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I get to learn a new language

Two apprentices reflect on their exchange semester.

A chance to learn a new language and explore a new region? That’s exactly what we offer our commercial apprentices. Yllka Iseni and Sara Oezaydin share their experiences.

Two apprentices reflect on their exchange semester

Apprentices have the opportunity to spend the third semester of their apprenticeship in the other respective language region and attend vocational school there. Generali finds a suitable apprenticeship position at one of the main sites in Adliswil or Nyon.


What made you two decide to apply for this exchange programme?

Yllka: I’ve always wanted to spend some time living in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, so when the opportunity came up, I went for it! Immersing yourself in a language is better than learning it in a classroom. And I’ve always wanted to get to know Zurich and experience all the culture and sport on offer.

Sara: I wanted to improve my language skills and absorb the working atmosphere in Nyon. And of course I was excited by the prospect of exploring a new city. It was almost like starting a new apprenticeship. Seeing Switzerland from a different angle was fascinating.


What were your experiences of working in another language?

Sara: I was given the chance to join the Customer Care Centre, and in my six months there I gained some invaluable insights. I was welcomed with open arms at the office. I learned an awful lot from another apprentice and we became good friends. My comprehension of French has improved immeasurably. I understand almost everything now.

Yllka: I had the opportunity to work in the legal protection insurance department – which was really interesting. The team was very welcoming. At first, I had difficulty understanding what I was told. But the team repeated everything slowly for me and eventually it started to get easier. As my German improved, I was also able to make friends. I now understand a lot, but still have a little difficulty with my spoken German.

 

The Swiss from the West are always cheerful and full of fun. I was able to make friends quickly and had no trouble keeping busy in my spare time.

What were your experiences in general?

Sara: Interacting with others is what I enjoyed most. The Swiss from the West are always cheerful and full of fun. I was able to make friends quickly and had no trouble keeping busy in my spare time.

Yllka: I was blown away by Zurich. Just the size of the central station fascinated me. At the start I found it hard to find my way around the city, but over time, I became better at it and figured where to go and where not to go. Zurich is bigger, more exciting and more diverse than my hometown.


How did you find living alone?

Yllka: At the start I found it difficult. It was exciting but, in the evenings, I felt a little lonely. It was interesting to discover all the things you have to do when you live alone.

Sara: I felt very much at home with my host family. At the start we found it a little difficult to communicate. My host family couldn’t speak German at all, but it got better and better.

 

I can only recommend it. I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for it. It was great fun! Both of us had a great experience.

Would you recommend the exchange programme to other apprentices?

Sara: Definitely. Gaining a deeper insight into another culture, language and working environment is very valuable. It’s something that’ll benefit me for years to come.

Yllka: Like Sara, I can only recommend it. I wouldn’t hesitate to sign up for it again and share Sara’s enthusiasm. It was great fun! Both of us had a great experience.

Yllka Iseni

Yllka Iseni

From Waadt to Zurich

Yllka comes from Gland in the canton of Waadt and is an apprentice at our headquarters in Nyon. From August 2020 to the end of January 2021, she spent an exchange semester at our legal protection insurance department in Adliswil. Generali provided her with an apartment for the duration of her time there.
Sara Oezaydin

Sara Oezaydin

From Zurich to Waadt

Sara lives in Effretikon in the canton of Zurich and is working as an apprentice at our headquarters in Adliswil. She did the reverse and spent an exchange semester in Nyon while Yllka was in Adliswil. While there, she gained insight into the customer service department and had the opportunity to live with a host family.

All the advantages of an apprenticeship with Generali.