Ella Blanthorn - Operations
"My advice? Even if something’s out of your comfort zone, just go for it."
Posted 9 months ago
As an IMS System Programmer on the Barclays Higher Apprenticeship scheme, it’s my job to help manage customers’ transactions and the database of our customers. What that actually means is this: every time you use your debit card or log in to your mobile banking app, my team checks that there haven’t been any problems with the transactions.
I didn’t always see myself going into tech. But I came across the Barclays Technology Apprenticeship while at a careers fair, and saw that I could learn practical technical skills and study one day a week for a Digital and Technology Solutions degree. It really is the best of both worlds; I’m receiving in-depth training every single week and learning all sorts of new processes that I’m able to put into practice at work.
The community aspect of apprenticeship life has been amazing too. I’m based at Radbroke Hall, where we all know and support each other. The technology centre here is incredible: as I stepped through the doors on my first day I was in complete awe of the place. I’d never experienced anything like it. There’s everything you could ever need: a gym, cafés – it’s like being in your second home. I quickly settled in and got to know my way around.
I’m the sort of person who loves to learn, who thrives on throwing myself into a new project and gaining new experiences. So far, Barclays has supported me to do just that. I don’t want to focus on just one thing, I want to learn everything. To help me go even further, my mentor has been instrumental in pushing my development.
For anyone thinking about an apprenticeship, I would say just go for it. I’ve had so many opportunities to grow in such a short space of time, and my confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. Barclays focuses on who you are and the potential you have: if you’re keen to learn, motivated and dedicated, then the apprenticeship programme could be perfect for you.