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Baillie Gifford & Co

Baillie Gifford & Co

Employee profile

Aidan Flood

Aidan Flood

Technical Infrastructure Placement Intern, 2019

Practical Experience

I found out about Baillie Gifford when some recent interns gave a presentation at my university. They spoke so passionately about how positive their experience at the company had been and explained how they had been able to put their lab and theory work to practice in a real business environment. I was also able to join a student visit to Baillie Gifford’s Data Centre and was amazed that we were given the opportunity to see their servers and how the technology behind the scenes worked. We were made to feel really welcome and I chatted with many of the department heads.

Projects & Responsibility

I was quite nervous when I started here, as I’ve not really had any professional work experience before, but they take you under their wing. For example, during my induction I had a series of one-to-one meetings with the team managers across the Information Systems departments to help understand everyone’s roles. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in various projects of my own, including handling a server upgrade and taking responsibility of Zoom.

Office Management

Since joining one of my jobs has been to help set up equipment in a new area of the office and I was also given a project to ensure the firm’s MacBooks remained compliant and functional within the business. Through my time here I’ve been treated as any other staff member would and have been given the responsibility and trust to take on important tasks. Along with this, the training and support I’ve received has been outstanding.

Part of the Team

As I’ve moved through the placement rotations, everyone has made a real effort to make me feel part of the team. In my first week with the firm, I was given a ticket to the TEDX conference in Glasgow. About 15 of us from across the department attended. I also went to the Service Desk away day, during which we discussed how improvements could be made to our service, took part in team-building exercises and completed an escape room. (Take out – It was really fun, and I feel like I’ve been part of the team for ages.)