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Afam Sadiku - Customer Relationship Management

"It sounds a bit cheesy, but had I not joined Barclays at 17, I doubt I’d have opened even half the doors I’ve been able to. They believed that I could succeed, that I could work and study side by side."

Sixth form was coming to an end and I just knew university wasn’t for me. I’d always been business-savvy, having started my own business at 16, so I started to look into alternative options. That’s when I came across the Barclays apprenticeship programme. I saw that I could learn about business and finance, all while developing a whole host of personal skills and gaining professional qualifications.

My family weren’t convinced when I first told them that university wasn’t for me, but I explained my thought process and told them that taking on professional experience was the right move.  They could see that I had faith in myself, and they believed in me too - so I decided to take a risk, leave sixth form and was thrilled to be accepted onto Barclays’ one-month traineeship programme.

Fast forward a little over seven years, and with the support of Barclays, I’ve lived in Liverpool, Glasgow, London and Nottingham. I’ve purchased four buy-to-let properties, achieved a first class degree, worked across numerous business functions, and have developed skills that will take my Customer Relationship Management and Digital Solutions career far.

It sounds a bit cheesy, but had I not joined Barclays at 17, I doubt I’d have opened even half the doors I’ve been able to. They believed that I could succeed, that I could work and study side by side. They believed in me.

Sometimes I feel like I’ve earned my success. Other times I feel like I’ve been very lucky. But, above all, I’ve learnt that when you begin to believe in yourself, others will believe in you too.

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