Development

One of our corporate strategic objectives is to attract, develop and retain talented people. We pride ourselves on it.

From the moment of joining the company you get great support and career development opportunities. I have received a lot of support in deciding my rotations in order to ensure alignment with my areas of interest but also coherence between rotations.

I have also been encouraged to work towards qualifications like the IMC and the CFA, and have been supported every step of the way so far.

Carmen Olds

The success of our business, including funds and solutions, is down to our talented people across the globe, who collaborate and strive for excellence in all they do. As well as ensuring our people are engaged and rewarded appropriately, we offer a range of personal development programmes to help progress their skills, knowledge and careers. Our early careers programmes allow you to take control of your own development.

Building experience through cooperation and collaboration. Structured development programmes. Using technology in learning. These are all the core parts of your development journey with us. We have a real sense of community with support and guidance from , your placement manager, your buddy in the form of a previous graduate,  a wide range of colleagues as well as your fellow graduate cohorts

Internships

Our intern programme gives you a valuable opportunity to learn about our business, our people and our culture.

Over 10 weeks, you’ll have exposure to real business situations, with real responsibility – allowing you to make informed decisions on your future career, whilst having the chance to show us what you can do.

As well as the opportunity to learn on the job and from your colleagues there are formal development challenges set throughout giving you training to improve your communication, presentation and excel skills as well as build your knowledge of the business and industry.

On completion of your internship, you may have the opportunity to join our graduate programme. Here you will have multiple team rotations throughout  departments to enable your development and provide you with a more broad view of the area, coupled with the ability to expand your network. In addition to a structured development programme in a highly supportive team environment, you will gain invaluable skills and experience on which to grow your future career.

Graduate Programmes

Our graduate development programmes provides you with the opportunity to rotate around the business for six month placements giving you exposure to the wider business and the stream you are working in. To support our graduates to hit the ground running we provide an extensive induction giving you access to hear from senior professionals across the company, complete soft and technical skills training courses and give you the opportunity to get to know your cohort of graduates.

As well as the opportunity to complete structured development sessions over the duration of the programme we also support our graduates through professional qualifications to help them build their expertise from the beginning of their career. Study support and time are given to our graduates to ensure they can focus on their qualification as well as their role. More information about the qualifications supported can be found on individual stream pages (links below).

Regardless of your role in our business, we aim to build experience through cooperation and collaboration. We also pride ourselves on the natural sense of community we have – ensuring great support from colleagues and peers, allowing everyone to reach their full potential.

As an employee of Standard Life Aberdeen, you will have  the opportunity to contribute to our charity agenda, community projects and the chance to join our award winning Young Persons Development Network. See our inclusive culture.

Find out more about our opportunities below.

“I get support from my manager and graduate stream head who I have regular meetings with. I also have a graduate buddy who I meet regularly for coffee. Having a strong support network is important on the graduate scheme and I’m now acting as a buddy for one of the new starters.”
Andrew McArthur
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