It’s exciting to work in an innovation unit and have the opportunity to see into the future business models and how various aspects have to be considered. I am happy to have a great team of friendly colleagues with strong professional skills in a variety of fields.
First, tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Kirsi Luoma. I come from a beautiful coastal city named Turku, located in south-west Finland.
After finishing my Bachelor studies in Business Administration and gaining some work experience in Finland, I spent a gap semester in Australia and became determined to continue my studies abroad. Due to the great city and the reputation of Munich universities (but without ever having visited Bavaria) I applied and got accepted to study at the Technical University in Munich for a M.Sc. MCA (Consumer Affairs) degree at TUM School of Management and a grant for one semester at a Danish partner university. I joined Allianz in September 2013 as a working student at Allianz Worldwide Partners’ (AWP) Innovation unit.
Currently, my free-time is mostly occupied with writing my Master thesis, but since living in Munich, I have gotten to know the mountains fairly well. Compared to my home “mountain” Talma in Finland (height: 5500 centimeters), the Alps definitely provide a whole new playground for an outdoor enthusiast!
How did you first get interested in working at Allianz?
The Allianz Group has a great reputation and provides a large amount of career opportunities and chances for both professional and personal growth in an international environment.
I started to look for a position where I could gain practical work experience while finishing my studies. I found the job offer on my university’s career websites, and since I already had some experience and interest in B2B2C-business, AWP seemed like a great place to gain more career insights. The application process was quite fast. The interviews were mainly held in German – I consider this to be my first personal learning experience at Allianz.
Has anything about working at Allianz really surprised you?
Due to confidentiality, at the time of the application process it was still a bit mysterious what kind of projects the innovation unit was working on. I was impressed when I got to know the topics – AWP definitely drives innovation to add more value to traditional insurance business. Our team focuses on topics such as Internet of Things and how to implement the new technologies in B2B2C services, for example in the fields of digital health and automotive services.
What is your average day at work like?
I would say there is no “average workday” for me. I try to adjust and prioritize my work-tasks according to the team’s deadlines and needs, and sometimes there might be tasks which occur at short notice. One of my main on-going tasks has been to participate in the creation of a new communication tool for AWP: designing, and implementing our “Innovation Quarterly” E-Newsletter. Otherwise I work together with the team in diverse areas and for different projects, for example by conducting various research and analysis, finding data, preparing presentations and helping in market research planning. Administrative tasks also require some time during the week.
What do you find most challenging about your working student position?
It’s exciting to work in an innovation unit and have the opportunity to see into the future business models and how various aspects have to be considered. I have learned that the road from scratch to markets can be quite winding and unexpected issues often emerge along the way. Participating in our projects teaches much more than one could learn from books.
I am happy to have a great team of friendly colleagues with strong professional skills in a variety of fields. In addition, the Allianz Group also offers a great networking area and perspectives to widen career prospects.
written by Krisi Luoma