Returning To The Workplace With Baillie Gifford

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Alicia Cowley Photo Shoot October 2017

Returning to the workplace can be challenging for any mother, but after several years as a stay-at-home mum, Alicia Cowley decided the time was right. Now working as a Client Manager at leading investment firm Baillie Gifford based in Edinburgh, she tells us more about her journey back to the professional world.

Before having children, Alicia had worked in financial services in London and Singapore. As she looked around for opportunities, she was attracted by Baillie Gifford’s openness to recruiting from a variety of industries and experiences:

“Baillie Gifford has a culture that respects all opinions and viewpoints – I was impressed by their openness to recruiting people from a range of backgrounds. I’ve found that it makes an interesting work environment that’s full of stimulating conversations”

Alicia was also impressed with the range of support available to her as a working parent. As well as training courses to help with the transition, she was assigned a line manager from a similar background, who helped her adjust back to the professional environment.

“Going back to work was challenging both professionally and emotionally. My role is to provide Baillie Gifford’s clients with the best possible service, and the clients must come first. However, the firm is always supportive if one of my children is sick or I need to attend a school concert. It’s an ongoing journey as my family’s needs change and my career evolves.”

Now in her fourth year, Alicia is a vital part of the Asia team, responsible for Southeast Asian clients. She describes Baillie Gifford as an exciting and dynamic place to work:

“I enjoy being part of a firm that is researching and investing in companies which are changing the world and shaping all our futures. Our investment teams never stand still and are constantly searching for the next insight or idea. It’s our role to communicate these developments to our clients, which makes Baillie Gifford an exciting and dynamic place to work.”

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