At Baillie Gifford, we’re less interested in what you know, than your curiosity to know more. As a graduate trainee, 80% of your time will be spent researching. And for us, inspiration can come from anywhere. You’ll have to cast your net far and wide to collect information and create your own unique viewpoint. This will enable you to spot investment opportunities that others may have missed.
It takes creativity to look at the world and imagine how it could change in the next five to ten years. It takes skill to identify the direction of corporate culture, how industries may evolve and the sways of our society. You’ll have to explore politics, socio-economic conditions and current affairs. It’s challenging, but it’s also incredibly intellectually rewarding.
Within the first few months, you’ll be expected to write a report on your findings. You’ll then present your report during one of your team’s regular stock discussions. Your team members will vary from graduates who were in your shoes last year all the way up to partners in the firm. It’s levelling to discover your ideas will be heard every bit as much as the ideas of senior investors.