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GRADUATES

Application-related Questions                                   

Programme-related Questions

 

Application-related Questions

Do you have any advice for candidates who want to apply?
The points we would like to stress here most likely are not “new” to you, keeping them in mind will hopefully contribute to a successful application.

  • Make sure you have read the whole "FAQ section" before starting the application process.
  • Take your time to first study all the role descriptions carefully, which can be found on the website as per the start of the application period (different for each region). We encourage you to approach this step with an open mindset and potentially also consider areas that you had not initially considered.
  • Choose the position(s) you would like to apply for based on your own strengths and type of work rather than base your decision only on whether you are familiar with an area already or not. We recommend to focus on those 2 -3 positions which best fit your profile.
  • Make sure your cover letter clearly outlines your motivation for the programme and the position(s) you apply for.
  • If you apply for a position in Europe or Asia, please make sure you factor in the time to complete the online ability test(s) and ensure that you are undisturbed while taking them. The test(s) should be completed within 72 hours upon receiving the email(s) with the test link(s). The email with the test link(s) will be sent shortly after you have completed the application. In some cases, this email may go directly into your spam folder. Please check the emails in this folder as well if you do not receive the notification email. You can also find the test link in your application profile. Navigate to "Job Management", select actions, and choose "Take Assessment" from the drop down list.

What do I have to consider when applying for the graduates@swissre programme?
Contrary to some other programmes, with graduates@swissre you apply for specific positions with defined requirements regarding educational background of the candidates. Thus, all positions are different and yet part of the same overall programme. All applications will be reviewed with the specific available positions in mind. Hence demonstrate clearly in your application the qualifications and motivation that makes you the ideal candidate for the specific position. To register and apply for the available positions, please use our recruiting tool. Please ensure that you hold a currently valid work permit for the region/country in question.

What kind of documents do I have to attach to my application?
Please attach your CV as well as any significant documents like scanned copies of university transcripts, diplomas and, if available, any relevant reference/confirmation letters to your candidate profile. Ideally, your cover letter that should be attached to each specific application contains a description of your overall motivation to join the graduates@swissre programme as well as a short specific paragraph of your motivation for the position you apply for.

When does recruiting start?
Recruiting starts at different times in America, Asia and Europe. Please refer to the recruitment timeline for details.

I am not a recent graduate anymore. Can I still apply to the graduates@swissre programme?
The programme as it stands today is mainly aimed at recent graduates with a bachelors or master's degree with no or not more than 2 years of work experience. If you have more than 2 years of work experience by the time you apply, we advise you to apply to our regular open positions.

I have a PhD. Can I apply to the graduates@swissre programme?
Yes. In fact, we have had quite a few PhD students on the programme in the past. With a PhD degree, you have both options: either you join Swiss Re via the graduates programme or, alternatively, you apply for a regular open position.

Do I have to speak the local language of the specific location I would like to apply?
Our business language is English. If not indicated otherwise on a job posting, the local language is not a requirement to apply but an advantage.

In which locations do you offer graduate positions?
The exact positions and thus the locations are changing from year to year. Usually, a majority of the graduate positions are based in the main Swiss Re hubs.

To whom should I address the cover letter?
Use any generic greeting, e.g. “Dear recruiting manager “, “Dear graduate recruitment team” or “Dear sir or madam”.

I am experiencing problems with accessing the online assessments through the links provided to me via email. What can I do?
If you are unable to use the links provided in the email, you can also find them in the recruiting tool. Please login to the tool, navigate to "Job Management", select actions, and choose "Take Assessment" from the drop down list.

I am experiencing technical problems with the online assessments. What can I do?
Please refer to the SHL Knowledge Base by clicking this link.

Does Swiss Re accept applications from applicants requiring a work permit?
We advise candidates who apply for the graduates@swissre programme to ensure that they hold a valid work permit for the country in question as we may not be able to support them in obtaining the legally required documents necessary for employment in that country. Our recruiting team will review every application and check the possibilities for each candidate.

Where do the Assessment Centres take place?
Americas:                             Armonk, NY
Asia:                                     In each location in which we have Graduate positions
Europe:                                Zurich

 

Programme-related Questions

Please also refer to our graduates@swissre programme site

When does the graduates@swissre programme start and how long does it last?
The programme starts every year around 1 September and lasts 18 months.

What does the training offer?
We mainly focus on technical training, as our business is very specialized. During 18 months you will receive on-the-job training in your respective positions as well as attend a high number of training days specially designed for the programme. Your work experience will dictate the overall number of training days you will have to attend. Please refer to the programme information on this site for details.

After graduation from the graduates@swissre programme is a full-time role within the company secured?
The expectation is that all graduates who have successfully completed the programme and wish to continue employment with Swiss Re are retained.

 

INTERNS

When does recruiting of Interns begin?
Recruiting begins at different times. Please refer to the interns recruitment timeline site for details.

Am I allowed to apply for positions in all regions?
When applying for a position, please ensure that you hold a valid work permit for the region/country in question.

Do I have to speak the local language of the specific location I would like to apply?
Our business language is English. If not indicated otherwise on a job posting, the local language is not a requirement but it is an advantage.

Do you take students from all semesters and disciplines?
We are looking for students attending an institute of higher education. Internship positions are offered to students in:

  • Switzerland/Germany in their 3rd year (6th semester) onwards
  • United Kingdom in their 1st year onwards
  • United States in their 1st year of a graduate degree programme or in their junior year of an undergraduate programme

We offer internship positions to students from all disciplines. If you have an excellent academic track record, the ability to deliver outstanding solutions and relate well to people from different backgrounds and cultures, you are the ideal candidate to apply for an internship position at Swiss Re.

How can I apply for an interns@swissre job and what kind of documents should I include?
To register and apply for the available positions, please use our recruiting tool. Please demonstrate clearly in your application your qualifications and motivation making you the ideal candidate for the specific position.  You must also attach your CV as well as any significant documents i.e. scanned copies of university transcripts, diplomas and, if available, any relevant reference/confirmation letters to your candidate profile.

How long does the programme last?
Aside from traditional Summer Internships (3 months), occasionally, for special projects, we also offer internship positions that last between 3-6 months at various locations

When does the programme start?
In the US and UK, summer internship positions are typically offered between May and September. In other countries this might vary.

What does the programme offer?
During the interns@swissre programme you will be assigned to a line manager and his or her team where you will take on tasks and work on projects straight away. You will have the opportunity to participate in activities that will also expose you to other business units and groups.

Does Swiss Re accept applications from applicants requiring a work permit?
We advise candidates who apply for the interns@swissre programme to ensure that they hold a valid work permit for the country in question as we may not be able to support them in obtaining the legally required documents necessary for employment in that country. Our recruiting team will review every application and check the possibilities for each candidate.

How do we train you?

  • Distance and blended learning
  • On-the-job training and independent study

Will I have opportunities to network?
There are several network events. You will also get to experience Swiss Re’s culture while interacting with senior executives at business and social events.

Will I be able to monitor my progress?
At the beginning of your internship, your line manager will set goals with you and your internship manager will schedule a mid-term review to make sure that you get the most out of your experience at Swiss Re.

 

APPRENTICES AND TRAINEES

What is our target group for the Junior Power programmes?

Our target group for apprenticeships and traineeships are secondary school leavers and high school graduates.

Welches ist unsere Zielgruppe für die Junior Power Programme?

Unsere Zielgruppe für die Lehren und Praktika sind Sekundarschüler, Maturanden bzw. Abiturienten sowie Handels- und Wirtschaftsmittelschulabsolventen.

What skills do I have to bring to an apprenticeship/traineeship position at Swiss Re?

  • Analytical thinking / ability to grasp new concepts quickly
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Cooperation and team spirit
  • Motivation
  • Curiosity / willingness to learn
  • Openness to change, flexibility
  • Self-criticism
  • Independence
  • Goal-oriented mindset

Welche Voraussetzungen muss ich für eine Lehrstelle/Praktikum bei Swiss Re mitbringen?

  • Analytisches Denken / rasche Auffassungsgabe
  • Belastbarkeit
  • Kooperations- und Teamfähigkeit
  • Motivationsfähigkeit
  • Neugier / Lernbereitschaft
  • Offenheit für Veränderung, Flexibilität
  • Selbstkritik
  • Selbstständigkeit
  • Zielorientiertes Denken

When does the apprenticeship or traineeship begin?
Apprentices in Zurich start their apprenticeships in mid-August, commercial high school (HMS Plus) trainees start on 1 August and trainees in the commercial training programme for high-school graduates (PWA) either start their schooling in February or August.

Wann beginnt die Lehre bzw. das Praktikum?
Die Lernenden in Zürich beginnen ihre Lehre Mitte August, HMS Praktikanten am 1. August und PWA Praktikanten haben ihren Schulanfang im Februar oder August.

In which areas do apprentices and trainees work?
According to their type of training, apprentices and trainees work either in the field of (re)insurance or in operations (HR, IT, Logistics etc).

In welchen Bereichen werden Lernende und Praktikanten eingesetzt?
Je nach Ausbildungsgang werden die Lernenden und Praktikanten im (Rück)versicherungsbereich oder im Bereich Operations (HR, IT, Logistics, etc.) eingesetzt.

What types of educational and training courses does Swiss Re offer?
We offer the following vocational apprenticeships and traineeships:

  • IT / system and application engineer (4 years)
  • Mediamatics specialist (4 years)
  • Businesswoman /-man / Service & Administration (3 years)
  • Chef (3 years)
  • Qualified waiter / waitress (3 years)
  • Hotel housekeeper (3 years)
  • HMS Plus trainee (1 year)
  • PWA trainee (2 years)

Welche Ausbildungsgänge bietet Swiss Re an?
Wir bieten folgende Berufslehren und Praktika an:

  • IT / SystemtechnikerIn und ApplikationsentwicklerIn (4 Jahre)
  • MediamatikerIn (4 Jahre)
  • KV / Dienstleistung & Administration (3 Jahre)
  • Koch / Köchin (3 Jahre)
  • Restaurationsfachmann / -frau (3 Jahre)
  • Hotelfachmann / -frau (3 Jahre)
  • HMS Plus PraktikantIn (1 Jahr)
  • PWA PraktikantIn (2 Jahre)

How good are my chances to get a job at Swiss Re after completing my traineeship or apprenticeship?
The apprentice or trainee needs to have personal initiative in order to find a position within Swiss Re after finishing their programme. We accompany and support this process pro-actively, as it is also in the interest of Swiss Re to integrate successful graduates of apprenticeships and traineeships into the company.

Wie stehen meine Chancen, nach Ausbildungsabschluss eine Stelle bei Swiss Re zu erhalten?
Eigeninitiative der Lernenden/Praktikanten ist gefragt, um intern eine Stelle nach Ausbildung zu finden. Wir begleiten und unterstützen diesen Prozess aktiv, denn es liegt auch im Interesse von Swiss Re, erfolgreiche Lehr- und Praktikumsabsolventen im Unternehmen zu integrieren.

Where and how can I apply?
You can apply in writing to:

Swiss Re Management Ltd
Junior Power
Soodring 6
8134 Adliswil

If anything is unclear, you can also call our Contact Line in Zurich at +41 43 285 39 39.

Your application should include the following documents:

  • Cover letter / letter of application (by hand or typed)
  • CV with photo
  • Secondary, grammar or high school reports
  • Final references / certificates / diplomas
  • Employment reference letters
  • Required for commercial, IT and Mediamatics apprenticeship applications: Multicheck

Wo und wie kann ich mich bewerben?
Bewerben können Sie sich schriftlich bei:

Swiss Re Management Ltd
Junior Power
Soodring 6
8134 Adliswil

Bei Unklarheiten wenden Sie sich bitte an unsere Contact Line in Zürich +41 43 285 39 39

Ihre Bewerbungsunterlagen sollen Folgendes umfassen:

  • Bewerbungsschreiben / Anschreiben (von Hand oder Computer)
  • Lebenslauf mit Foto
  • Zeugnisse der Sekundar- oder Mittelschule bzw. Gymnasium
  • Abschlusszeugnisse
  • Arbeitszeugnisse
  • Für KV, IT und Mediamatik Bewerbungen: Multicheck

What does Swiss Re offer me in terms of my education?
According to your field, Swiss Re offers internal workshops, language courses and project weeks in addition to the mandatory courses of the selected traineeship or apprenticeship.

Was bietet mir Swiss Re in Hinsicht auf meine Ausbildung?
Je nach Einsatzbereich bietet Swiss Re, neben den obligatorischen Kursen, interne Workshops, Sprachkurse und Projektwochen an.

Where will my training occur?
In Zurich or Adliswil, depending on the placement.

Wo wird mein Ausbildungsort sein?
Je nach Einsatzbereich in Zürich oder in Adliswil.

How many trainees and apprentices are there at Swiss Re?
We have 85 trainees and apprentices in Zurich learning a range of vocations, and thereby make a significant contribution to the personal development of young people.

Wie viele Praktikanten und Lernende gibt es bei Swiss Re?
Wir bilden in Zürich 85 Lernende und Praktikanten in verschiedenen Berufen aus und leisten dabei einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Persönlichkeitsentwicklung junger Menschen.

 

PROFESSIONALS

My browser blocks the pop-ups, how can I solve this?
Please make sure, that you use Internet Explorer Version 7 (or higher), Firefox Version 3.6 (or higher), Google Chrome or Safari. If a Pop-up Blocker appears, click on it and choose "allow pop up blocker for Swiss Re only".

What kind of Vacation-Jobs/Temporary jobs does Swiss Re offer?
All our temporary positions are posted on the eRecruiting Tool . If you want to search what we have open at the moment, please search our portal and select “temporary positions”.

How can I upload the CV? How can I update my profile?
Please make sure you are logged in, on our eRecruiting Tool. If you are not registered yet, please click on "Login & apply" and then on "New User? Register here". After having logged in choose the tap "Attachments" in your eRecruiting profile and upload you CV. Please note there is a maximum of 5 attachments, of which each should not be larger than 3 MB

How can I delete my profile?
Please make sure you are logged in, on our eRecruiting Tool. In the overview tab from your eRecruiting profile you can choose in the left column a line with the name "delete registration", there you can delete your profile.

Why do I not find the position on your website? It is posted on other platforms such as LinkedIn, Efinancial Careers.
For the most up to date publications, please always check under "overview of open jobs" on our Careers page (www.swissre.com/careers). When a position is closed it will not be published on our website anymore. Publications on external websites such as LinkedIn and or E-financial careers are deleted as soon as possible.

There is no open position fitting to my interest. May I send you spontaneous application?
We cannot accept any spontaneous applications. Swiss Re publishes open positions under "overview of open jobs" at our Careers page. If you find a position listed which matches your qualifications and expectations, you may apply directly via the eRecruiting tool. If we currently have no openings that interest you, please continue to visit our Careers page regularly for newly posted positions.

Are all externally open positions posted on the website?
Yes, all open positions for external candidates are published on our Career page under "overview of open jobs".

Are positions for internships also posted on the website? If not how do I have to apply?
All internship positions are published on our Career page. There is information available regarding the internship programme when you click on "careers" and then "interns@swissre". You can apply online for a position.

TheeRecruiting tooldoes not work. Can I send you my application via e-mail?
We cannot accept any applications via email. Please contact us through the contact form with a description of the error message.

I did not receive the confirmation email after registration. What can I do?
Please check your spam folder. If you have not received the confirmation email after registration, please contact us through the contact form, stating your name and position you applied for. We can resend the confirmation email.

I forgot my password. Where can I request a new one?
Please go to swissre.com/careers and click on "password forgotten" next to log on.

I forgot my username. What can I do?
Please contact us through the contact form.  

 

AGENCIES

How can an Agency get a log on?
For the following locations Swiss Re operates a strict preferred supplier list of approved agencies with which we work on an ongoing basis:

  • Switzerland
  • UK
  • Germany
  • Slovakia
  • USA
  • Canada

Only these approved agencies are provided with login details and are permitted to submit applications. We do not accept applications via email or from non-approved agencies. The preferred supplier list is reviewed on an annual basis in December.  If you wish to present your agency details as part of the review, please forward all relevant information through our contact form stating the name of your agency in the Subject line. 

For other locations, please send as well an email through our contact form by stating the name of your agency in the subject line and the location of the Swiss Re office you would like to work with.

How can my agency become listed on the Preferred Supplier List?
The preferred supplier list for all positions is reviewed on an annual basis in December.  If you wish to present your agency details as part of the review, please forward all relevant information through our contact form stating the name of your agency in the Subject line. Please make sure the areas of expertise are listed as well.

Are all locations at Swiss Re working with a preferred supplier list?
Only the following locations work with a preferred supplier list: Switzerland, UK, Germany, Slovakia, USA and Canada.

There is no open position fitting to the interest of the candidate(s) my agency is representing. May I send you spontaneous application?
We cannot accept any spontaneous applications. Swiss Re publishes open positions at our Career page (www.swissre.com/careers) under overview of open jobs. If we currently have no openings open to agencies and/ or openings which are of interest to your candidate(s), please continue to visit our Careers page regularly for newly posted positions.

We have a lot of candidates who are interested in temporary or contractor positions. How can my agency present these candidates?
Swiss Re operates a strict preferred supplier list of approved agencies with which we work on an ongoing basis for contractor positions.  Only these approved agencies are permitted to submit applications. We do not accept applications via email or from non-approved agencies for temporary nor contractor positions.