR Learning & Transformation Intern At L’Oréal Do?

The definition of an intern is ‘’the position of a student or trainee who works in an organization, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification’’. At L’Oréal the definition of an intern is that and more, it’s someone who takes a position in a role which they may have no experience in, grabs the opportunity with both hands, faces challenges full on and learns and transforms within the role. An apt definition for Pierre who is ‘learning and transforming’ in his position as HR Learning and Transformation Intern. Find out all about his development at L’Oréal and why testing and learning is better than not acting at all.

Tell us more about yourself:

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Why did you choose L’Oréal?

What are your key responsibilities?

Describe your team

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What is the coolest part about working in HR transformation?

“Until the 50s, most of the basketball players shot free throws in the underhand style. One day someone arrived and shot for the first time in the overhand style. Most of players have probably made a mockery of him as his technique was abnormal. However his technique produced better average results and is now used by every player in the world.”

Working in change management requires you to be able to question habits. You should not set your ways of working by tradition, mimetism, or even lack of time. Working in change management invites you to think about your true objectives, to question your ways of working and to look around you to understand how others run. This is what I like most about HR transformation.

What has been the biggest challenge you have faced since you arrived to L’Oréal?

To promote a start-up mindset and culture of innovation, we invited a start-up to work in our building for two weeks. They decided to organize in our office all the teambuilding they usually did in their own office space. One of them focused on food, and they insisted on having homemade brie stuffed with truffle cream! Fortunately the L’Oréal chef accepted the challenge :)

What’s the best advice to succeed you have got since you joined L’Oréal?

Someone told me “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission’’. What surprised me was that this person was a member of the Management Committee!

3 fun facts about you

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On my first day at L’Oréal, I arrived late, soaked, and got stuck in the stairwell… What a bad first impression…

I am a genuine cordon bleu.

Are you inspired by Pierre’s story? Why not check out our opportunity to be the next HR Learning and Transformation Intern working or our other fantastic opportunities as a HR intern or apprentice, here:

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