How are insurance premiums calculated? What is a product manager’s everyday life like? And how do you go about improving the way claims are processed? Generali is running two training programmes to get keen new entrants to the business fit for day-to-day insurance work.
The third Graduate Program Switzerland (GPS) started on 1 March, with a two-day onboarding event at which the new trainees got to know each other and their mentors. It gave them a first impression of the company and of what’s in store for them over the next 18 months: the trainees will spend the first stage of the Program in their eventual business area, where there will ultimately be the prospect of a permanent job. They will then do two rotations within Generali Switzerland and one with the company abroad. This arrangement was what won Karin Schmid over. She’s one of the six graduates who have come to Generali in search of professional and personal development. “What I find really appealing about the GPS is the international dimension of the company and the chance to work abroad as well as in Switzerland. It’s also exciting to get to know different areas of the insurance business.” Another participant, Miriam Reugels, agrees with her: “I see the flexibility offered by the rotation rule as a great advantage.” During the Program, trainees get practical advice and guidance from experienced managers. “Not only do I benefit from my mentor’s technical expertise,” says a happy Karin Schmid, “but I also have someone who’s willing to listen when I come up against difficulties”. The managers of tomorrow get even more education from seminars – some in-house and some external, like the “Fit for Insurance” course at the University of St Gallen. The Program ends with the trainees demonstrating the skills they’ve acquired in a project they implement themselves on a collaborative basis.
The new Global Graduate Program (GGP) offers highly motivated candidates another chance to get their career off to a flying start. Being sent to different countries enables the trainees to build up their own international networks and acquire intercultural skills. And Generali’s MIB (Masters in Insurance Management)
qualifies them for management positions in international insurance. Ildikó Judit Garab and Alexandre Faber seized the opportunity and went for a career with Generali. Since February, the two have been working through the second of a total three stints at our Swiss headquarters in Adliswil.