If you're at school or university we have programmes that could be of interest to you; work experience, internships, insight days, industrial placements and graduate opportunities.
We're independent and that means we encourage all our consultants to be individuals, to think freely, challenge the way things are done, and offer up the best possible solutions for our clients and the firm.
Take a look at our programmes, we'd love you to consider taking the next step with us.
It won't be long before you get first-hand experience of the values that underpin everything we do: being friendly, partnering, confident and straightforward. Our graduate, intern and industrial placement programmes will provide you with the training, development and support you need to become an exceptional consultant. You'll work alongside some of the sharpest minds in the business, and you can be in front of our clients from an early stage, if you want to be. Best of all, you'll be in control of how your career develops, right from the start. We encourage individuality; we won’t pigeonhole you; we want you to make the most of who you are.
We welcome applications from both current students and career changers who meet the minimum entry criteria for our graduate programme.
For school students, our work experience programme will give you a flavour of this and will hopefully encourage you to want more.
Start your consultancy career with us in either Actuarial & Benefits, Investment or our Life and Financial Services team.
Our consultancy roles require a strong blend of technical and interpersonal skills and a passion for business. You’ll study for the actuarial qualification, with the option to study for the CFA exams if you join the Investment team. All with lots of support and guidance from us, of course.
From the start you’ll get hands-on training and you'll be able to apply your mathematical and analytical skills to provide brilliant tailored solutions to ease our clients' problems. You’ll be analysing complex data and presenting the results of calculations and sophisticated modelling in an engaging and compelling way to help our clients make the best possible decisions.
You'll be allocated a people manager and a buddy who will work with you to ensure you're making the most of your potential and progressing your career at a pace that suits you.
You will also be able to take advantage of our exciting new outcome driven Consulting Roots programme, an objective driven framework that will help you achieve early on in your career; client interaction, building your professional network, gaining commercial awareness and being part of our business development and growth.
Our 2018 programme is now closed for applications. If you have applied we will be in touch in due course with the outcome of your application.
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For penultimate year university students
Experience our award winning internship programme!
We're delighted to have been awarded 3rd place in the Top 50 Medium-sized Schemes with Rate My Placement
Our 8 week summer programme, from the first week of July, is for penultimate year university students and will give you a real feel for what a consulting career is like with us. You’ll be involved in a wide variety of stimulating and challenging work and learn from our exceptional consultants. You’ll also work on and present an individual research project that's of real value to our business. If your internship is successful we may offer you a conditional place on our Trainee Consultant programme after you've graduated.
Our 2018 programme is open for the following roles;
Actuarial and Benefits - Edinburgh, Glasgow, London.
Investment - Glasgow, London.
LFS - London.
Closing date is Monday 8th January 2018 but we will be processing applications as we receive them. Good luck!
For first year university students in England and second year students in Scotland
Our popular Insights Days aim to give you a feel for what we do, what it’s like to work here and what kind of career opportunities are available to you.
It’s a chance to meet with some of our employees, hear about what they're working on and ask them questions, as well as to experience our working environment first hand.
Glasgow Thursday 25 January 2018 12 noon - 4pm
Edinburgh Wednesday 31 January 2018 10am - 2pm
Please register your interest below stating which event you would like to attend. We will then contact you nearer the time with full details.
For penultimate year university students
Glasgow office - Actuarial and Benefits (private sector)
We're delighted to have been awarded 3rd place in the Top 50 Medium-sized Schemes with Rate My Placement.
This 9 month programme for penultimate year university students starts in July and gives you a real chance to become part of the firm, get involved in challenging work and learn from those around you. The work you do will be similar to that of our Summer Interns and new Trainee Consultants and will be of real value to both you and the firm. If your placement is successful we may offer you a conditional place on our Trainee Consultant programme after you've graduated.
Closing date is Monday 8th January 2018 but we will be processing applications as we receive them, so apply promptly so as to not be disappointed. Good luck!
For school students studying for GCSEs, A-Levels or Scottish National exams
Work Experience Week – School Students
Birmingham / Edinburgh / Glasgow / London
A programme designed to give you an insight into what we do at Hymans and how we do it. You will be involved in a variety of sessions which are designed to be interactive and informative.
These sessions will give you information on the different areas of our business, allow you the chance to ask questions and give you some practical exercises to do.
You will also get the chance to participate in a fun group exercise to practice and improve your team working skills. In addition, we will provide you with hints and tips on how to participate in a selection process successfully.
Diversity is key at Hymans as we work to combine different perspectives, styles and experiences. This we believe is the recipe for our future success.
We welcome applications from school students from all backgrounds, as we believe in giving everyone an equal chance to participate in this programme.
We are looking for students who are; enthusiastic and motivated by problem solving, working with others, communication, planning and working flexibly.
If our core values of partnering, straightforward, confident and friendly resonate with you then we’d love to hear from you.
You will need to have achieved a GCSE grade A, National 5 or equivalent in Maths and a GCSE grade B , National 5 or equivalent in English Language to apply.
Our next work experience programme will take place in the summer of 2018.
Pure actuarial work typically involves predicting future financial events, especially when the amount of a future payment, or its timing, is uncertain. It's often really challenging, with a wide range of issues to be considered, including business operational factors, potential changes to legislation, and long-term demographic trends. Actuaries therefore have to be highly technical and able to perform complicated mathematics.
Our consultants have to be highly technical and able to perform complicated mathematics and analysis. In addition to the technical work, our consultants are also innovative thinkers, creative solution-finders and really effective communicators. This blend of skills allows our consultants to work in partnership with a diverse range of clients, providing tailored advice and solving real financial and business problems. Making financial futures more certain.
Further information on each of our recruiting practice areas can be found here.
With a wide range of business areas, clients and an outstanding reputation, there are many stimulating opportunities for career development within our firm. Our independence allows you to have the opportunity to pursue the areas that are of most interest to you, in a truly friendly and supportive environment.
In addition to a highly competitive salary, we offer an award winning flexible benefits package, which you can tailor to suit your lifestyle.
25 days annual leave plus public holidays
Annual profit share/bonus for permanent staff
Salary sacrifice pension contributions
Private medical insurance
Confidential employee assistance helpline
Permanent health insurance / Income protection
Annual leave buying and selling
Private medical insurance
Cycle to work scheme
Critical illness cover
‘In-office’ health screening
Gym membership via Gymflex
Interest free season ticket loan.
We offer extensive opportunities for career development. You will be assigned a People Manager and a Buddy who will support and guide you through your career. Your role is not ‘boxed in’, yes you need to get to know the basics but right from the start we can offer you a role where you feel truly valued as part of a firm who cares about peoples’ financial futures. In return we naturally expect you to work hard to achieve your potential but in an environment where we have a strong focus on wellbeing.
For both our Trainee Consultant and Internship programmes the following minimum entry requirements apply:
Minimum A-Level Maths Grade B, Scottish Higher Grade A or equivalent.
Minimum GCSE English Language Grade B, Scottish Higher Grade C, or equivalent.
On track to achieve a minimum 2.1 honours degree in any discipline.
You must meet or exceed the minimum entry criteria.
If you have an equivalent qualification to A-Level, GCSE or Scottish Higher, please provide evidence with your application that this meets the minimum entry criteria.
We offer award winning student internships for penultimate year university students in either Actuarial & Benefits, Investment or Life and Financial Services.
The internship lasts for 8 weeks from the beginning of July. You'll have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented consultants in the industry and get some fantastic, hands-on experience and insight into an actuarial consulting career. In addition you will work on an individual project throughout your internship.
All of our trainees are given one days study leave per week whilst they are studying. You'll be expected to do more study in your own time. In total you should be studying for a minimum of 20 hours a week to give yourself the best chance of passing the exams. Your people manager and study mentor will be there to support you through this.
Please research our firm, the role and the career path before you apply, we need to be right for you and you for us.
Both our 2018 Trainee Consultant and Summer Internship programmes are currently closed for applications. If you have applied, we will be in touch in due course with the outcome of your application.
Trainee Consultant and Internship programmes
Minimum entry criteria check: We will ask you to complete a short application focusing on what you know about us and the role. This is your chance to evidence the research you have done. Take your time to review our website, come and meet us on campus, at one of our open evenings or give us a call! Laura is available on to chat about our Intern programme on 0141 566 7543 or you can call Heather about our Trainee roles on 0141 566 7651. At this stage of the selection process we will do a minimum entry criteria check and assess your full application later in the process.
Online Numerical test : If you pass our minimum entry criteria we will email you a link to complete a numerical test. This will take about 30 minutes to complete and will provide you with full instructions. Before you complete the numerical aptitude test, complete a couple of practice tests which can be found online.
SJTs assess your ability to make a judgement about a real life situation and by doing so indicates your potential in the role you are applying for.
The test presents you with situations that you could face in the role you are applying for. Often these situations are challenging and not something you would face every day but they do reflect the business environment and aspects of the role. The test then asks you what you would do in each situation giving you a choice of four options.
In this case we are looking specifically at whether you are likely to behave in the way that we prefer people to behave in the firm. We have built the SJT to align with our core competencies and it tells us, no matter who you are and your background, if you will be naturally drawn to the best approach for our clients in a challenging situation.
We are asking you what you would do first in a situation as we appreciate that in a complex environment, such as ours, there are many things you would do, not just one. However, we are most interested, for the purposes of this test, in what you would do first.
These types of tests are a good way for us to be able to process your application quicker as it is automated and objective in its scoring, so we can make a quicker decision about whether you may be a good fit and move you to the next stage of the recruitment process, rather than you waiting for a longer time for us to manually process everything.
The SJT also helps us tell you more about the job in a very easy way through the use of stories, which bring to life the type of company we are and what the job could entail. It could therefore help you to make a decision about whether the role is right for you.
There is no time limit to completing our SJT, but you will need to do it in one sitting.
What is a strengths- based interview?
“Strengths are underlying qualities that energise us, contribute to our personal growth and lead to peak performance” (Brewerton & Brook 2006, Strengths Partnership)
A strengths-based interview is different from a competency based interview. Strengths-based interviews are a fairly new approach that some recruiters are moving towards as a way of finding out what candidates enjoy. While competency based interviews focus on what you can do, strengths-based interviews focus on what you like doing and are more positively worded. Perhaps nothing is more revealing about who you are than what you enjoy doing and this can tell interviewers a lot about your potential in the role you’re applying for.
What to expect from a strengths-based interview
Interviewers in a strengths-based interview will be trying to find out what kinds of activities engage and energise you. This is because when you are using your strengths, you will often perform to the best of your ability and quickly learn new things.
The questions in a strengths-based interview will be designed to identify whether you have strengths in areas which are important in the role you’re applying for. Interviewers may also ask questions relatively quickly in order to get a genuine and spontaneous response from you.
Strengths-based questions may include: ‘What do you do well?’, ‘When do you feel you are most like “yourself”?’ and ‘When are you at your best?’
At Hymans we are looking for strengths and potential which are important for our graduate trainee and intern positions:
Consider also the academic achievements and extracurricular activities you included in your application form. Think about what you most enjoyed, and why. When were you most engaged? What did you take most pride in?
Assessing what you most enjoy will help you to clarify what you want out of your career, as well as preparing you for contact with an interviewer who takes a strengths-based approach.
Think about your body language as well. How do you come across when you talk about something you enjoy compared to when you enjoy something less? What do you notice about the tone of your voice and other visible signs that you give off? Interviewers will notice these things.Last but not least is the fact that we want you to enjoy the interview experience and that’s most likely to happen when you’re being you!
We will be assessing your potential throughout the selection process in the following areas:
Every application for all our programmes will receive a response. Due to the very high number of applications we receive and telephone interviews we conduct, we are unfortunately not able to provide individual feedback to candidates at these stages.
Good luck and we look forward to hearing from you!
We currently offer our graduate Trainee Consultant programme, however, if you are interested in joining us for any other role, you can make a speculative application through the 'Apply Now' tab.
Our on-campus activitiy for our 2018 programmes is complete for now. Further events will be noted here in due course. Please follow us @hymanscareers on Twitter for regular updates.
Yes, we do. We're going to run a few webinar skills sessions on popular and current topics like effective application forms and an introduction to Situational Judgement Tests. Details of future sessions will be available here in due course.