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Exploring HR career paths in a rotational program

"I studied Human Development as an undergrad, with a minor in Law and Society, which got me interested in the dynamic between employees and the corporate environment. I decided to apply to HR internships during my Junior year because I thought it would be a versatile analyst role, one that gave the opportunity to learn about so many different areas – recruiting, strategy, employment law, diversity, organizational behavior, and more. I interned at Barclays in 2014 and came on as a graduate the next summer.

Taking part in a rotational program gives you exposure to a number of complex and interrelated roles, which I believe makes for a well rounded analyst. Especially in HR, it’s an amazing opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the function as a whole and how the various teams interact.

As a grad, I’ve rotated through the HR Business Partner role for Functions, Campus Recruiting, and Reward Governance. I also interned on the Employee Relations team. All of the roles are completely different, which has challenged me to adapt quickly and pushed me outside of my comfort zone.

Being an HR Grad at Barclays has given me a foundation for understanding how the firm operates from the ground up, and has challenged me to think in new and creative ways – whether it be finding a solution for the business, analyzing compensation data, or hosting an interview superday for college students.

 

I would recommend a rotational program to anyone interested in trying on different roles before settling into a final seat. In exploring rotational programs, be sure to consider the length of the program, the number of rotations, and options for placements. Further, keep an open mind about the options available to you in the program. Even if you aren’t inherently interested in all of the areas, they may offer valuable skill sets that you’ll need later on in your career. Ultimately, I think the most valuable aspect of rotating is the opportunity to evaluate what you are most passionate about and to use that knowledge to determine where you want your career to go in the long-term."