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We’ve grouped the most popular questions about our early careers programmes. If you can’t find the answer to your question, call us or send an email.

What are your entry requirements?

For most of our programmes we require a 2:1 degree in any discipline. For a small number our requirements differ slightly. Please see our individual graduate programme pages within our opportunities section.

To be eligible to apply for most of our Summer Internships you must be in your penultimate year at University. The reason for this - if you have a successful Internship, there may be an opportunity for you to be offered a place on our Graduate programme in 2018.

I have studied at a non-UK University and my degree is classified differently, what should I do?

As long as your degree is the equivalent of a 2.1 this is fine. Please fill in the application form as normal, outlining your qualifications as stated on your certificate.

I graduated a few years ago - can I still apply?

As long as your degree is the equivalent of a 2.1 this is fine. Please fill in the application form as normal, outlining your qualifications as stated on your certificate.

I don't think my degree is relevant to the programme I am applying to. Will this affect my chances?

No. For most of our programmes we do not require a specific degree discipline. We are looking for an interest in Standard Life and the programme you are applying to as well as a variety of behavioural attributes. These include the motivation to succeed, the ability to make decisions and the talent to work with a variety of different individuals to achieve a result.

We look at applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to apply early as our vacancies fill quickly. Once they are filled, we will close the applications.

 

Where are your positions based?

Most of our graduate positions are based at our headquarters in Edinburgh. We also have a small number of opportunities in Asia.

When do graduate programmes and internships start?

Our graduate programmes start in September of each year. Our internships start in June.

How long do graduate programmes and internships last?

Internships last for ten weeks each summer, beginning in June. The lengths of our graduate programmes vary depending on programme. Please see the graduate programme page for more detailed information.

Do you provide any help with relocation?

Yes. We class anyone living more than 35 miles away as being eligible for relocation. For internships, this means we would support you to find shared accommodation for the duration of the internship. For those of you starting a graduate programme, we would support shared accommodation and pay our rent for up to the first two months of your employment.

Other than that, there is plenty of help and advice available to help you settle in here.

What development/support do you offer?

All of our graduates have a variety of opportunities open to them to support their development. This includes support to successfully complete professional qualifications specific to their programme, as well as core development modules available for all graduates. In addition graduates have a buddy and a mentor to work with them throughout their programme. See our graduate development page for more information.

What happens at the end of the graduate programme/internship?

At the end of your internship, we will make a decision as to whether to offer you a place on a graduate programme for the following year. At the end of your graduate programme, we will support you to seek and apply for a suitable permanent role. This will be in line with the business area and your development aspirations.

 

Can I apply for more than one of the graduate or internship programmes?

We recommend that you apply for only one of our programmes in the recruitment cycle that runs from September each year. If you want to apply for more than one, please contact us.

I have applied before. Can I apply again?

If you've applied to Standard Life for a graduate position in the last two years and have been through a final-stage assessment centre, we may not be able to process a second application from you. If you fall into this category, it's very important that you contact the graduate recruitment team before you re-apply.

Do you sponsor students through university?

Not at the moment.

Is there a closing date?

Please check the information for the programme or internship you are applying for, our vacancies launch in September for the following year. Internships start in June and the graduate programmes start in September.

We look at applications on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's important to apply early as our vacancies fill quickly. Once they are filled, we will close the applications.

When will I hear about the progress of my application?

You'll receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within 24 hours of submission. We aim to inform you within a month of your application whether or not you're through to the next stage.

What should I do if I am having technical problems with my online tests?

Please contact our online test provider on assessment.uk@cut-e.com.

How can I practise for the online tests?

We would recommend applicants take the time to complete a few practice tests before undertaking the actual test. Getting familiar with the types of questions and timing of the tests will help you feel more relaxed in the real test situation, and give you a better opportunity to show your true ability. Please check out Cut-e Assessments' Practice Site.

Do I have to pay for my travel or accommodation to an assessment centre?

If we have invited you to attend a selection event we will contribute to your travel and accommodation. Once you reach this stage, we will tell you what the arrangements are.

What can I expect at an assessment centre?

For all graduate programmes, our assessment centres include a competency based interview, a case-study exercise and some group work and last a full day, until around 4pm. We also ask you to be available the afternoon and evening before the assessment centre so that you can join us to hear more about the programme you have applied for and meet some of our current graduates.

Will I receive feedback?

Feedback is available for candidates attending assessment centre.

 

I have individual circumstances that I would like to discuss?

Please contact us.

 

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