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?

Edinburgh Guarantee Traineeship

Our Edinburgh Guarantee School Leaver Trainee programme is aimed at people between the ages of 16 – 21 and 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!

Investment 2020 Traineeship

Our Investment 2020 Trainee Programme is aimed at people who have left school, recently graduated from college or university, or looking for a career change. The minimum qualifications required are 2 Highers/A ‘Levels.

Application Process

I have applied before. Can I apply again?

If you've applied to Standard Life Aberdeen for a traineeship position in the last 12 months and have been through a final-stage assessment centre, we may not be able to process a second application from you. If you fall into this category, it's very important that you contact the recruitment team before you re-apply.

Is there a closing date?

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

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 week 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 on 0131 245 1000.

What can I expect at an assessment centre?

Our assessment centres include a values-based interview and a group exercise and last approximately 2-3 hours.

Will I receive feedback?

Feedback is available for candidates attending assessment centre.

General

Where are your positions based?

Our traineeship positions are based at our headquarters in Edinburgh and we occasionally have opportunities in our London office.

When does the Traineeship start?

Our next cohort of Edinburgh Guarantee and Investment 2020 Trainees will start in August.

How long do the Traineeships last?

Edinburgh Guarantee

Edinburgh Guarantee Traineeships last for 6 months.

Investment 2020

Investment 2020 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 may include training courses as well as core development modules available for all Trainees. In addition Trainees have 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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