10 july 2019, author: Michaela Schaub, photo: Helena Noser
I began the trainee programme at Helvetia in Switzerland in September 2018. Shortly afterwards, the trainees in the next.generation team were told about possible internships in Vienna. I expressed my interest in and ideas about a possible assignment. At the start of my assignment I completed an interesting module in Actuarial Services Life but also wanted to see what Non-Life was about. There were some projects in the non-life sector in Vienna that suited my profile as a mathematician with a flair for insurance.
Moving to another country is not something to be underestimated. I was happy that Helvetia assisted me with the administrative processes (work permit, etc.) and provided me with a flat. The next.generation team also established contact with the department in Vienna and conducted interim talks with me during my stay. And my colleagues in Austria were always willing to listen, either to work-related questions or to get any advices in regards to sightseeing for the weekend.
At first glance the two «Helvetias» looked very similar – the same e-mail program, the same intranet, but then the differences became noticeable. Basically it’s a new company in which you have your first day of work. It takes time to get used to the new work environment, to get to know the structures and to meet people. Ultimately, six months is a very short period. I would recommend extending the international assignment to a year.
Anyone who has the opportunity to go on an international assignment should do so!
Helvetia is a company with international ambitions. This increasing internationalization is expressed, among other things, in more business trips abroad and international assignments. Helvetia aims to systematically promote talent and succession management throughout the company and offers international assignments in Germany, Austria, Italy and Spain as a development measure.
An international assignment is a limited period spent at a Helvetia office abroad. An employee can work for up to 5 years abroad and acquire new experience. The initiative for an international assignment may be business-driven, in the form of a project, knowledge transfer, training or a limited management assignment in another location. These assignments are interesting for specialists and managers open to other countries and cultures.
A lengthy international assignment can entail numerous advantages. In addition to getting to know a new country and culture, you can also perfect your language skills. At the same time you can make new friends and build up an international contact network. On a lengthy international assignment you can also acquire valuable intercultural competencies and expand your CV with professional experience abroad.
Ready, steady, go!
The trainee programme is the ideal way to start your career. All the better if the new chapter in your life starts on a positive note from the word go: friendly, helpful colleagues, interesting tasks and a varied range of training and career development options will ensure that your first step on the career ladder is a great experience.