The Centre experience: Giulia Boccarini
26 Apr 2016
Giulia Boccarini talks about her internship at the Centre for Global Dialogue.
Name of internship: Risk Research (Group Strategy) and Group Asset Management Intern, Investment Strategy team
What initially brought you to the Centre?
After the end of my studies I was searching for a job until I came across the advertisement on the Swiss Re career page. The position really caught my attention because of its high research orientation and it perfectly matched with my interests and academic background.
What business are you working on?
I am working in the Investment Strategy team as well as at the Risk Research team at Swiss Re's Centre for Global Dialogue. This is a joint internship of these two teams. My task has been to conduct a study on the contribution of long term investors to the economic growth and financial stability and evaluate their benefit in different macroeconomic and regulatory environments. I focused attention on the advanced economies, as their economic and demographic trends represents a big challenge. My results suggest a positive impact of long term investing activity on economic growth.
Will we be able to see the results of your work?
The results of my study will be visible in a forthcoming publication by Group Asset Management, which every member of the Investment strategy team has been working on.
How have you found your time working at the Centre?
It has been a privilege to be part of the Risk Research team as I had the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and with different attitude to the work environment. I enjoyed an enriching experience both from a professional and personal perspective, and I found the team extremely supportive and collaborative, an aspect that is crucial for recent graduates who approach a hugely international business environment for the first time. In addition, I could experience how heterogeneous the pool of partnerships and research projects in which the Centre is involved is, and have a comprehensive vision of the topics and future fields of action for Swiss Re.
What are the next steps for you?
I have been offered a new opportunity at Swiss Re, in CorSo Actuarial services, where I will be working on a research project concerning the impact of the macroeconomic environment on insurers' loss.
Would you recommend a similar internship?
I definitely recommend this internship as it offers the perfect chance to apply academic knowledge to the work environment, but it also provides a hugely steep learning curve. Indeed, during these six months I really learned how to manage my own project, to adapt my academic approach to audiences other than university and to convey the key messages from my research. Furthermore, Swiss Re is the ideal place to start a career and, due to its people-oriented culture, you can build your professional network - which is one of the biggest rewards.
How can such an internship prepare you for the future?
This internship highlighted my strengths and prepared me successfully for the next challenge in CorSo, consolidating my self-confidence and ability to adapt to new contexts, as well as an awareness of which business environment is the best fit for me.
Academic background: Master in Specialized Economic Analysis, with a major in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. Previously, master's degree in International and Development Economics and Bachelor's degree in European Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
Professional experience: I worked as intern in a small consultancy in Brussels, as part of the Erasmus Placement Program.
Personal interests: Reading, playing volleyball and watching movies. I also enjoy my free time visiting new cities and art museums with friends and colleagues, and meeting new people from all over the world.
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