Interview with Marco Inninger, Risk Analyst
Dear Mr. Inninger, how did you start your career at MEAG?
After studying economics and finance in Tübingen, I planned to work in risk management. Since MEAG is a really important asset manager and the investment approach appealed to me, I tried my luck and applied. A short time later I was able to start as a trainee in investment controlling at MEAG. Today, after successfully completing the MEAG trainee program "Get Started", I am now a Risk Analyst in the Risk Models & Analytics team at MEAG.
Have you already worked in this area during the trainee program?
Yes, exactly. Within the trainee program, I worked in all five teams of the investment controlling department and in the rotation phase also in the adjacent interface areas. Like every trainee at MEAG, I was assigned a mentor, who was the head of Risk & Data Management. In addition, I had a professional coach in every area. My personal goal after the trainee program was to join the Risk, Models & Analytics team, which is, among other things, the competence center for valuation and key figure issues for liquid assets. It worked out very well. The work there is very exciting, with many interfaces to very different areas of MEAG.
How should a graduate be knitted to take off in this area?
In addition to a good theoretical foundation in mathematics, economics, statistics and business administration, a career starter should also have the courage to question the given and want to change things. It is also important to be able to put theoretical content into practice. Mathematicians like to work with theoretical models, but it is important to think outside the box. In my job there are many challenges that go beyond pure mathematics and have to be presented in a way that is understandable even for non-mathematicians.
What do you value about MEAG?
In any case, the openness of my colleagues! As a trainee, I also greatly appreciated the comprehensive support. Experienced colleagues were there for me right from the start. I didn't expect such intensive support in this form. I was given a lot of responsibility and trust at a very early stage.
Do you have a personal highlight?
As a trainee, our interface seminars in Düsseldorf at ERGO and at Munich Re headquarters certainly left their mark on me. It was exciting to get to know other colleagues in the Group and their working methods. The MEAG internal rotation stations were also multi-faceted. Here I was able to build up a good network, which is also very helpful in my current job.