Big name asset managers launch educational podcast for young investors

19 June 2021

Standard Life Aberdeen, Baillie Gifford and Stewart Investors have joined forces with charity Future Asset and not-for-profit organisation Breaking Through Careers to launch an investment management podcast aimed at helping young people learn about the industry.

The new podcast aims to break down industry jargon, debunk myths and tackle stereotypes by providing practical information in a more informal way.

Each episode will feature a secondary school pupil to ask questions that young people are curious to know the answers to.

Future Asset said the podcast will also encourage more girls to explore the world of investment management as a potential career path.

Lynne Connolly, head of diversity and inclusion, Standard Life Aberdeen, 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.

“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.”

Kirsty Gibson, investment manager, Baillie Gifford, commented: “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. 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.”

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