From a spare room start-up in Bristol, to one of the fastest growing UK companies in the last 25 years, we’ve
come a long way and we want to go further.
We’re all about going the extra mile, and as part of our rotational Graduate Scheme, you’ll be at the heart
of empowering the UK to save and invest with confidence. You'll be working towards HL's key business
goals, while developing your own career.
What do we do on the Graduate Scheme?
Your journey is bespoke to you as we don’t believe in core rotations. This might involve being first port
of call for clients on the Helpdesks, or speaking to fund managers as part of the Investment team. You
could be at the heart of Client Insight, seeing what goes on in the Digital Marketing department, or
liaising with the Financial Advisers.
You’ll be coming up with ideas to deliver innovation, while building lasting relationships throughout the
business. We’ll work with you to find you a role that matches your personal skills and ambitions.
Previous Graduates - where have we come from and where are we going?
We don’t have a ‘type’, but we do have a vision. We make it easy for our clients.
You’ll learn to balance your time around different projects, so you can drive progress, demonstrate
and try to do it better, every step of the way.
Whatever your degree, if you’ve got a head full of ideas and you want to grow with us, then have a look below
for more information.
“The Graduate Scheme enabled me to identify what career I would be best suited
I am now a Financial Adviser based in Bristol. I spend my time getting to know clients and providing
them with tailored advice and recommendations to empower them to save and invest with confidence.
I really enjoy getting to know people and being able to use my knowledge and skills to help others.
Before I started on the Graduate Scheme I had never considered a career as a financial adviser. The
breadth and depth of the Graduate Scheme not only developed my skills and experience, but also
enabled to identify what career I would be best suited to. It allowed me to identify what I enjoyed
and what I was good at and areas that I was less well suited to. This eventually led me to Financial
Advice where I was able to use my skills and experience to go on a bespoke induction programme.
“Even day to day our tasks vary, as we are continually encouraged to take on side
developing our skillset and internal network.”
I now work as an Equity Analyst in the fairly new HL Select Team, within the Investment Department.
As a team we manage two UK focused equity funds (the first launched Dec 2016). The Investment
rotation was actually my last rotation on the scheme; I ended up getting a permanent job there
and never left! The Graduate Scheme provided me with an understanding of the inner workings of
a business, which really helps me in my role now analysing them. I also had to use the network
I had created to secure the position and had to be tenacious in going after what I wanted and
“It is one of the great success stories of recent times and I am proud to be a
part of it.”
I’m currently a Solution Analyst. Working with the IT Architecture team, this involves understanding
new technologies – such as robotics and AI – and considering how they might be used by HL. In
addition, when we are looking to introduce or extend software, my team will consider how that
change should be delivered to ensure it aligns with short term business needs, but also our longer
term IT aims.
I wouldn’t be in this role had I not been on the HL Graduate Scheme. Having studied History at
I had no background in IT. Also, whilst I had an interest in technology I did not know that I
wanted a career in IT, nor that it would be achievable given my lack of experience. However,
the Grad Scheme encompasses a wide variety of roles and gives exposure to all areas of the company.
This helped me realise my interest in IT and gave me the opportunity to experience the department
“I believe the Graduate Scheme has given me a solid foundation for the rest of my
I studied Psychology at Bristol University after a bit of time in work, I decided to do a Masters
in HR and Consulting at Bath University. I then worked for a year as an HR administrator before
I joined the HL Graduate Scheme in 2016. I wanted to challenge myself and also explore other
areas within a business, to see if HR really was the career path I wanted.
I learnt loads in my different rotations, but found that I love working in HR. I’m now in my first
position since leaving
the Scheme, working as People Strategy Officer reporting to our Chief People Officer, Heather
Cooper. There’s a lot of variety in what I do each day, but most of the work I do can be broadly
be split into two categories: co-ordinating and enabling the delivery of our People Strategy,
and supporting Heather with ad-hoc projects.
When it comes to strategy, there’s a lot of liaising with people across the business to be done. Over the
next few months,
as we start putting our plan in practice, I’ll have weekly catch-ups with the Heads of each team.
I’ll make sure that the delivery of the strategy is on track, identify and get rid of any blockers,
and ensure that we’ve fully considered the impact of any changes to the plan.
I also spend some time each month writing papers that go to our Executive Committee and our Board with
updates, key initiatives
or answers to other questions they may have.
The rest of my time is generally spent supporting Heather as needed. This is very dependent on what’s
happening over the
next few weeks. We have a planning meeting every Monday to check through what needs to be done.
It can range from preparing a brief for a meeting, to a presentation for an external talk, to
a research paper on another company.
Having a positive impact and making a difference is incredibly important to me. So outside my role, I also
lead the Financial
Inclusion group and get involved with our HL Foundation Fundraising Committee.
I believe the Graduate Scheme has given me a solid foundation for the rest of my career. In particular:
appreciating the different perspectives around the business, building a broad internal network,
and teaching me how to be adaptable and resilient. These skills help me to challenge appropriately,
work collaboratively to deliver on projects and remain calm under pressure.
“The Scheme seemed like a perfect way to see how a business functions and find a
role that suited
I studied Economics and Management at Oxford University and then joined the HL Graduate Scheme in
2012. I’ve always been interested in business, so the Scheme seemed like a perfect way to see
how a business functions and find a role that suited me.
I’ve held a few different positions since leaving the Scheme, with the first in Finance, where I
became a Chartered Management Accountant. I then worked with the CEO, Chris Hill, on our strategy
for a couple of years. And now I’m Head of Advisory Operations. This involves working with teams
across the business to deliver our Financial Advice strategy.
Those of us involved in strategy go through a yearly cycle, with focus shifting between developing
the longer term strategy, creating the plan for the coming year, and then implementing it. I’m
writing this just after our annual planning period and our focus is turning to implementation.
Most of my mornings are, therefore, spent working with the various teams involved in delivering our
advice service, providing input on strategy and making sure we’re on track. I have to make sure
that all the teams are working together effectively towards the same goals. The teams have a
planning session and a review session between each block of work. I also go along to these to
get an overview of what they’re working on.
It’s easy to find myself chopping and changing between meetings, so I try and block off my afternoons
for longer periods of focused work. This normally involves getting bigger projects started or
thinking about unresolved strategic questions.
The Graduate Scheme gave me strong foundations to go on with my career. In particular, developing
an understanding of the areas of the business where I spent time on a rotation. I now have an
overall picture of how the business operates and the network I created while on the Scheme has
proved to be very useful in performing my role of bringing different teams together.
“I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the things I learnt across the two years of
being thrown into
new challenges and trying new things.”
Read about Anna's Hargreaves Lansdown Graduate Scheme experience
Top tip: Be yourself. Your application is a chance for us to get to know you.
Degree and University: Masters in Physics from University of Leeds
Rotations to date: Helpdesk, Change, Strategy Oversight, Data Science
Why you joined HL: After leaving University and working for a short time in London,
I decided to join HL’s Graduate Scheme due to it being one of only a few companies offering a
business-wide rotation within the financial sector. This presented an opportunity to work within
a growing business whilst also being able to sample a multitude of careers across the two year
Top tip: We don’t expect people to be experts, but it’s worth knowing what products and services HL offer.
Degree and University: French and Spanish from Cardiff University
Rotations to date: Helpdesk, Investment Proposition, Product Management, Risk, Internal
and External Communications
Why you joined HL: I spent nine months travelling around South America after I graduated
from university and by the end, I was pretty fed up of living out of a rucksack and ready to
get myself a job! I’d heard great things about HL, both from people that worked there and from
family members who were clients, and the fact it was Bristol-based really appealed to me. I didn’t
have any experience in the industry, but fortunately, HL are happy to offer you training and
exams to bring you up to speed. I wasn’t sure what job I wanted to do within the company, so
the fact that HL’s Grad Scheme lets you work in so many different areas of the business was a
big draw for me.
Top tip: Keep an eye on the length of your CV. Prioritise the best and most relevant things you’ve done.
Degree and University: Business Economics from Cardiff Metropolitan University
Rotations to date: Helpdesk, HL Workplace, Financial Advice
Why you joined HL: Over the course of my degree, I’d always enjoyed any of my modules
that were related to investments, but wasn’t sure exactly what a career in that industry would
look like. I started looking for Graduate Schemes in the industry, and came across HL. I have
also always been interested in business strategy, and loved the fact that the HL Graduate Scheme
was rotational, so I would be able to experience many different roles before deciding on a set
Top tip: Proofread your application. You only get one chance to make a first impression!
Degree and University: Counselling from Bath Spa University
Why you joined HL: Once I finished studying, I moved to Bristol with a friend who had
previously worked at HL and recommended it to me as a great place to work. I joined the Transfers
team within the Operations department - I’d not worked in Finance before, so there was a lot
for me to learn! This role gave me a really good introduction to the business, the service that
HL provides and the culture here. My previous experience had always involved working directly
with people, so when an internal opportunity arose within Talent Acquisition, I jumped at the
chance to apply.