Sean graduated from the Glasgow Caledonian University having studied Networked Systems Engineering and completed a Technical Infrastructure Placement in August 2018 before joining Baillie Gifford permanently in June 2019. He offers some incredible insight into the firm and his role.
In my third year at university, I visited Baillie Gifford’s Data Centre and was surprised by their networking set up. I had previously done a placement in a technology research company in London. They were only just starting to install the networking kit that Baillie Gifford currently use and are about to upgrade. The technology here is already leading-edge, but they continually strive to find even better solutions for the business.
During my time on the service desk, I saw an opportunity to work on a project to roll out Jamf, a mobile device management tool for Apple. When I volunteered to help with the project, they kitted me out with everything I needed, including a MacBook. I hadn’t used Apple before, so it was important to see first-hand how everything worked. It was really motivating to know that my colleagues had put their trust in me.
At Baillie Gifford it’s not just about the skills you have; it’s about your willingness to learn new ones, too. I’ve been on internal assertiveness courses, and during Baillie Gifford’s LearnFest week, I attended a leadership skills course and a visual thinking session. These have really changed how I behave professionally and given me a new level of confidence.
At the end of the summer, I was lucky enough to be offered a permanent position. The internship was a very fair reflection of what it’s like to work here full-time. It’s a really open and inclusive workplace, where trainees are a valued part of the team.
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