Meet our employees

People are our greatest asset and we are incredibly proud of the incredibly talented interns and graduates that have joined our organisation. It is important you hear from them directly. In this section you will hear about their experiences, development, views on the programmes and experiences of our culture.

Carmen Olds
Carmen Olds
Programme - Investments, Studied- Economics, University of Bath

What support and career development opportunities have you been given?

From the moment of joining graduates get great support and career development opportunities. There is a constant offering of training opportunities ranging from learning to build effective relationships to more technical courses available to all colleagues.

In addition you also get to study for different qualifications depending on your area of interest. Earlier this year I did part of my IMC and now I’m studying for CFA Level 1. The graduate programme is a crucial part of the culture, with a lot of people in senior roles themselves having started out as graduates in the business. This means that most people understand how you might be feeling and are very supportive at all times.

What projects have you been involved in since you joined?

The work has been very varied and I have been involved in projects such as the day to day management of a client portfolio, the enhancement of our relationship with key clients, the launch of new funds, or working with external contractors to see how we implement regulations internally.

What advice would you give to someone joining the programme? I would tell them to be very sociable and make the most of every rotation, as one of the main advantages of rotating teams is that you will have contact points throughout the business. I am only on my second rotation but I have already drawn on my network of people I worked with during my first rotation on numerous occasions, and I’ve found this extremely helpful.

Liam Blaikie
Liam Blaikie
Programme - Fixed Income, Studied - Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham

How would you describe the culture that you work in?

The open desk structure means that you have unparalleled access to even the most senior individuals and divisional managers. The open working environment filters down into their respective teams and fosters a cooperative atmosphere where all colleagues are approachable and questions are encouraged. It is a great place to learn and there is a real focus on ongoing personal development of employees with a large variety of courses and training available to all staff. But it’s not just the workplace culture; Aberdeen Standard Investments actively promotes a good work-life balance with manageable working hours, lots of health benefits and plenty of chances to socialise!

What support and career development opportunities have you been given?

Whilst on the graduate programme you are constantly supported.  I have completed IMC unit 1 and I am currently studying towards the CFA Level 1 exam. Your are sponsored through relevant industry qualifications that you would like to pursue and given extensive support with access to courses and study leave. In each rotation you are given a great deal of responsibility from an early stage which means that you can develop vital workplace skills and experiences which can be drawn upon throughout your career.  On a more personal note the opportunity to work in different geographical locations highlights the benefits of working for a global organisation with a diverse mix of cultures.

Charlie Behan
Charlie Behan
Programme - Global Product, Studied - International Relations, University of St Andrews

How would you describe the culture that you work in?

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last 6 months in an intense, fast-moving team who work hard. As part of the Private Markets Investment Specialist Team I have been thrown in at the deep end at an incredibly exciting time for the organisation. Whilst the team are flat out they always manage to spare time to run me through complicated topics to ensure I have a firm grasp.

What support and career development opportunities have you been given?

There are a number of formalised networks available, from the Young Persons Development Network (YPDN) to the People Function, there are numerous groups set up to ensure you are comfortable and thriving in your work place. The openness of colleagues to less formal channels for development such as mentoring and monthly catch-ups offers a more casual way to learn from others. Once you work out what suits you will be sure to find something for you here.

Why did you accept an early careers opportunity?

This decision was based primarily on the opportunity to learn. I wanted to join a large organisation with the infrastructure to properly train people as the training you receive at quality institutions stands you in such good stead for the rest of your career.

Gillian Chivinge
Gillian Chivinge
Programme - Equities, Studied - Accountancy and Finance, University of Aberdeen

What support and career development opportunities have you been given?

Significant CFA support, better than others in the industry from what I have heard from friends in similar positions. There are a high number of technical and soft skills training sessions that I have attended including presentation skills, business writing and cash flow analysis. All of which have been highly beneficial.

Support from Human Resources has been great; they see you as an individual as opposed to treating you as a faceless employee. In terms of career development, for me, getting so much responsibility so early on ensures you grow quickly.

Why did you decide to join and would you recommend the programmes?

The rotational scheme combined with the friendly, open culture and structure. This gives you the ability to learn directly from senior people which is great for career development. There is a huge focus on learning for graduates, which is great for career development. Nevertheless, you can still take on a lot of responsibility. Also, the exposure you get to various areas of the business and to senior people, who you can learn from directly, is unparalleled. Be open-minded, flexible and proactive, you will reap the rewards.

Cameron Bourne
Cameron Bourne
Programme - Distribution, Studied - French and Hispanic Studies, The University of Nottingham

What do you think is the main benefit for a graduate/intern working at Aberdeen Standard Investments?

For me, the main benefit of being a graduate is the ability to shape your rotations throughout the business. All teams are happy to accept Graduates if they show the desire and interest to try something new. The exposure you get to different parts of the business proves invaluable as you look to join a desk and you are able to refer and link to friends and colleagues in not only other areas of the business, but also other countries and regions. As a linguist at heart, the opportunity to meet colleagues from European offices is a huge benefit and I’m looking forward to spending at least one rotation out in a European regional office to test myself in a foreign investment environment.

What projects have you been involved in since you joined?

One of my favourite projects to work on was to organise and manage the bi-annual EMEA Sales Summit where European Business Development teams congregate in London for two days of insightful talks and presentations from colleagues situated in all parts of the business.

This year’s summit was especially interesting to organise given the news of the merger breaking in the run up to the event. It was a fantastic experience to help build an insightful and appropriate agenda that would aid the development of Distribution colleagues.

Martha McKay
Martha Mackay
Programme - Global Investment Sales, Studied - (MA) Economics & Finance, The University of Edinburgh

How would you describe the culture that you work in?

The one word to describe the culture here at Aberdeen Standard Investments is open. Not only do employees (of all levels) sit in an open environment, but there is a general sense of openness among colleagues. Everyone has a true willingness to help others, to answer questions, or even give up some time in their dairy to explain something to you. Internal relationships are highly valued and I believe this is a key reason why graduates settle in very quickly to Aberdeen Standard.

How do you see your career benefitting as a result of the merger between Standard Life Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management?

I think my career will benefit enormously from the merger between Standard Life Investments and Aberdeen Asset Management. Working in Global Investments Sales, meant I very quickly gained front line exposure to both retail and institutional clients. I currently cover the BeNeLux & France region, where SLI has a good market share. But now, by combining our capabilities with Aberdeen’s, it opens doors into new and exciting markets, with double the resource behind us, and for me, I now meet clients and represent the second largest asset manager in Europe, which is hugely rewarding so early in my career.

What support & career develop opportunities have you been given?

The support and career development opportunities have comfortably surpassed my own expectations. In my role I was given responsibility straight away, and since then, as I have become more confident in the job, that responsibility has only grown. At the same time, as a graduate you are able to develop on a personal basis through a variety of courses and challenges arranged purely for the graduates. You are encouraged to get qualifications, be it industry standard exams or something on the side, like picking up a new language. The support is always there, managers never lose sight of the fact you are still early on in your career and no matter what may be on your mind, you always have the ability to discuss it.

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