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Ameil Tailor

Ameil 

Role: Graduate Programme 2017

University/Degree: Imperial College Business School London, MSc in Investment and Wealth Management

Time with Insight: since 2017

What makes Insight a different place to work?
The graduate programme at Insight has been very supportive. From CFA classes to VBA training, Insight is always willing to provide resources to develop our skills.

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
My biggest piece of advice would be to know the company and what makes it unique within the asset management industry. The assessment centre is a great chance to meet many people from Insight and knowledge of the company's background and its different divisions is a major benefit.

Francesca Turner

Francesca 

Role: Graduate Programme 2017

University/Degree: The London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc in Economics

Time with Insight: since 2017

What makes Insight a different place to work?
The people on each team I've worked on, as well as people in different teams and business areas, have been really helpful and supportive with any queries or problems I have had. It has hugely helped me to better understand my role as well as to better fit in within Insight as a company.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned in your first year at Insight?
Be as inquisitive as you possibly can. I've found that asking questions has been the most effective way to learn and to get as much out of my rotations as I could. It also helps you to understand things beyond your immediate team or role which has been really useful to my development as I've moved through different teams over the past year.

Rory Stanyard

Rory

Role: Graduate Programme 2017

University/Degree: Durham University, BA in Economics

Time with Insight: since 2017

What makes you proud to work here?
The quality of the people and the sense of community within the firm. As a graduate I have found it a very welcoming and inclusive environment.

What have you enjoyed about the rotation programme so far?
The opportunity to familiarise yourself with different areas of the firm is invaluable, both in terms of understanding the different business areas but also getting to know a wider circle of friends and colleagues.

Michael Warner

Michael 

Role: Graduate Programme 2017

University/Degree: Lancaster University, MPhys Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology

Time with Insight: since 2017

What makes Insight a different place to work?
One of the things I’ve noticed at Insight is that people throughout the business are approachable and always willing to meet and share their knowledge and experience. Despite being an international and relatively large business, it has a small-company feel where it is easy to collaborate across the business. It’s also possible to make a difference and contribute in a supportive environment right from the beginning.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
On the Graduate Programme at Insight I was assigned both a mentor and an HR manager who were available to answer any questions I had regarding aspects of work that weren’t directly related to my role. Also, asking questions on the job is always encouraged both with colleagues and with my line manager. At Insight, you are encouraged to develop your professional skills and during the first year I have attended a number of development courses covering both technical and softer skills, in addition to taking the IMC and starting the CFA accreditation.

Jessica Shuman

Jessica

Role: Solution Designer, Client Solutions Group

University/Degree: University of Oxford, MA in English Language and Literature

Time with Insight: since 2013

What makes you proud to work here?
What struck me as soon as I joined was the quality of my colleagues. People here really care about doing the right thing for our clients and I feel very privileged to work with such passionate people. Insight has grown significantly since I joined, but we seem to have maintained the entrepreneurial spirit which has allowed us to continue to develop our offerings as clients’ needs evolve. The atmosphere here is very collaborative and there is a communal sense of ownership, with people pulling together to get the job done. I feel really lucky to be able to say that (for the most part) I genuinely look forward to coming to work and feel that my contribution is valued.

How has your role evolved since joining?
I’ve learned so much since joining and my role has developed accordingly. Whilst I started out supporting senior Solution Designers, I now have my own clients and regularly attend client meetings and pitch for new business. About two years ago, I switched to working almost exclusively on clients who invest in our pooled funds. Since then, I have been involved in evolving our pooled fund range, both by improving existing funds and launching new funds. The pooled funds are definitely a growing part of the business which means there are always opportunities to take on new work which has allowed me to grow my skillset.

Gauthier Mavinga

Gauthier

Role: Portfolio Manager

University/Degree: Paris Dauphine University, MSc in Information Systems applied to Business Management

Time with Insight: since 2014

What makes you proud to work here?
The ability that the company has to combine a flat structure (open door policy) with very high professional standards and responsibilities.

What makes Insight a different place to work?
Whilst Insight may not be a household name, the company is distinguished by its culture, challenges, goals and achievements.

Lewis Barge

Lewis

Role: Graduate Programme 2018

University/Degree: University of Bath, MEng Aerospace Engineering

Time with Insight: since 2018

What makes you proud to work here? 
I feel privileged to be working alongside and learning from such highly intelligent colleagues, who care about getting the best results for our clients. Coming in as a graduate, I have found myself working in a collaborative and supportive environment where you are encouraged to make a valued contribution from the outset.

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
In terms of being prepared, try to gain an understanding of Insight’s role as an asset manager and get a sense of the company culture and values. During the assessment centre itself, I found it helpful not to focus too much on the end result of being a successful candidate and approached each activity like it was an interesting and enjoyable challenge rather than a nerve-wracking assessment. In this way I think my natural personality came across which is the best way for the assessors to see whether you would be a good fit for Insight. Remember the assessment centre is also the best way to decide for yourself if Insight is somewhere you could see yourself working as you get to meet many people from across the business.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned in your first year at Insight?
Learning that as long as you show a willingness to learn and work hard, people are always ready to offer support and advice to help you develop in each role. Be confident in yourself but don’t be afraid to ask for help along the way - building a network of supportive, experienced colleagues is the best way to progress in your career.

What have you enjoyed about the rotation programme so far?
The rotating scheme has meant I have been able to build a wide network of supportive colleagues throughout different areas of the business - which has helped me progress in the roles I have taken as well as building my overall understanding of the business.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
On the graduate scheme I have an assigned mentor - we meet for a coffee every so often to keep up to date and this is a great way of receiving informal but valuable advice on building your career. The HR team involved in the graduate scheme were also regularly in touch and helpful in terms of planning your route through the various rotations to try and get the best outcome for your and the business.

We have been given the opportunity to attend various training programmes to further our professional development as well as receiving time out of the office to prepare for our IMC and CFA exams.

Alexander Verissimo

Alex

Role: Graduate Programme 2018

University/Degree: University of Nottingham – Economics BSc

Time with Insight: since 2018

What have you enjoyed about the rotation programme so far?
The rotational nature of the graduate programme has given me a solid understanding of how Insight operates and they ways different teams work together. It’s been great to work in different teams across the company in an environment where everyone has a sense of pride and ownership about what they do.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
Being assigned a mentor who I was able to meet before starting on the graduate programme helped me settle into Insight quickly and I felt like there was always someone I could go to if I had any questions. I also had the opportunity to attend sessions on key skills such as business writing, networking, and VBA; which have proven to be very useful.

Mallika Khoobarry

Mallika

Role: Graduate Programme 2018

University/Degree: Queen Mary University – Economics BSc

Time with Insight: since 2018

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
Research the company you are applying to and come prepared with questions specific to the firm.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned in your first year at Insight?
Be open to all opportunities that may come your way. I’ve learnt that showing an interest and getting involved helps you to meet people around the firm and develop a more holistic understanding of the business.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
There is a mentorship programme which I appreciated as it helps to know a friendly face when you first start. As the programme progressed I found that there are many people around the business who are keen to support you and having this network can help you navigate the challenges of starting work.

Andi Afezoli

Andi

Role: Graduate Programme 2018

University/Degree: University of St Andrews – MMath – Integrated Masters in Mathematics and Statistics

Time with Insight: since 2018

What makes Insight a different place to work?
The culture is more supportive and less hierarchical than in other firms. There is a keen interest amongst your colleagues to help your development.

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
Make sure you know about the key areas of Insight’s business and what makes it unique. Most importantly, be yourself.

What is the most valuable thing you have learned in your first year at Insight?
For me, it’s the understanding of the business. The ability to learn about and know the function of each team in the company is really invaluable..

What makes you proud to work here?
It is great being part of a motivated and bright team of individuals. I also feel proud to work alongside people who genuinely believe in the company and what it does.

What have you enjoyed about the rotation programme so far?
The graduate programme is really about what you make of it. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to work alongside various teams across the business to understand the function of those teams and the roles within them. During the programme I have been able to ask questions and sit down with many people across the company.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
We had many training courses scheduled early on in Excel, VBA as well as various other workshops on both technical and soft skills. The graduates are also supported throughout the CFA programme.

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
Research the company you are applying to and come prepared with questions specific to the firm.

Courtney Horey

Courtney

Role: Graduate Programme 2018

University/Degree: King’s College London – BA in History

Time with Insight: since 2018

What advice would you give to prepare for an assessment centre?
As well as knowing all about the company and what we do, the assessment centre offers a great opportunity to meet a range of individuals from across the business. Make sure you take advantage of this to ask as many questions as possible, finding out not only if you are a good fit for Insight, but if Insight is also a good fit for you.

What have you enjoyed about the rotation programme so far?
Whilst at University I wasn’t 100% sure on which area of the business would suit me. The rotation programme has therefore been perfect in offering me the chance to experience different areas of the business, expanding my knowledge as well as my network of friends and colleagues at the same time.

What support did you receive in your first year at Insight?
Being part of the graduate programme means you have access to a wide range of resources and opportunities. From classes on CFA, VBA or excel, to workshops on networking and presentations, it is clear that Insight are committed to giving you the best possible chance of succeeding in your future careers.

 

 

In numbers

  • 912 workforce globally
  • 86% of colleagues have confidence in the leadership of Insight
  • 89% of colleagues believe Insight sets high standards of performance
  • 85% of colleagues would recommend Insight as a place to work
  • 80% of colleagues enjoy working at Insight
  • 82% of colleagues are confident in the long-term growth prospects of our business

Number of employees as at 30 September 2019. All other stats are from the 2018 annual employee survey.