Is it already the end of Week 3?

Last week has been Samil’s most eventful and challenging week of his internship yet, but also his most rewarding.

Is it already the end of Week 3?

Last week has undeniably been the most eventful week of my internship so far. It has been a week of taking ownership, managing, delivering tasks and working as part of a special project team within Cost Transformation. The main objective of the project is to simplify how costs align with the underlying businesses to reduce complexity and allow for a greater degree of cost transparency. Something that sounds very straightforward yet is so complicated, especially considering the size and structure of the organisation.

As I reflect, I am really grateful for having the kind of support structure that we have around us as interns, especially our immediate team.  As challenging as some of the work has been, completing it and receiving feedback on it has been equally rewarding.  Working closely with my colleagues, I have been able to benefit from all the knowledge, skills and experience they have to offer. This has enabled me to grow and perform better as an intern.  

One of the highlights of my week was having the opportunity to meet and interact with senior members of the wider team; it was motivating and inspiring to learn that one of them had started out in the graduate scheme. If you thought my work was interesting, have a look at the view from my desk below. Nothing quite complements an exciting day at work like witnessing four seasons in one day!       

Finally, as banks adapt to structural reform and the political and economic landscape, one thing is certain, we couldn’t have picked a better time to join Barclays as interns.