I had looked at Apprenticeships before, but I’d never found one I thought would be perfect for me. Then I came across Barclays Apprenticeships. I wanted somewhere with a lot of room for growth and stability – and I knew Barclays could provide me with just that.
When I finished secondary school, I felt sure fashion was the path I wanted to follow. I enrolled in college to study Business for Fashion Retail, and I worked part time in a clothes shop alongside that. But I was never completely happy. I was struggling with the balance of work and college, and to be honest, I’d lost the passion for what I wanted to do.
Obviously banking wasn’t something I was used to at all, so I can’t say I didn’t have doubts. I was nervous about making that kind of decision – something so different from what I’d studied. But looking back, I have to say, it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Today, I’m an Essential Banker within Barclays – which means I help customers with their day-to-day transactions, whether that’s navigating our in-branch devices or using our counter services.
Whilst I work full-time, I’m also studying for my certificate in Retail Banking – and Barclays makes that so much easier to manage. Where I’d previously struggled with that kind of life balance, I’ve now got a talent coach to help keep me on my journey.
Cordelia, Foundation Apprentice