“The global mobility team will match your profile with open positions.”
Meet project manager Karen. She moved from Germany to Trieste, Italy, under Generali’s global mobility programme. She has discovered the advantages of working with a diverse set of colleagues with different backgrounds.
Role: Head of Life Portfolio Management
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany.
Resides: Currently dividing time between Hamburg and Trieste, Italy.
Hobby: I love hiking in the Alps, and my favourite place in the world is the Dolomites in Italy – dolomites are special rocks that look pale in daylight but glow red in the sunset.
Best song ever: “YMCA” by Village People.
Looking forward to: Going snowshoeing on my vacation.
Years at Generali: 12.
I’m a lawyer by training and looked to work in the legal department of a company. I wanted to design contracts and negotiate terms in order to prevent conflicts. I got a job in a Graduate Programme and they offered me a fixed contract half way through.
Global mobility at Generali
I have a German contract but I relocated to Trieste almost two years ago under the mobility programme. You express your interest to your manager and the global mobility team will regularly look at your profile to match you with open positions. You may get a short-term assignment of six months or a long-term assignment between two to three years. During that time you are often assigned to a function different than your usual scope.
Why mobility is important
When you bring people together from different backgrounds, you get a lot of different perspectives and better ways to get things done. Being able to work with a diverse set of people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures allows us to tackle challenges and find the best solutions together. I love working in a multicultural environment. There are often as many as fifteen different nationalities in one project.
Development and diversity at Generali
Generali is advanced in providing opportunities for professional development. You are given opportunities to grow and the flexibility to work across departments and all around the world. I see it as a huge advantage. For example, some cultures are strong in controlling and planning, while other cultures are more innovative and fast-paced. If you can combine different elements from different cultures, you will be able to get the best out of each.
Development is a continual movement - and that is true for me. In July 2015, I was offered the opportunity to become our Head of Life Portfolio Management, to extend my stay in the Head Office for another three years.
This will mean I’ll have been away for 5 years at the end, a truly life changing experience on a professional and personal level.