The training is abundant and second-to-none. In the first three months, we had technical training on things like databases and aspects of SQL. We also have soft skills training on networking, assertiveness and presenting. After my degree, it was really refreshing to do something different and learn such diverse skills. Since the induction I’ve also had comprehensive training on Palo Alto firewalls and Microsoft System Centre Configuration management.
When I first joined the Data Centre & Operations team, there was lots of technology that I had never used before. However, my manager was supportive and allowed me time to research and ask any questions about the new technologies. I then led a project to set up new video conferencing systems. I’d never worked with that technology before, so it was great to be given the responsibility of rolling it out.
Every day here holds something new and interesting. A recent highlight was doing some concept testing with one of my team leaders. In simple terms, we took some new technology that Baillie Gifford are thinking of adopting and tried to break it. It’s part of the process we do here to make sure this is something Baillie Gifford really wants to implement. It was challenging but exceptionally rewarding to know our tests will decide if the firm chooses to invest in this technology.
Exploring New Ideas
With every new project, I learn something new. When I was on the Service Desk, I was part of a project to role-out new iPads to all the firm’s users. This involved explaining the new features to over 200 people. I’ve also been part of a much bigger project to install a completely new cutting-edge infrastructure throughout Baillie Gifford. I’ve been here just under a year and the amount I’ve been able to learn has really exceeded my expectations.