Our Graduate Scheme

The WHIreland Graduate Scheme offers successful applicants opportunities within our Corporate & Institutional Broking, Wealth Management and Wealth Planning teams.

Graduates will spend time with departments across the business, who will offer training and development opportunities as well as an introduction to the Financial Services industry.

Location: London, with some time spent in regional offices.

Requirements: A minimum 2:1 degree. We will consider degrees in all disciplines, however the following subjects are desirable; Business, Finance or Economics. Candidates must have also obtained at least GCSE grade B in Maths and English Language.

We are seeking ambitious, enthusiastic candidates who are capable of using their initiative within a fast paced environment. Graduates should have a strong interest in the financial services industry and a willingness to learn.

Salary and benefits: competitive, with a review in the second year, subject to completion of initial qualifications. WHIreland offers a competitive benefits package (subject to completion of a probationary period) including pension, life assurance, season ticket loan, cycle to work scheme and eligibility for an annual discretionary bonus.

All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and have the flexibility to allow for business travel within the UK as required.

Key skills

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of attention to detail

Strong organisational and time management skills

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to challenge existing processes and ideas

The ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team

Strong IT skills including Microsoft Office and Excel

Please check back soon for details on how to apply for our 2019 Graduate Scheme.

Two of our 2017 Graduates

Graduates

Nicholas Lawson – Wealth Management Graduate Trainee, and Ben Eastlake – Wealth Planning Graduate Trainee

Which degree do you have, and from which University?

Ben: MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Loughborough University.

Nick: I read History at King’s College, London.

What attracted you to applying for the WHIreland Graduate Scheme?

Ben: I was recommended by someone who said that WHIreland was a good company to work for. I liked the idea of working in a smaller company where you are more likely to get involved with a variety of work which keeps the job interesting.

Nick: WHIreland is a well-established City firm, rare in today’s world due to the fact they work with both Private and Corporate clients. I enjoyed a week’s work experience last year and was impressed with the centrality of the client to the company’s offering.

What attracted you to a career in Wealth Management/Wealth Planning?

Ben: I have always been curious about what happens in the finance industry but I have never wanted to work behind a desk crunching numbers for a big corporate organisation. Wealth Planning appealed to me because you can see the impact that your work has on individual people.

Nick: I wanted a career with a balance between client and market interaction. Investment Managers should be constantly plugged in to financial and global news, whilst seeking to foster long-term relationships with their clients.

What does a typical day in the role consist of?

Ben: So far no two days have really been the same, I support the Financial Planners with whatever they are working on. This can range from producing draft reports, analysing portfolio performance, contacting third party providers to obtain information on clients’ investments. I have also been working to improve our usage of software tools within the team which will allow the Financial Planners to work more efficiently and reduce the administration burden on them.

Nick: My day is varied depending on what the team needs completing. Some days will be spent analysing stocks, others will be spent valuing portfolios or estates. The graduate scheme so far has included trips, some extended, to WHIreland’s regional offices.

What have you enjoyed so far about the role?

Ben: The Wealth Planning team are very close and I have been involved with the work from an early stage which means I have built up knowledge of the business much quicker than I expected to. This has been possible because everyone in my team is willing to spend the time to explain how everything works.

Nick: I have enjoyed the variety of the job and the atmosphere of the office. The culture of the company is one of responsibility and flexibility, finding a combination to ensure work fulfilment and high-quality client service. Even as the youngest graduate, I felt like the work I had spent time on was respected and valued.

What would you say to someone who wanted to apply for this year’s Graduate Scheme?

Ben: It is definitely worth applying for the Graduate Scheme at WHIreland. The recruitment process is very personal and you get to meet a variety of people from around the business. Working in a small company has the added benefit that you don’t get lost in the system and you can see how the whole organisation fits together.

Nick: I would recommend that applicants seek to demonstrate their understanding of what the company really stands for, and why we are different from our competitors. I would tell them that this is not a company to apply for if they want to be fixed in a single department; a smaller investment house means you are granted more responsibility more quickly than elsewhere, but it also means you will be expected to work with wholly different areas of the business if a task needs completing.

To find out more call us on 0800 877 8866