The technical graduate scheme is diverse! It has given me great insight into how the business works and I’ve been very lucky to work alongside skilled underwriters across the business and to look after some large cases. Throughout the scheme I’ve had the opportunity to work in a number of offices all over the country and have got involved in a whole host of projects. The scheme has supported me with training and regular workshops to assist in obtaining my Advanced Diploma for Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII). I’ve enjoyed roles ranging from trading underwriting through to a head office underwriter and everything in between. There is a fantastic graduate culture and as a graduate you can get involved with arranging events and projects to support others on the scheme.
Whilst on the scheme I’ve been lucky enough to underwrite both new cases and existing cases across three lines of business (Engineering, Motor Fleet and Commercial) which has given me a great foundation within underwriting. My career highlight was winning a large construction case whilst working in the Birmingham office. I was working in Engineering and so we were also working with Allianz colleagues in our Commercial Division. It took a lot of negotiation and work but was a great win for me and my colleague!
There are so many career paths within Allianz it is difficult to say what is next for me. I really enjoy the relationship management part of underwriting and I’m keen to explore this further. I’ve recently taken on a new role in which I will still be underwriting both new and existing business, but I will also have a much greater focus on broker relationships.
If you’re thinking of applying, make sure you’ve researched the role and Allianz. The assessment days are always nerve-racking but they are your day to demonstrate that you are the right fit for the job. If you’re at university and you’re not sure if insurance is for you, then I’d recommend the nine week summer intern programme. It is a great taster of what a career as a graduate might be like and will give you time to decide whether Allianz is the right company for you.
Liz Burke – Technical Graduate Scheme