1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I help out the Early Careers Recruitment Team mainly hiring graduates, interns, trainees and apprentices. During an average day I could be running an assessment centre or screening applications or general admin work. All of these things have offered me a different kind of insight as to what kind of work goes into each aspect of the role.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Yes, I believe that I have become a lot more confident during my time at Schroders and it has also taught me how to deal with everyday work issues. I also think that this has made me understand how a business works through the responsibility that I have been given.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I enjoy my programme a lot. I believe that this is likely to be down to the level of responsibility/trust that I have been given whilst I have been at Schroders. I find that as soon as I joined everyone was very willing to help me - whether they are in my team or not.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The programme itself is not completely structured due to the fact it is only a 12 month programme, and so there is no regular training that we recieve, like we would in an apprenticeship. Once joined the business, I would suggest that the programme should be more structured and that the training should be more relevent.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I recieve a lot of support from everyone around me. I have a good relationship with my team, which I think has helped me to learn as much as possible and gain experience outside of my day-to-day job. The HR generalist team is very helpful if I have any questions and they are always willing to help.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
As a trainee, we only complete a general Investment qualifcation, of which we are expected to learn ourselves in our spare time, along side some study leave that we will get near to the exam. Schroders provides us with all of the materials that we will need to be able to comfortably sit the exam.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I do not feel that the qualification that I will be doing will particularly benefit me in the role that I am doing at this time. However, I do believe that the qualification will be beneficial for me when it comes to working within the industry at some point in the future.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
Schroders runs a range of different activities that anyone within the business can get involved in. This can be within work time, such as taking part in any gym classes. We also offer activities outside of work such as netball or football. Not only this but you can also join clubs/communities.
9a. Would you recommend Schroders to a friend?
I believe that Schroders has a very enjoyable working culture, and it is very welcoming. The Early Careers programmes are very well respected as a lot of senior individuals started off in the business on one of the programmes that we run. This means that everyone within the business gets involved and so it offers a great opportunity to network with people within the business.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Schroders?
I would suggest that they do not try to change their skill sets to suit the department that they have applied to as during the application process, we try to match people to a role that is best suited to their skill set. Therefore it is likely that they come in for one vacancy and find that they are likely to enjoy a different department to what they expected.
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