Fátima Palomina, Global Actuarial Graduate Programme
I’m Fátima and I’m on AXA’s Global Actuarial Graduate Programme. It’s the high profile of the company and the opportunity to go abroad and work with a multicultural team, while getting to grips with business-critical work, which really appealed to me. I also liked that the company was looking for people who want to progress and grow in their careers and have the potential to manage others.
I spent the first year of the programme in my home country of Spain, and now I’m currently a year into my Switzerland placement. I’ve loved having the opportunity to live in a different country, experiencing a new culture. You wouldn’t get this opportunity at many other organisations. Switzerland has been a really great placement for me, it’s been challenging but I’ve learnt a lot. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learnt with the team back in Spain to see what we can learn from it and seeing whether we will start working in a slightly different way because of it.
Working for a leading global company in another part of the world has meant I’ve added a lot to my skillset, especially when it comes to my communication skills and I now have a wider perspective when it comes to different ways of working.