After an eye-opening internship at Standard Life, Ben was delighted to accept a job with them in Edinburgh. He’s developing his career and enjoying spectacular views in Scotland’s friendly cosmopolitan capital.
Why work in Scotland?
After studying mathematics and statistics at Newcastle University I did an extra year to get my masters. The summer before my last year I applied for an actuarial internship with Standard Life in Edinburgh.
It was a good experience - it gave me an insight into the industry and showed me how I could use maths to solve problems in a business context. And the people at Standard Life were really friendly and helpful. They opened my eyes to an actuarial career.
Thanks to the success of my internship, Standard Life offered me a job when I graduated. I was delighted to come back to Edinburgh and work with the team.
The excellent study support provided by the company helped me complete my professional qualification in three-and-a-half years compared to the industry average of six years.
Working for Standard Life
I work with the UK Strategy Department supporting our propositions for long-term savings sold through financial advisers. Although this is a non-traditional role, the solid foundation in finance and pricing I’ve gained has allowed me to apply my knowledge and experience elsewhere.
That’s why I like working for Standard Life – through the rotation programme I’ve been able to experience other parts of the company and get a better understanding of the business.
Living in Scotland
Working in Edinburgh is great because it is such a beautiful and compact city – and so easy to get around. At lunchtime I can go shopping along Princess Street or enjoy a snack in the gardens under the castle. You certainly can’t do that everywhere.
As well as getting married in the last year, we bought our first flat. Being able to walk from the flat to my desk in 10 minutes is a fantastic luxury that isn’t possible in other cities.
We can see Edinburgh castle from our flat. And it’s been the perfect spot to enjoy both the Fringe Festival and Hogmanay fireworks – all from the comfort of our own home.
Before I had less time for recreation because I was busy with my studies but now that they’re finished I’m learning golf with Elly. I’m also taking advantage of the excellent skiing on our doorstep in Scotland.
We really enjoy it here – it’s the ideal life.