Type of opportunity:
At Baillie Gifford we do much more than just buy shares in companies. We think about a company’s potential to grow significantly in the next five to ten years, which is often influenced by many diverse and conflicting factors.
Our work is a million miles from that stereotype of investors who constantly track markets looking for short-term gains. Instead, our focus is on developing a deep understanding of the underlying drivers behind potential investments. That means questioning everything that happens around us, and anticipating the consequences of local, regional and global events. In other words, we try to foresee what the future holds.
When imagining a role in the investment industry, you may picture a traditional financial position filled with mathematical analysis and number-crunching. But instead, let’s imagine something different. Imagine a role where your creativity is held in higher esteem than your numeracy skills. A position where your curiosity is cur-rency and where your potential is key.
On our Investment Research programme, around 80% of your time will be spent researching companies, indus-tries and ideas. So at Baillie Gifford, we’re less interested in what you know, than your enthusiasm to know more. For us, inspiration can come from anywhere. You’ll have to cast your net far and wide to collect infor-mation and create your own unique viewpoint. This will enable you to spot investment opportunities that others may have missed. In other words, you might be every bit as likely to find inspiration from an internet blog as you are from an industry conference.
Each year you’ll rotate to a new team, gaining a broad view of the different investments and geographies we work in. Taking on real responsibility in your first few months, you’ll be expected to write regular reports on your research findings. This should be familiar process for you from your experience of academic writing. You’ll then present your reports during one of your team’s regular stock discussions. These are where you’ll also be ex-pected to discuss and give your opinions on other stock ideas. Your team members will vary from graduates who were in your shoes last year all the way up to partners in the firm. Every opinion is valued, as we believe any viewpoint could unearth huge opportunities.
When you join, you will be part of a culture that cares about you as an individual. You’ll work closely with senior employees and receive guidance from a programme manager, a year group mentor and a mentor within each placement; all to ensure you reach your full potential.
At Baillie Gifford, we like to see things differently. For us, it’s not about looking for graduates from a particular degree. Instead, we look for particular graduates – people who are inquisitive thinkers who have the vision to see what the future could look like. That’s why we’re just as likely to hire a musician, a doctor and a politics graduate, as we are a mathematician.
As with our investments, we’re good at spotting potential. Our graduates are given responsibility from day one, with the right support and training to ensure they flourish. So, consider your own potential. Do you ask questions, solve problems and think differently? Then we imagine you’d be a good fit for Baillie Gifford.
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