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«An insurance assistant is an all-rounder.»

Joscha Homberger completed his training as an insurance assistant at Helvetia. In this interview, Joscha tells us why he chose this training path and Helvetia and describes the flexible working options available to him, and what &Los means to him as an Innovation Manager.

6 September 2018, text: Employer Branding, photo: Helvetia

A man wearing a suit stands in a white room holding a climbing rope.
Since training as an insurance assistant, Joscha Homberger has been working in Corporate Development where he has demonstrated plenty of initiative.

Who are you and what do you do at Helvetia? How did you get where you are today?

My name is Joscha Homberger. After I passed my Matura (school-leaving examination) and completed my military service, I studied law for a year. However, there was too much theory for me at this time in my life, so I started looking for something more practice-oriented. I came across "Insurance assistant training" quite quickly as it comes up in both the banking and the insurance industry. I saw that Helvetia was offering this course and had an opening, so I applied for the job and completed the 18-month training course between autumn 2016 and the beginning of this  year. To begin with, I worked at the Swisscanto Collective Foundation in occupational benefits. Then I spent three months at the general agency in Liestal, where I got to know the sales support and sales force side of the business. I was then allowed to spend three very interesting months in Product Management & Claims, Specialty Lines CH & International in Basel, where I revised and redesigned processes together with each of the subdepartment heads. Towards the end of the training, I was able to spend another three months back where I started: at the Swisscanto Collective Foundation.

Why are you with Helvetia?

As one of Switzerland's leading all-lines insurers, Helvetia has an extremely good reputation as far as reliability is concerned. I've also heard a lot of good things about Helvetia as an employer. And Helvetia is a genuinely Swiss insurance company – one that still has a Swiss character and Swiss values, which appealed to me. Lastly, the reputation and the external appearance of the company I work for is also important to me.

Can you tell us what your job is and explain what you do in just a few words?

In the Business Innovation division, I do something different every day. At the moment, my main task is to develop Innovation Controlling, which is a supporting management tool for Innovation Management. I am also collaborating on the subject of Blockchain. We also have new technologies that we are not using yet but for which we are evaluating special use cases within Helvetia and advancing them in this direction. Or, to put it another way, we develop start-ups, innovative ideas, and business models from the company, expand them, advance them and then scale them where possible. We also encourage the innovative spirit of Helvetia employees by means of the Kickbox project. On the one hand, we give each employee the opportunity to realize their business idea themselves. On the other, we invest in external start-ups that are already one step ahead in collaboration with the Helvetia Venture Fund.

What does &Los mean for you in your day-to-day work at Helvetia?

It means that you don't wait to receive work and then chip away at it, bit by bit, but that you &Los and start on it earlier – on your own initiative. Also, that you proactively try working in the areas that interest you. My division is somewhere where I have great opportunities. So above all, &Los means working on your own initiative, taking matters into your own hands, and taking action – and not waiting, watching and doing a little work.

How flexibly are you able to work in your division?

There are definitely times when I can work perfectly well from home or from the train. I often work on the train because I travel a lot. I don't think it's for everyone, but it works quite well for me.

What made you decide to train as an insurance assistant?

Because it gave meall-round training in insurance. I really got to know about every individual component of the insurance industry – primarily from my insurance expertise. During training we also had modules on economic matters, including the economy itself, accountancy, etc. So I know the core business of my company. Now I work in a division where this knowledge is no longer essential. I don't have to know every Helvetia product from A to Z perfectly like a customer advisor, with all of the policy components, etc. Not at all. But it's definitely a good all-round education to have to enable you to work in any division within the company.

Who is this training suitable for? Who is it not suitable for?

It's definitely suitable for people who want less theory after their Matura, and who want to work independently. Compared with an apprenticeship, you receive a relatively good salary as an insurance assistant in training. You can more or less independently finance your own life. At the same time, you're already in the world of work – which is becoming more popular these days – while still being able to study.

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