Your development

From gaining knowledge to gaining recognition, it’s your development, your way.

Starting your development journey

Building experience through cooperation and collaboration. Structured development programmes. Using technology in learning. These are all the core parts of your development journey with us. We also have a real sense of community with support and guidance from your mentor. Several programmes include study and exams that lead to professional qualifications. And there’s the opportunity to contribute to charity and community projects too.

  1. Induction day

    Meet your peers, start your network and find out where you’ll be working. for the next six months.

  2. Coffee sessions

    Meet senior leaders and talk about how you’re getting on.

  3. Career insights days

    Hear colleagues from different parts of our business share their career journeys.

  4. Community Challenge

    Work as a team to deliver a sustainability project for a local charity.

  5. Training courses

    Get career ready with professional training for things like presentation skills, CV & interview coaching, and communications. Available throughout your placement.

  1. Induction day

    During your induction day you will meet other new trainees, hear from former trainees and learn more about our business, strategy and ambitions.

  2. On the job training

    Your manager and colleagues will provide you with help, guidance and support as you learn your role.

  3. Development sessions

    During your 12 months, you’ll get access to a variety of development opportunities. From informal sessions with senior leaders to formal courses in essential skills like communications, effective presenting and how to influence decision-making. We also run ‘career-ready’ sessions for CV writing, setting up your professional profile on sites like LinkedIn and interview techniques to help you get your next job.

  4. Mentor and buddy

    Your buddy – a former trainee – will offer help and support in your day to day work. You will also have a mentor to give advice and guidance on your role and career development.

  5. Networks

    The group you meet on induction day is your first professional network. We organise a calendar of get togethers – e.g. lunch and learns and other development sessions –and you’re encouraged to expand and build your own networks too.

  6. Future roles

    During your 12-month internship, you’re free to check out our internal vacancy bulletin advertising permanent roles at Standard Life.

  1. June 2017

    Your first four weeks are made up of setting your goals and success criteria, exploring your personal strengths, networking and 1:1s with your placement manager. You’ll also hear from colleagues who will share their career journeys at Standard Life.

  2. July 2017

    Weeks 5 to 7 include your mid-placement review, skills development in areas like presentation skills and a Sustainability team Challenge.

  3. August 2016

    Weeks 8 to 10 include a final presentation to your peers and senior managers, a performance review from your placement manager and, of course, a celebration event.

  1. June 2017

    Welcome Day for all new graduate recruits. Meet your peers, find out more about our business and our strategic direction.

  2. September 2017

    Graduate induction. Network with your peers, find out more about your graduate stream and your development plans, meet your manager and your team.

  3. October 2017

    Graduate conference. Meet senior leaders, learn about our business and strategy, begin to focus on your personal development and how you can best manage your future career.

  4. Spring 2018

    Sustainability charity challenge. Work as a team to deliver a sustainability project to a local charity within Scotland. Illustrate your teamwork and leadership skills as you play to your strengths in order to deliver for a client.

  5. Spring 2019

    Graduation conference. Supporting your career management and future as you get ready to leave the graduate programme.