Multi-Asset Investing Strategy at Standard Life Aberdeen

Internship (1-4 Months)
Edinburgh Scotland
Review Date
£16,000 - £17,999
Banking - Investment Banking/Finance Science/Research


The Role



The Role

Role Description

The job involved research towards publications, writing a review of the week which involved reading the news on a daily basis and having meetings with people.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I thoroughly enjoyed my internship, being given real work from the outset. I was given 2 main projects to complete over the summer, alongside other small tasks. My projects involved me meeting with a variety of teams within the company, with the research I produced contributed to Standard Life Investments' Global series.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I definitely felt valued by my colleagues, in particular towards the end of my internship I had colleagues from other teams asking to see my research once I'd completed it. As interns we attended meetings both internally and externally and were encouraged to ask questions. We were also included in team social activities and networking events.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

The support from my line manager and the rest of my team was brilliant. My work was largely independent with my projects being well structured and clear expectations set at the start, but I still got to speak to my line manager on a daily basis and meet people from other teams within Standard Life Investments. I gained a great insight into how the company works as a whole.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

As I was given my projects at the start I was constantly kept busy and was largely left to manage my own time. There were always other small tasks to contribute to which broke the day up nicely. I had time to attend meetings, talk to other departments about their role and read the news on a daily basis.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

The work towards my projects was definitely of value given it will be contributing to the Global series; I was given the opportunity to write sections for publications and produced charts which were used. It was my responsibility to manage my time and complete my project on time, likewise when my line manager arranged meetings for me with relevant people from other teams it was up to me to extract the relevant information from them.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

I attended a day long course on Excel and VBA and had regular lunch time learning sessions for how to give presentations etc. I am definitely in a better position for writing my dissertation given the skills I have gained in how to research effectively, my excel is a lot better and my understanding of the financial markets has improved considerably. More generally I have developed my time management and writing skills.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

The atmosphere in the office was good.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

The structure of the internship was very good, with a good balance of training, independent work and attending of meetings. We also had lunch sessions with the interns from Standard Life Group which were well organised and gave us an opportunity to see what the rest of the organisation did.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

Both time and money were in invested in us, I can't think of any further training that I feel I could have benefitted from, the rest of my team were always able to help if I was struggling with anything.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Company Parties/Events
  • Staff Sales/Staff Shop

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?

They seem a great organisation to work for and the work life balance is very appealing. It is certainly an organisation I would look at for future employment.



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?

There were only 7 of us interning at Standard Life Investments although we socialised with Standard Life Group interns and graduates.


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

Exactly as I expected of a city, there are both cheap and expensive areas of town.


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

It's Edinburgh there will be something to suit everyone.


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

Where ever you are there will be opportunities, there are sports clubs within Standard Life which you can get involved in. There is also the Fringe which runs throught August.