Standard Life Investments
Trainee (People Function)
Why do you enjoy your job?
I relish meeting new people every day and having the opportunity to network with a diverse spread of stakeholders across the company. I am extremely enthusiastic when it comes to assisting my peers and I am provided with a great level of responsibility across all areas within my department. One of my most favourable roles within the People Function is helping with the organisation of large high profile corporate events and early career fairs. I love to learn and I feel that I am given the support and development needed to excel post traineeship.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
The most challenging thing about my job is having come from a sporting background with very little exposure to office life. The learning curve was initiated on day one and the expectations were set pretty high. I knew that I had to adapt very quickly and learn how to become versatile, but the support available has been second to none. I can always ask questions and I never feel like I have no one to go to.
How did you get into your job?
I left school at the end of 6th year and got a full time job working as a sports development apprentice for the Edinburgh Council. On completion of this I moved to Alabama for a year on a football scholarship and studied marketing. After a hard decision I decided to return to the UK where I then worked in Edinburgh Airport for a few months as a baggage handler. I was stuck between going back to University or finding a job that would propel me in to a more long term career. As I was searching for jobs I came across the opportunity to become a trainee in Standard Life Investment on the Investment20/20 programme. I now look back and appreciate how much the programme has allowed me to progress in my career and I am extremely grateful for what it has done for me both personally and professionally.
What are your future aspirations?
I hope to continue learning and avoid becoming stagnant. In five years’ time I hope to still be working within SLI and have completed different kinds of qualifications in order for me to keep progressing and developing. At the moment I’m still not entirely sure what area of the business would best suit my abilities and strengths but I could see myself moving in to a more client facing role.
How would you sum up your Investment20/20 experience?
‘If you stand still you will go backwards’