Maxine Reid

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Joined Baillie Gifford in 2014
Glasgow Caledonian University, Networking & Systems Support

Learning in action

When I think about it, I’m amazed at how much I achieved during my time on the Technology Solutions Programme and in the roles I’ve done since then. I enjoy pushing myself, and I’ve challenged myself on C# and SQL in particular. I’ve found that there are lots of opportunities to learn about new technologies, as well as build from scratch. Unlike what happens at university, where it’s all just theory, it’s great to see something that the business will use.

Career development

Earlier in my career here, I had the opportunity to work in our smaller New York office on a three-month secondment. That was an amazing experience at every level. I was the face of IT and didn’t want to let the IS team down! I worked closely with a third-party support vendor and implemented new tech including, Cisco Meraki and an ACS server. It was interesting work, and I learned a lot in a short time. I would thoroughly recommend this to any future graduate.

Delivering expertise

Back in Edinburgh, I’m working on rolling out the cloud networking Meraki system to this office and beyond. I’m also part of a project team rolling out Bomgar for remote support. It’s great to be the networking team member on these kinds of projects. I enjoy pushing myself, and I’m pleased with the breadth of day-to-day tasks generally. I want to continue to learn about technologies used within the server or networking teams and improve my troubleshooting skills.