Munich Re in Italy: Trainee Francesca Palmeri

Francesca Palmeri works at Munich Re, Milan as a Financial Consultant. She has joined the company in 2014 when she started as a trainee in the International Graduate Trainee Programme. Here is what she told us about her time in Italy.

Why did you want to become a part of the International Graduate Programme at Munich Re in the first place?

Trainee Francesca Palmeri, Munich Re
Munich Re Trainee Francesca Palmeri

When I heard about the programme I immediately thought: this is an amazing learning opportunity. Today I have to say it is much more than that. It is a life experience. You get to meet people from all over the world with whom you share moments, smiles and fun. I have learned a lot about reinsurance in all its aspects and about the company as well. For instance, I visited Munich Re’s headquarters and Princeton which I really enjoyed.

What is your typical work day like? 

Over the course of the day, I have diverse meetings with colleagues from other departments such as Underwriting or Client Management and phone calls with the headquarters. For lunch I like to go out with different colleagues. Munich Re, Milan is a small branch so everybody knows everyone.

What is your favourite place or restaurant in Milan? 

There are so many nice bars and restaurants in Milan that I can’t possibly name only one. Currently I favour fancy places like the Armani Bamboo bar and karaoke night clubs like Il Patuscino.

How important is having the chance to work abroad during your career? 

It is a fundamental step in my career path. I have studied abroad and I really loved it. It is a commonplace but it is true: living abroad opens your mind. You get to learn a lot about yourself, about other cultures and you challenge yourself at the same time. In my opinion, my time abroad has made me a better person. 

What advice can you give to new and upcoming International Trainees?

Take the most out of this experience! The trainee programme does not end with its lessons.