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Employee Insights: Meet Thomas Oelker

by Thomas Oelker - April 8th, 2015

At Allianz there are the networking events for interns and working students with people from all over the world, which is really great because one can practice foreign languages.

Allianz-A photo of Thomas with a Twitter signFind out how Thomas met Allianz

Towards the end of 2014, I am looking back on an exciting year with its ups and downs. It is the year I started my engagement at Allianz SE as working student. Having been here at the Schwabing site for almost eight months, I can definitively say that this is one of my highlights in 2014.

Besides making valuable experiences, profiting from high professionalism and enjoying a pleasant work environment, there is also a funny part about my job, for example the way how I first got in touch with Allianz.

One year ago I spent a semester abroad in Toulouse, France, living the bon vivant life. Unfortunately, this was only one semester and it was supposed to end in Jan 2014. So, I started to give thoughts about the time after my return and how the last year of my bachelor in economics at LMU Munich should look like. Regarding this, I was sure I wanted to have a part time job.
So, one day when I woke up in the south of France I occasionally checked my smartphone for latest news which I like to do via Twitter. And there happened to be a job fair going on with Allianz as a participant. I scrolled through my timeline and between tweets of FC Bayern, my favorite music artists and newspapers, there were more and more tweets of @AllianzCareers and other German DAX companies. So first, it attracted my curiosity, but now it had my attention. As a result, I first got in touch with Allianz lying in bed with an espresso and a croissant:

Allianz-A screenshot of Allianz Careers Twitter

After returning, I checked the Allianz job market regularly and finally got a job in TOM Reference, Group Operations. My tasks are of administrative nature and I am supporting the department in cooperating with the operating entities worldwide, for example at a conference with Allianz employees from all over the world to promote exchange between the different operating entities. Furthermore, I get insights into the Allianz Operating Model and all the little things that belong to it: implementations and trainings in the operating entities or the use of adequate software for such a complex object.

Allianz-A photo of Thomas Oelker's shoe

In the bistro, Allianz has good croissants and the working atmosphere is usually relaxed, but unfortunately I am mostly not in bed or on the couch when I am working, unlikely to the start of my “career”. Still, I feel very comfortable in the office. One day I come in wearing jeans, the other day I am pimping up my suit a little bit.

And of course, the daily work is pleasant as well. There are the networking events for interns and working students with people from all over the world, which is really great because one can practice foreign languages. Here I got to know an Arabic girl that I could ask for tips after the first lessons I took in Arabic. Since Arabic is quite a difficult language that was a great help!

But what I was more trying to drive at is the complexity issue one is faced with working in such a global environment. This is actually not always fun, but it is always a challenge because there are so many little things to think of. And if one has finally achieved to set up a document or a meeting that meets all the required standards, this is a thing to be proud of.

​My remaining time within Allianz shall be used consciously, since it is a) enjoyable and b) one always can explore something new wandering around with eyes open.

written by Thomas Oelker

Allianz-A portrait of Thomas Oelker

Thomas Oelker

Working student, Group Operations

Name: Thomas Oelker; Academic background: Economics at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Division at Allianz: Group Operations, TOM Reference, Allianz SE, Munich; Professional interests: Languages, Change; Hobbies: Beachvolleyball, Football, Books, Art; Languages: German, French, English, Spanish (minor level)

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