Army to Apprentice: how I brought a different way of thinking to leadership
Stephen tells us how he kick-started his Barclays career as a mature apprentice.
Posted about 1 month ago
I am four weeks into my internship and I cannot believe how fast the time has gone. In a short space of time, I have developed a good understanding of the rates products and teams, from knowing very little about the mechanics of Trade Capture Utility (TCU) when I first arrived. I have learnt to implement technical trade life cycle events such as novations, backloading, book reconciliation and understanding the full process of a trade from when it is executed to settlements.
None of this would have been possible without the support I have received from my team. The team have been very welcoming from day one and I have always found they are more than happy to give up their time to explain difficult concepts, answer my questions and allow me to shadow them in their daily tasks. The heads of the teams and line managers are all based on the floor too, sitting just seats away from you so you always feel included and are very well-positioned to learn from the experienced colleagues around you.
I have had great exposure to the business so far having sat with a variety of teams including; trading, Middle Office and Operations Client Solutions (OCS) and Client Capital Management (CCM). I even had the opportunity to sit in an interview for a new position in the TCU Rates team - it was great to be on the other side of an interview for a change!
The highlight of my internship to date was when two interns and I had the chance to sit down one-to-one with Robert Wilkins, Global Head of TCU. It was inspiring to learn about his journey and the reasons for the decisions he made in his career. I was also able to ask what the future holds for Barclays and more specifically for TCU.
And there is still so much more to learn! I am looking forward to experiencing other divisions of the bank over the next few weeks; there is a lot of variety on offer here. In my next role I will be working with the Barclays Non-Core team, a key business in the bank’s strategy. I’m also looking forward to attending more of the social and networking events which are laid on especially for interns. These provide another great opportunity for me to meet colleagues and hear about other business across the bank.
Spending my summer here has been a very valuable experience so far. I am sure my remaining weeks will bring just as much excitement and allow me to develop my skills and understanding of the sector even further.