1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
I am a corporate governace trainee, working within the ESG team. My day to day work involves client reporting, this is on a monthly, quarterly, annual or ad-hoc basis. Other jobs include setting new funds up for proxy voting, screening funds for controversial investments (e.g tobacco), and working out voting statistics.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt many skills throughout my traineeship. Some of these include being more independent and able to think and solve problems on my own. I have also learnt how to communicate in a business environment and how to write in a corporate manner. Other practical skills I have learnt include having a more advanced knowledge of computer applications such as Excel.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I have really enjoyed my traineeship. From the very start we have been involved in training days and social events with the other trainees and apprentices. Coupled with being a part of the i2020 scheme, we get invited to many different events and training days, which encourage us to learn more about the industry we work in and meet other trainees in the same position as us at different companies.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The traineeship is fairly well organised. We are always given plenty of notice before trainee events and are helped when needed with planning for external events (eg speaking in schools). The structure of the programme is a 1 year contract which allows you to plan for your next steps within your year of work.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
We revieve lots of support from our employer. This includes training days in the first couple of months to help us adjust to working life, e.g business writing training and time management training. We also receive a one day revision session in order to prepare us for our exam.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
We receive some support from our training provider when revising for our exam. They put on training days throughout the year which indirectly link to the Investment exam, and then come into work to provide a one day revision course before the exam. They also provide lots of material on the internet to aid revision.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
I think the training has given me a broader understanding of the investment industry which helps me when carrying out my everyday tasks. This is because I have a fuller understanding of the definitions of the 'everyday' words being used and the meaning behind the work that I carry out everyday.
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.)
Yes there are many different extra-curricular activities to get involved in. Many of these are sports teams such as netball, football, climbing. Work also put on many social events such as cooking classes, quizes, photography competitions and charity sports games. Social nights are also arranged at nearby bars/pubs to play games such as ping pong,
9a. Would you recommend Schroders to a friend?
I have enjoyed all the time I have been here
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Schroders?
Be youself in the interview and have some basic knowledge on Schroders at the interview.
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