Having worked in a demanding industry prior to joining the Standard Life Investments* Investment20/20 programme, I have been able to adapt some previous project management skills and tailor them to plan, prioritise and structure my day to day responsibilities. I enjoy the interaction with colleagues across the wider group and find the business change area fast paced with high levels of engagement and responsibility.
Prior to joining Standard Life Investments in September 2016, I spent over seven years working offshore in the oil and gas industry. I have lived and worked in several different countries around the world including Australia, Holland and Norway where I operated as a well test technician before finally moving into exploration drilling. Finance and investment have always interested me. I paid particular attention to stocks and shares while working in the oil industry and continued to learn how simple supply and demand can have such a detrimental impact on market volatility. I wanted to change my working life and move into a sector that is both challenging and rewarding. The Investment20/20 programme was an attractive entry into the financial world and I am really enjoying the change in career.
The Investment20/20 programme has been a great experience so far. Personally, I would have liked a bit more structure and development invested in the trainees in relation to qualifications and more time spent around different areas of the business as opposed to just one placement for the year.