Myth: I’m not a finance or math major, so financial services isn’t for me

We’re here to debunk one of the greatest misconceptions about working in our industry.

Think back to your last math class. All those equations and problem sets! Remember Calculus 101 with functions, limits and derivatives? How about Statistics, where you grappled with indexes, standard deviations and regression analysis? You’re shuddering just thinking about it.

Does that mean you should cross a career in the financial services sector off your list? Definitely not! Think about it: the financial services sector is enormous, employing millions of people. A company like Barclays employs around 130,000 people alone, and you can bet that not all of them are finance or math majors.

A company like Barclays has a lot more to offer than you might initially expect. To run a business as global and large as ours, you need people with all sorts of skills and backgrounds. Sure, we have (and need) our fair share of math whizzes, but they’re only part of the equation.

You’re a people person? What about Human Resources? You’re intrigued by the interaction between the law, politics and business? You should check out Compliance. Love to code? We need the very best tech talent to keep our business competitive. Are you psyched when your professor assigns a research paper? Equity Research or Credit Research might be right up your alley. 

These are just a few of the opportunities we have to offer. Oh, and did we mention that most of our internship and full-time graduate programs don’t require a math, finance or business major?

The lesson here? Financial services is a good industry to consider, no matter your interests. So look around this site! You might find exactly what you’re looking for.