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Tom Slater

BSc Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Edinburgh
Joined Baillie Gifford in 2000
Now a Partner, Long Term Global Growth

Developing a passion

When I first joined as a graduate trainee, becoming a partner was a remote goal. But as my career progressed, I became more passionate about this firm. Now I’m part of a group which steers the firm’s future, and that’s hugely rewarding.

Intellectual powerhouse

I didn’t want the type of job where you sit at a computer for 14 hours a day. Right from my first interview, this felt like an exciting place to be. It’s an intellectual powerhouse filled with people whose opinions I respect.

The world is your oyster

At university you study one subject in depth. At Baillie Gifford you gain a wide range of knowledge about many subjects, but not from textbooks or newspapers. You meet people who change the world: innovative, inspiring people like Jeff Bezos at Amazon and Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook.

Learn from your mistakes

At first it’s scary talking to people who obviously know more than you do, but there’s no substitute for experience. I believe you’re not a real investor until you’ve persuaded your team to buy a stock and it falls to zero. You have to be resilient; you will make a lot of mistakes and there’s a lot to learn.

What's your opinion?

Ultimately your motivation should be to pursue what you’re most interested in. We want people with an original perspective who can explore, question and come up with fresh ideas.

 

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