When I finished my undergraduate degree, I worked for some international development charities. This is when I became interested in how organisations engage with their staff and decided to do an HR qualification. Rather than apply for jobs after my Masters, I wanted to get a placement that would give me an oversight of the whole HR function and help me find the right specialism in which to build my career. I applied to Baillie Gifford because they have a large HR department and a reputation for looking after their staff.
As I had already worked for nearly two years before my Masters, I was slightly concerned that the placement wouldn’t be challenging enough. I needn’t have worried as I’ve been given a great mix of responsibilities. As well as helping with day-to-day tasks, I’ve been working on longer terms projects to develop an internal training course and research a new recruitment initiative. The work has been challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.
It’s a really supportive environment here. Our achievements are acknowledged and they encourage us to learn from any mistakes. I have regular meetings with my line manager to go through any questions or concerns, and she’s always willing to stop what she’s doing to explain things to me.
In order to succeed here you need a positive mindset and to go for everything that comes your way. You have to be proactive. My involvement in several projects came about because I had shown an interest, so I was offered the opportunity to get involved. If you’re ready for a challenge, then you can learn a lot at Baillie Gifford.