Ella Blanthorn - Operations
"My advice? Even if something’s out of your comfort zone, just go for it."
Posted about 1 month ago
There were rows and rows of tables set up showcasing all of the different societies and events I could get involved in beyond just my day to day lectures and course work. After four years of participating in a variety of societies, charity events, and sports teams I wondered if work life would offer the same opportunities.
Well, Barclays certainly does.
There are an unbelievable number of opportunities and activities “beyond the desk” at Barclays. For instance, we were recently invited to apply for positions on the Diversity & Inclusion graduate committee, some of my fellow grads completed a charity cycle from Paris to London last year, and some of the grads arrange football games on an almost weekly basis.
There are also opportunities to attend seminars and presentations on a wide variety of topics ranging from accessibility to talks hosted by the women’s initiative network. Whatever your interests are, Barclays has so many fantastic opportunities and ways for employees to be involved beyond the day to day work.
This year I have had the opportunity to chair the citizenship committee in Scotland which has been a great way for me to get involved with citizenship and encourage other colleagues to do the same. Working with colleagues from other areas of the Barclays group and from across Scotland, it’s also been a great way for me to meet new people and broaden my network. Further, it’s really developed my communication skills, as that has been vital in ensuring that citizenship in Scotland is a success.
Whatever your interests might be, the wide breadth of opportunities that Barclays has ensures employees are able to get involved outside of the day to day responsibilities.