Standard Life Aberdeen, Baillie Gifford and Stewart Investors collaborate to develop podcast series

Standard Life Aberdeen, Baillie Gifford and Stewart Investors collaborate to develop podcast series

Kirsty Gibson

Three UK investment management firms, Standard Life Aberdeen, Baillie Gifford and Stewart Investors, have collaborated with the charity Future Asset and the not-for-profit organisation Breaking Through Careers to develop an investment management podcast series.

The series will break down industry jargon, debunk myths and tackle stereotypes within the industry.

This new podcast is a way to appeal directly to young people from all backgrounds and will offer first-hand practical information in a fun and accessible manner. In each episode, the podcast host will be joined by a secondary school pupil who asks the questions that many young people are curious to know the answers to.

Commenting on the new podcast series, Kirsty Gibson, investment manager at Baillie Gifford, said: “I want girls to know that working in investment can be a job that really gets you out of bed in the morning. It’s exciting, varied, and a great career for anyone who is curious about the world. One day I’m talking to the boss of a social media giant or the founder of a company making flying taxis, the next it’s a company on a mission to find a cure for cancer. It’s never boring.

“Having attended local schools in Aberdeenshire, I know it’s not always obvious or easy for young people to go down this route but there is now support and information out there if you need it. And you don’t have to study finance and economics or attend a fancy school and university. Our investment team is full of people with a positive attitude, determination, a variety of interests and different backgrounds. Those attributes are more important for investing.”

Breaking Through Careers is a not-for-profit initiative that aims to provide young people with a fun and engaging career selection toolkit. It aims to illuminate, inform and inspire using a wide range of resources that cater for various learning styles and social backgrounds.

Gillian Chivinge, CEO, Breaking Through Careers, added: “Today we are excited to support our partners as they launch this new initiative which provides young people with a unique learning resource. We hope this will be the first in a long list of mini-series designed to help young people.”

Future Asset is a programme that informs girls in Scotland about careers in investment management, enthuses them about opportunities in the sector, and widens the talent pipeline whilst improving diversity in the industry. We advocate that being female should never be a barrier to pursuing any career whilst helping them to develop skills, confidence and purpose.

Helen Bradley, programme manager, Future Asset, commented: “At Future Asset, we believe that being female should never be seen as a barrier to progressing in the career you choose. Today we’re delighted to launch this series, designed to encourage even more girls to look at the world of investment management so that they can see that this can be a personally rewarding world to explore.”

Lynne Connolly, head of diversity and inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen, who is participating in the podcast series, said: “Standard Life Aberdeen recognises the importance of being at the forefront of transformation within the investment management industry and this starts with ensuring our industry is accessible and better understood by young people. We’re committed to creating and fostering inclusive workspaces, where talented young people can join and have a great career in investment management.

“That’s why partnering with Future Asset and Breaking Through Careers is so important to help break down barriers. This investment management series helps to share the many career routes open to young people joining our industry and hopefully encourage them to bring their different perspectives, experiences and creativity into our industry.”

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