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Career Day: Francesco Cugliari and Axa Assistance

13pm"My story was a bit unusual, and kind of complicated," says Francesco Cugliari, a LUISS graduate and now a junior credit manager at Axa Assistance, which is a division of Axa.

In 2007, Francesco walked into the Sala Colonne at Viale Pola to receive his degree in the Economics of Financial Markets. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, he decided to leave Rome, and enrolled at the University of Verona, where he earned a degree in "Economic, Financial and Actuarial Statistics – Quantitative Methods for Finance " and then began studying for the certification for the actuarial professions. He moved to Florence, where he became a member of CISA (the Interuniversity Center for the Actuarial Sciences and Risk Management). Then he took a year off to go abroad and ended up in London. He didn’t have any specific plans, but knew he really wanted to discover a new country.

Meanwhile, his sister graduated from LUISS as well. She invited him to come to Career Day in 2013, telling him it was a great opportunity for all of the University’s graduates and therefore for him as well, despite the fact that six years had passed since he had graduated. Francesco went to the "Young People and Work" Day with the intention of visiting the insurance company booths. One of these booths was that of AXA Assistance: he did a brief interview with one of the heads of their human resources area, and then, less than two months later, the company called Francesco to ask him to come in for another interview. He passed all the required selection rounds and by September he was working at the Rome office of the top insurance brand in the world.

"I’ve been working here now for almost a year,” explained Francesco. “I currently hold a reporting position in the debt collection division but since I got here my skill set has really grown."

The thing that continues to fascinate and amaze Francesco is the real internationalization of the sector: "In my office I hear German, French and English every day."

"Before that Career Day at LUISS I had only gone on three interviews in the industry. Now I’m quite happy, I have an interesting job, and I love working at a multinational."

Francesco’s story is full of twist and turns, but the point where he really got on track was Career Day, which this year will be in its eighteenth year: "You should go there too,” he says. “It’s the only place where you get to meet with big companies, companies you normally could only dream of working at." 

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