Back when she was in college, Amanda, now an Assistant Vice President in Human Resources, wasn't necessarily sure what she wanted her professional life to look like upon graduation. A job in the career services office at her college, however, helped her begin to uncover her passion — and her talents.
"On a daily basis, I was helping my classmates with resume critiques, interview preparation, and setting up recruiter visits," she says. "I really enjoyed this, and decided I wanted to try Human Resources." That decision led her to intern at Barclays in the summer of 2014 as an HR Business Partner supporting the technology team. The experience was so positive that she decided to go on to become a full-time analyst in Barclays' rotational program. There, she says, "I had the opportunity to rotate through three diverse departments – Employee Relations, HR Business Partner team supporting Banking and Learning, and Leadership & Talent. Each rotation was unique and rewarding, and I ultimately returned to the HR Business Partner team supporting Banking."
She's been in that team since February 2017, providing support to colleagues across all areas of the bank. It was the "immediate responsibility" she was entrusted with as soon as she hit the desk that convinced her she had made the right career choice. "The trust and respect the organization has for graduates is remarkable," she says. "I was leading projects within the first few weeks." She adds that being given the room to make mistakes and learn from them ultimately helped her build confidence in herself and her contributions to Barclays.
The sense of responsibility isn't the only factor that affirmed for Cohen that she'd made the right career choice. The friendliness and supportive nature of her colleagues were unparalleled, she says, and led to a sense of feeling "excited to come into work every day." There's a culture of collaboration, not competition, at Barclays, she notes, adding that the connections she has made across departments are a significant perk of her job. "I've made connections and friends with people in compliance, technology and finance who I wouldn't hesitate to pick up the phone and speak with for advice. As we all grow in our careers, it is great to have that support and foundation across the bank."