Frequently asked questions

We’ve grouped the most popular questions about our early careers programmes. If you can’t find the answer to your question, contact us via email, or make use of our early careers chatbot.

Application Process

Can I apply for more than one of the graduate or internship programmes?

You may apply to more than one of our programmes during the recruitment cycle, however it is important to make sure you thoroughly research the business stream you are applying to, and ensure your skills, experiences and capabilities match the programme and stream.

Is there a closing date?

We look at applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to apply early as our vacancies fill quickly. Once they are filled, we will close the applications.

Our vacancies for graduate and intern positions launch in October 2019. Summer internships start in June 2020 and the graduate programmes start in September 2020.

When will I hear about the progress of my application?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of submission. We aim to inform you within a month of your application whether or not you're through to the next stage.

What should I do if I am having technical problems with my online tests?

Please e-mail our online test provider.

What should I do if I have any additional needs or adjustments which need to be made in order to enable me to get the best out of any stage of the recruitment process?

Please contact us if you have a disability which requires any adjustments to be made to any stage of the recruitment process. Our Early Careers team will be pleased to discuss your needs and ensure that these are accommodated.

How can I practise for the online tests?

We would recommend applicants take the time to complete a few practice tests before undertaking the actual test. Getting familiar with the types of questions and timing of the tests will help you feel more relaxed in the real test situation, and give you a better opportunity to show your true ability. Please check out Cut-e Assessments' Practice Site.

Do I have to pay for my travel or accommodation to an assessment centre?

If we have invited you to attend a selection event we will support your visit to our offices by covering accommodation and standard class travel, if you are travelling more than 12 miles to attend the event. All receipts must be provided.

Will I receive feedback?

Feedback is available for candidates attending the assessment centre day.

Do you provide any help with relocation?

Candidates relocating from 35 miles away are eligible for relocation support. For internships, this means we would support you to find shared accommodation for the duration of the internship. For those of you starting a graduate programme, we would support shared accommodation for up to the first 4 weeks of your employment. Other than that, there is plenty of help and advice available to help you settle in here.

What development/support do you offer?

All of our graduates and interns have a variety of opportunities open to them to support their development. Please visit our development page for more information on these programmes.

What happens at the end of the graduate programme/internship?

At the end of your internship, we will make a decision as to whether to offer you a place on a graduate programme for the following year. At the end of your graduate programme, we will support you to seek and apply for a suitable permanent role. This will be in line with the business area and your development aspirations.

Entry Criteria

What are your entry requirements?

Standard Life Aberdeen Traineeship

Our Traineeship is aimed at people between the ages of 16-21 who have recently left school or college. There are no minimum qualifications or experience required – we do however expect you to have lots of enthusiasm and be able to demonstrate an ability to learn and work hard!

Application Process

I have applied before. Can I apply again?

Yes, we will accept and consider applications from candidates who have applied previously.

Is there a closing date?

Please check the information for the programme website page/advert for specific closing dates. Our vacancies launch in May/June and Traineeships start in October.

When will I hear about the progress of my application?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of submission. We aim to inform you within 10 days of your application whether or not you're through to the next stage.

What should I do if I am having technical problems?

Please contact us at entrylevel.recruitment@aberdeenstandard.com

What can I expect at an Assessment Centre held in your offices?

Our Assessment Centre’s include a competency-based interview, a case study presentation and a group exercise. Please note, this may differ if the process is ran virtually.

Will I receive feedback?

Feedback is available for candidates who have undergone a telephone interview or assessment centre.

General

Where are your positions based?

Our traineeship positions are based at our headquarters in Edinburgh and also our Bow Bells House office in London.

When does the Traineeship start?

Our next cohort of Trainees will start in October.

How long do the Traineeships last?

Traineeships last for 12 months.

What development/support do you offer?

All of our Trainees have a variety of opportunities open to them to support their development. This can include gaining qualifications such as a Foundation or Modern apprenticeship. In addition to this, trainees will complete training courses as well as core development modules. Trainees are also given a mentor to work with them throughout their programme.

What happens at the end of the traineeship?

At the end of your traineeship, you will either leave the Company or depending on your development and careers aspirations, we will support you to explore further opportunities within Standard Life Aberdeen.

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