Three reasons why a career in financial services could be right for you
You might be surprised by what the industry has to offer.
Understanding how to land a role in a big organization like Barclays can seem overwhelming. But fortunately, there are people on hand to guide, inform and support you throughout the whole process. With their help, you’ll be better equipped to stand out and maybe even secure a spot in one of our programs. So who should you have in your network? And what part could they play? Here’s a snapshot of who you need to know and why.
The go-to people for all your questions on what roles are available, how to sign up for events and where, when and how to apply.
Recruiters point you towards information that will help you understand the different opportunities at Barclays, including our diversity programs. They also help you build valuable connections with other Barclays employees. You can meet them at campus events, in-house programs or through your Career Services office.
Graduates of your university who are Barclays’ employees. Many are actively engaged in recruiting students – often, although not always, from the same university they went to.
Alumni help identify, educate and assess students for our various programs. They also act as mentors and coaches for students during the recruitment process. Meet alumni at campus events or connect with them through a recruiter or your Career Services office. Classmates who have interned with us can also be a great source of information!
Teams of professional career advisors based in your school’s Career Services office.
As the link between students and companies that recruit on campus, they’ll connect you with the right opportunities, advise you on how to perfect your application materials and prepare for interviews. They can tell you all about upcoming events too.
Campus clubs focused on a discipline, like the finance club or human resources society.
These clubs often have close ties with companies that have similar interests, as well as the Career Services office. They promote and host small and large events – some of which they may run in partnership with employers like Barclays. These events will help you learn about different industries and careers within them. They’ll also encourage you to develop your interview skills and networking techniques.
Campus clubs that aim to empower a particular set of students. These are sometimes known as affinity clubs.
Often these clubs promote their members to organizations that particularly value diversity. As with other student clubs, these clubs also host events and conferences, and sometimes are part of a larger network across several campuses – some even on a national scale.
All of these people interact with each other throughout the school year. You should make a point of adding them to your network as soon as you can. But remember this isn’t an exhaustive list. Anyone with a connection to Barclays – whether they’ve worked for us or liaised with us – can be a valuable addition to your network. Now that you know who to start connecting with, find out how to build strong relationships with each of them.