"It's a great way to get a taste of working life" - as a working student at Sympany

“It’s a great way to get a taste of working life” – as a working student at Sympany

Working student jobs are not yet as common in Switzerland as in our neighboring countries, but they provide valuable experience. Business student Isabella informs about this in an interview.

Most of us study to apply our knowledge in the professional world. But is “just” studying enough these days? Advertised positions often require work experience. One of the ways to collect them during studies is the so-called working student works.

During her studies as a working student at the insurance company Isabella, who recently graduated in economics sympathy he worked In the interview, he talks about his experiences.

What made you decide to work as a working student and how did you get your job?

A year ago, I was hanging out with other students who had already finished their bachelor’s degree. As a result, I have heard from many that they had trouble finding a job after their bachelor’s degree because they only knew the theory and had no practical experience. That got me thinking. Since I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go straight to a master’s degree or go into the professional world, I started looking for a job in marketing and human resources and noticed that a working student position at Sympany had become available.

What are your tasks as a working student?

I work in the field of talent sourcing and support existing recruiters from AZ. This starts with the reading of the documentation and continues with the interviews with the relevant candidates until the final acceptance and handing over of the contract. I am also in regular contact with external applicants, staffing service providers and internal employees. I also work on various projects and collaborate with other departments such as marketing and communications.

I work in a great team and experience a lot of recognition and praise. Of course, that makes it even more fun. I was quickly able to establish myself well in the company and noticed that my opinion was highly sought after and valued. I am often involved, even when I work “only” as a working student.

Can you combine studies with work as a working student?

No Basics for Understanding gave me the basics of economics with a focus on the business success of a firm. I was helped by certain mindsets and ideas in relation to Sympany’s growth strategy and important appointments in relation to strategic direction. But not only the economic subjects, but also the lectures on psychology, which I took as optional, helped me, for example, in recruiting new employees.

What challenges do you have to face as a working student?

The biggest challenge is probably time management. It’s not as easy as just studying and you can fully focus on the exam phase and courses. I started my job with 60 percent workload and in the peak season I worked at 100 percent. During the learning phase, I was able to scale it down and make room for learning, but I still had to see how I could fit everything together. After all, you also want to enjoy your free time. In general, I found the transition from theory to practice to be another challenge, because before that I only knew all the applications and procedures in theory. Putting it into practice was something else

What specifically do you like about this combination?

I am gaining a lot of experience and I especially think that working as a student trainee is a good way to start in the world of work. I also really liked the variety: I always had a good balance between work and study.

Will you also want to work in this field later?

I don’t see myself in the long term when it comes to recruiting. While it’s a lot of fun and a very good experience, I can’t imagine it happening for another 30 years. Rather in the field of human resources.

What do you recommend to everyone who would also like to start as a working student?

Go for it! You should definitely do it. I just benefited from it. It’s a great way to get a taste of working life and gain a deeper insight. Not only did he answer the question of whether I would like to work as a recruiter long-term, but I also learned a lot about my strengths and weaknesses: which work suits me better, which activities I enjoy, but also what gives me trouble.

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