Finding a high impact second career in Banking

Marine Corps veteran, Andrew, shares his experience of transitioning from the military to investment banking

After ending my active service with the Marine Corps, I found myself drawn to investment banking because of the impact each individual can have. I’ve always wanted to be in a role of high responsibility and believe a career in investment banking represents an opportunity to continue serving our nation through playing a leading role in America’s economic growth and stability.

Barclays immediately stood out to me because of its strong reputation for excellence and corporate values, which stress a passion for leaving things better than when we found them. I found this focus reflected the values and desire to serve that were engrained in me through my time in the military. 

Barclays has a sincere appreciation for the veterans’ community and desire to bring the skills of fellow veterans into the firm as a means of not only attracting talent, but also diversifying the backgrounds and capabilities of the firm. No matter which branch, the military teaches important lessons of service, leadership, attention to detail, project/program management, and so on that directly benefit the firm and provide instant value to our clients.

The Barclays’ Military Service Network was extremely helpful in teaching me not just about the firm, but building my network of fellow veterans who understood the transition from the military into financial services. The network here helped teach me about the ins-and-outs of the profession and coached me on how to best position myself for success in a Wall Street career. I’ve found everyone I have met to be completely approachable and willing to help – another factor that drew me to Barclays.


The veteran’s group at Barclays is strong with at least a dozen networking events annually focusing on group camaraderie and recruiting. I’d highly recommend that any veteran looking for a role on Wall Street connect to our Military Service Network and consider Barclays as an opportunity to continue their career of service.