Investing in you
I knew of Baillie Gifford’s reputation as a friendly firm with a strong cultural ethos, so I applied for the Client Administration Business Operations Summer Placement. The interview process and induction were personal and showed me that the firm were interested in me as a person. This continued into the placement where the aim was to teach us as much as possible, while giving us tasks that add value to the business.
I worked in the Unitised team within the Client Administration department. This section looks after over 70 funds, and it was my task to write a description of each fund, its history and the day-to-day processes. It was a great project for an intern because it gave me an overview of all the different funds and how they work. As well as my ongoing projects, team members took the time to show me what they do day-to-day and gave me the chance to assist them, which I really valued.
Everyone is very open and welcoming, which creates a great environment for learning. Being part of such a supportive team that appreciated my hard work was the absolute highlight of my internship.
Although part of my degree is in economics, I wouldn’t say it put me ahead of anyone else. Interns come from a range of subject backgrounds, so you’re not expected to know anything about the industry at the start. I also got a lot of support from a mentor in the department. We had weekly catch-ups where I could ask questions and she even invited me to team social events. It was such a positive experience that I joined the firm permanently in 2019 on the Business Operations Graduate Programme.