Laura Sammartano, Investment Advisor, Cornèr Bank

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Alumni Service

23 April 2019

In order to help current students and recent graduates to find their way in the working world, many of our alumni shared their career story. Here the story of Laura Sammartano, Investment Advisor in Cornèr Banca in Lugano (CH). USI Degree: Master in Banking and Finance, 2011.

How did you start your career?

I got in touch with Cornèr Bank during the USI Career Forum as their Business Angel. That led to a 12 months contract, followed by an undetermined one.

Why did you choose a career at Cornèr Banca?

Firstly I chose Cornèr for their good reputation. Secondly, I was looking at medium size companies/banks (instead of big names) as a better way to learn and to develop academic skills during the 12 months at my disposal.

What is your current role/duties?

I mainly manage portfolios under so called Active Advisory mandates, suitable for those high net worth clients who want a tailored made asset allocation. In addition, I provide information and investment proposals for clients under other types of mandate.

In your opinion, what are the qualities necessary for a successful career at Cornèr Banca?

Integrity, professionalism, solid technical skills and open-minded attitude.

What are USI’s positive featuresand qualities?

  • Close relationship between professors and students.
  • Balanced number of students vs. professors in order to develop each students' capabilities.
  • Possibility to attend a variety of classes within each Masters.
  • Very nice campus.

What competences and/or skills acquired in your USI Study Program have been useful/are useful to your professional career?

  • Precision and analytical tools.
  • Quantitative approach to solving problems.
  • Team-working.

What is your advice to USI students entering the job market?

Strong commitment to the company's values and mission. High willingness to learn both on the job and with ongoing studies.

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