Patrick graduated from Heriot-Watt having studied Chemical Engineering and joined Baillie Gifford in 2017 on the Client Information Management Internship. Patrick continued on to the Operations Graduate Programme in 2018. He offers some insight into the firm and his role.
A Broader Perspective
My internship was with the recently formed Central Information Management team, which was created to manage all of the data on the firm’s funds. As this team works closely with lots of others around the business, I was able to learn about their responsibilities as well as a number of other functions in investment operations.
Adapting my skills
During my placement I was finding ways to improve some of the team’s processes and helping them shorten delivery times. I was able to utilise a lot of the skills I’d gained during my engineering degree, such as pitching and presenting ideas as well as analysing data. It didn’t matter that it was an unconventional route into finance either – at Baillie Gifford it’s about the skills and perspective you have rather than what subject you studied.
Valuing a Balance
One of the reasons I decided to apply to the graduate programme was that Baillie Gifford really care about their staff. In engineering, I could have found myself working 14 hour days and living on oil rigs. While at Baillie Gifford I could have a challenging job that I would really enjoy, but also be home in time to have a life outside of work.
Investing in People
I was really impressed by the amount of training offered during my placement, especially because some of the courses were delivered by external providers. The firm was very willing to invest in me, even though I was only there for a short period. Everyone I met was so friendly and willing to answer my questions. Now, I’m on the Business Operations Graduate Programme, I know my internship was an accurate reflection of what it’s like to work here full time.
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