“I’ve gotten to see the insurance processes – and Generali - from different perspectives”
Russian-born Elena is part of the Generali Graduate Programme in Switzerland. With a natural curiosity about the wider world and about insurance, she hunted for the opportunity that would give her career a flying start.
- Name: Elena
- Hometown: Krasnoyarsk, Russia
- Resides: Zürich, Switzerland
- Hobby: Thai boxing, ping-pong, reading about historical events and other cultures, traveling, hiking
- Favourite song: Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Did I let you know"
- Looking forward to: Being back home in Zürich after 3 months in Belgium and enjoying the view of the mountains in the morning. Also to the Swiss cheese!
- Years in Generali: 1
I have always aspired to get a good education and to see more of the world. After getting a degree in Moscow, with exchanges in the US and Germany, I worked at L’Oréal and Dell, and then won a scholarship to study Financial Management at the Stockholm School of Economics. Once I graduated, I moved to Switzerland to join my boyfriend and started to look for a trainee programme in the financial services sector.
Generali offered exactly what I was looking for: a well-structured programme offering an insight into several departments and an international rotation, giving the chance to show my abilities in different assignments while working on a strategic trainee project. I also find insurance actually really interesting, contrary to its reputation :)
BENEFITS OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME
I have worked in projects ranging from Sales, Product Management Life and Non-Life in Switzerland. I also worked in Marketing while I was in Belgium. This has taught me a lot about the insurance business and allowed me to see the insurance processes from different perspectives. The personal aspect is also not to be underestimated: the trainees became my close friends and the teams I have worked in taught me a lot about professionalism and management.
THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION
Generali is a very international company that offered a platform for information exchange about best practices in our countries, which is very motivating. Of course, the business specifics vary a lot from country to country. But I believe that we should maintain an ongoing dialogue with our international colleagues in order to leverage on our diversity: it’s an asset to be proud of.
That remains to be seen :) I hope that what I have learned throughout the programme as well as my network will help me in my work.