Faizan graduated from the University of Edinburgh having studied Computer Science and joined Baillie Gifford in 2017. He offers some incredible insight into the firm and his role.
Opportunity to Grow
It’s incredible how much you learn in the first few months. The training is well structured – it really feels like they’re investing in your future in the firm. In fact, there’s a lot of opportunity to learn new things. Learnfest week is an annual event held in May. The Learning & Development team organise three or four training workshops every day during the week and you can attend as many as you want. Options include study techniques, presentation skills, mindfulness, leadership skills and sleep management.
Making a Difference
I’m really proud of my graduate project. It was a web application where users could post suggestions and ideas for the firm. As the firm grows, it’s difficult to keep track of people’s suggestions for improvements or initiatives. The website enables everyone to post and view ideas in one place. I was worried that it wouldn’t be used much, but it’s been well received with many ideas already posted and approved. It’s shown me that I can make a positive impact on the company, even while I’m still learning.
There’s a really supportive culture at Baillie Gifford. If something doesn’t go to plan, problems are dealt with positively, and we look at what we can learn from the experience. There’s a focus on the bigger picture and how it’s better to produce quality work than something that’s rushed. It’s this ethos that motivates me to push myself and aim higher with each project.
At the moment, I’m part of the Accounting and Investment Operations delivery stream, working closely with the Client Administration department to replace some legacy systems. We’re re-writing them from the bottom up using modern technologies such as Angular, ASP.NET Core Web API and Docker. Angular and Docker are both new to me, but I’m part of a really supportive team who appreciate that I’m learning but still trust me to pick up more involved pieces of work. I’m also looking to finish the third and final module of my Investment Operations Certification.
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