ARE YOU AN AGILE LEARNER?

JOIN THE LEARNING MACHINE!

 

Become one of the next Sonae Contacto Trainees.

Beyond machine learning, we'll continue to be the Learning Machine. 

This year's Contacto Programme is a Tribute Edition to the principle that earned our reputation as a “learning organization” and fuelled our growth: learning to learn, faster and better.

So join this year’s Learning Expedition and enter a world of opportunities at Sonae Group.

Create a presentation about yourself (by following the provided template), and prepare to "pitch" yourself at the Assessment Day (5 minutes pitch). And don’t forget! Be CREATIVE!

 

ABOUT CONTACTO

Contacto is a traineeship programme, designed for the university community. It aims to identify and select young talented finalists of a master’s or bachelor’s degree (or recent graduates) to do a traineeship within Sonae Companies.

ACCESS TO THE BEST LEADERS

A good leader can be the most impactful driver in your career. In Sonae you will have the best leadership experience because you will not only be recruited by Business Leaders, as you will also have the opportunity of working in close contact with them during the whole internship.

DEVELOP AMBIDEXTROUS SKILLS

You will develop ambidextrous skills by learning not only to execute a function but also to master collaboration. During the Programme you will be challenged to solve/develop a strategic project for Sonae.

BUILD INTERNAL NETWORK

Contacto gives access to a vast internal network of people through the Programme’s allumni. You will have several moments to connect, develop relationships, work and learn together and these will accelerate the learning process and the dissemination of your talent within the company.

Application Period
(up to 6th of April)
Assessment Day
(17th of April)
Contacto Day
(29th of May)

SONAE'S WORLD

Discover more about Sonae’s world

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Rules

1. Introduction

Sonae Learning Expedition Challenge 2018 is a challenge run by Sonae Companies as part of the Contacto Programme, with the aim of attracting and selecting agile learners to be part of the 2018 Contacto Trainees.

An Agile Learner is someone who:

  • Is not afraid to say “I don’t know”
  • Is curious and open to different learning experiences
  • Sees the big picture and is able to think systemically
  • Has keen intellectual discernment and a strong practical sense;
  • Is empathic and has strong a collaboration spirit;

 

Participants are challenged to show they are able to learn from experiences, situations and people that cross their path, as well as to teach and share those learnings with others. Participants are invited to share what they have learnt, what they would like to learn, how they learn and what they can teach, without any restrictions of what these lessons are about (school, friends, family, dreams, adventures, interests, …).

The assessment of the challenge will value:

  • Curiosity and creativity;
  • Learning agility
  • The ability to learn from and teach others
  • Functional and cultural fit

These aspects will be more valued than Academic Background.

Final year undergraduate and/or Master´s students, as well as recent graduates should apply individually, showing their unique experience and perspective about the world we live in.

Sonae Contacto 2018 Programme will be implemented and delivered in English. All candidates are responsible for their level of English and that their participation in this process using this language is possible.

2. Participants

Sonae Learning Expedition 2018 is designed for final year Undergraduate or Master´s students of any subject from national and international universities. Recent graduates who finished their studies in the academic year of 2016/2017 are also eligible.

You should also have:

  • No more than 2 years of professional experience.
  • Proficiency in English, enabling relationships and day-to-day activities.
3. Registration

Participants must apply individually.

Step 1 - Register - Registration should be completed until April 6th, via registration on the Learning Expedition landing page (www.sonaelearningexpedition.com), where each participant must complete his/her profile and upload his/her photo and CV in English (in PDF format) to be considered eligible.

Step 2 – The CV must contain the expected final grade (CV counts for 50%).

Step 3 - Submit “Are you an Agile Learner?” challenge (application’s creativity and innovation counts for 50%) - Candidates will have to upload a PRESENTATION (pdf format). The idea is to be sent in DIGITAL FORMAT only, and must not exceed 10MB. If your file is greater than that, you can use the Small PDF (https://smallpdf.com) to reduce overall file size.

Applications lacking any of the elements mentioned in these rules or whose participants work for the Sonae Companies, will not be considered by the organizing committee or the competition jury.

4. Phases and step-by-step assessment

Phase 1 | Registration – March 23th – April 6th

During this phase, each participant should register and upload the materials specified in the previous bullet point (3. Registration).

The members of the jury from Sonae Companies will assess applications and select the participants for the next round of the Sonae Learning Expedition 2018.

The participants proceeding to the next round – Assessment Day – will be notified by email until April 12th.

 

Phase 2 | Assessment Day – April 17th

  • Dynamics

On the Assessment Day, each participant will be invited to participate in four moments:

SONAE PITCHES

Business Presentations about the Sonae World

INDIVIDUAL PITCHES

Candidates present themselves and share what “Learning Expedition” means to them

SCHEDULED INTERVIEWS

Private one-on-one moment between Business Leaders and Candidates. Interviews are scheduled before the Assessment Day.

GROUP DYNAMICS

Candidates are challenged to collaborate to solve dilemmas in a short period of time

CHILL-OUT INTERVIEWS

Private one-on-one moment between Business Leaders and Candidates. Interviews are booked by ‘invitation’ during the Assessment Day.

 

The work carried out during the day will be observed and commented on by the Sonae teams.

Following this day, Sonae will indicate which participants will be selected for traineeships and advance to the final phase of the Sonae Learning Expedition 2018. Sonae cannot guarantee that the company is the same one assigned in the challenge phase or that it is possible to respect the first choice of the candidate.

Sonae will inform finalists awarded with a Contacto Traineeship in one of the Sonae Companies by the beginning of May. Selected participants for a Contacto Traineeship will be notified by email.

 

Phase 3 | Contacto Day: May 29th

  • Dynamics

During Contacto Day, the final phase of the Sonae Learning Expedition Challenge, the selected Contacto Trainees will have the opportunity to meet again their Business Leaders at Sonae – people from Sonae companies with whom they will work through their Traineeship, as well as Sonae Companies Top Management.

5. Jury

The jury will be composed of a diverse group of Sonae members, thus ensuring the appropriate assessment of the criteria mentioned above.

6. Traineeships

Around 75 Contacto Traineeships in Sonae companies will be awarded as part of the Sonae Learning Expedition 2018. According to the assessments made during the competition, and taking into consideration the quality of the participants, more traineeships may be offered.

7. Intellectual property

Sonae will be entitled to the free use of the ideas, concepts and developments elaborated as part of the challenge and participants waive all claims on eventual rights.

8. Responsibility

In case of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure, Sonae companies cannot be held responsible for the cancellation, postponement or alterations made to the competition.

Should the rules be broken, or in the event of any unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances with repercussions for the fairness or integrity of the competition, the organizing committee reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend the competition.

This right is reserved for the case of unforeseen circumstances of a human nature as well as those involving technical errors.

Should a solution which acceptably re-establishes the competition’s integrity not be found, the organizing committee also reserves the right to choose the candidates to be awarded Contact Traineeships, bearing in mind the assessment carried out until the point of cancellation, or to alter or suspend the competition at any stage.

Should there be any illegitimate attempt to influence results, or any reason to believe that a participant could be compromising the integrity of the competition, the jury reserves the right to disqualify the participant and ban him/her from any future event organized by Sonae Companies.

9. Exclusion

The Sonae Learning Expedition 2018 organizing committee reserves the right to exclude proposals submitted during the competition.

10. Acceptance of the regulations

Participation in the Sonae Learning Expedition 2018 implies the full acceptance of the terms and conditions stipulated in this document.

11. Concession of image rights

Participants agree to the free concession of rights to use their image captured in photos or film footage during the competition. They also authorize their reproduction, publication, alteration, use or re-use in the national and international media which the Sonae Companies might use, directly or indirectly, via third parties, to publicize, announce or promote their activities and this or other events.

12. Notes

Consideration of omissions not dealt with in these terms and conditions is the responsibility of the organizing committee for the Sonae Learning Expedition 2018.

In the case of omissions in these terms and conditions the organizing committee will be responsible for deliberating the procedures.

13. Contact

In case of doubt or to solve any matters related to this competition, candidates may email the organizing committee at: youngtalent@sonae.pt.

ARE YOU AN
AGILE LEARNER?

AN AGILE LEARNER IS SOMEONE WHO:

  • Is not afraid to say "I don’t know"
  • Is curious and open to different learning experiences
  • Sees the big picture and is able to think systemically
  • Has keen intellectual discernment and a strong practical sense
  • Is empathic and has a strong a collaboration spirit

CHALLENGE

Show us that you are an Agile Learner and join the Learning Machine!

Are you curious about exploring new paths? Do you continuously look for ways to improve yourself? Do you value feedback and believe that you can teach too?

Create a presentation about yourself (by following the provided template), and prepare to “pitch” yourself at the Assessment Day (5 minutes pitch). One more thing: the presentation must be sent in PDF format*.

And don’t forget! Be CREATIVE!

 

*You can send up to 10 MB. If your file is greater than 10 MB, you can use the Small PDF (https://smallpdf.com) to reduce overall file size.

ARE YOU AN
AGILE LEARNER?

AN AGILE LEARNER IS SOMEONE WHO:

  • Is not afraid to say "I don’t know"
  • Is curious and open to different learning experiences
  • Sees the big picture and is able to think systemically
  • Has keen intellectual discernment and a strong practical sense
  • Is empathic and has a strong a collaboration spirit

SUBMIT

STEP 1
Register
You should register until 6th of April at our platform, by fulfilling your profile.
STEP 2
Upload your CV in English (PDF format)
Upload your CV in English (PDF format).
STEP 3
Submit "Are you an Agile Learner?" challenge

You should upload the challenge (pdf format) in the ‘Presentation Letter’ field.
(the pdf must not exceed 10MB; if your file is greater than that, you can use the Small PDF(https://smallpdf.com) to reduce overall file size.)

Applications lacking any of the elements mentioned in these rules or whose participantswork for the Sonae Companies, will not be considered by the organizing committeeor the competition jury.

JOURNEY

DARE From 23th of March, to 6th of April
INSPIRE Up to 6th of April
Create your "Personal Pitch" & CV and submit it to us.
LEAD 17th of April
Pitch Yourself and Learn/Teach at our Assessment Day to get an offer!
EMBARK 29th of May
Meet your Learning Masters at our Contacto Day.