Like a lot of people, I fell into insurance! I did Maths & Linguistics at university and a few days' work experience at Beazley in London in their box at Lloyds before my final year, but like a lot of people found myself then applying to many graduate schemes during my final year at university. Having spoken to people in the industry, people spoke very highly of Allianz the company and in particular the graduate scheme. Having come from such a multicultural background and as a lover of languages I knew I wanted to work for an international company that also had a strong UK presence. I also favoured Allianz above others given the support they provide for development with both the underwriting academy and ACII funding - someone well known and respected in the market.
A normal day for me is spent looking at new business motor trade risks from brokers. Because of the nature of new business, my days are pretty unpredictable and always different. My job is fast paced, involves a lot of broker communication and is enjoyable because I am entrusted with a lot of responsibility. Every day will also include some time dedicated to outside activities such as graduate committee and charity responsibilities.
My overall experience of Allianz as a company has been very positive, it is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive culture. There is a huge emphasis on graduate development and this can be seen by the numerous graduates who have succeeded in their careers in such a short time.
There is also a strong culture of learning & development. Nothing can prepare you for job-life, however, the transferrable skills I obtained at university definitely have been invaluable during my time here.
If you're looking to apply you should understand what is going on in the commercial insurance market, there is so much change at the moment and knowing what makes Allianz stand out for you/customers will set you up well for your interview. Don't be worried if you are unsure what exact role you want in the business, many graduates find their calling once they start so don't feel you have to love the first thing that you do.