Mathura Vaidyanathan- Singapore

The banking industry is not what it was 3 years back when I first did my internship with Barclays. It isn’t even what it was 2 years back when I started off as a graduate in Barclays and there is more than a good chance that, in a few years from now, it will not be what it is now.

This, right here, is a good place to insert a famous quote on how inevitable change is and how change is the only constant, but what does embracing change actually mean? It means grabbing opportunities where none exist, it means staying positive in an uncertain environment and above all, it means getting out of your comfort zone.

My two years in Barclays have been quite eventful, none so much as the last 8 months. After 6 months in a Dev role in Barclays, I joined the BARX Client Services team and since then, there has never been a dull moment. Every couple of months, some change, big or small, has come my way either by choice or due to the nature of the work and I have had to accommodate these changes and try to progress in the best possible way - for the team, for the bank and for myself.

Whether it is a role change, a structural change or an industry-driven change, being open to the change itself is what makes the difference I believe.


•               Stay positive. This is easier said than done and I probably learnt this the hard way but the tough road is never too long (and there will always be a couple of Harry’s pubs nearby to smooth the way!)

•               Be aware. Know your work, your colleagues and your workmates sitting a few rows away. A change that affects you is more likely a part of a bigger change. Know what is driving the change and try to understand what is happening and why.

•               Keep at it. Nothing comes too easily or too quickly and the journey is (almost!) always worth it… which nicely leads into my next point…

•               Enjoy the journey. It doesn’t matter if it lasts two years or twenty; it is still a great place to work at, with colleagues who make it much better.

It is very easy to get tunnel-visioned in a busy and dynamic environment and to lose sight of the bigger picture. Every change has its good and its bad but being able to keep things in perspective helps you to get a better grip on it. Regularly assess and evaluate your guiding principles. This goes a long way in ensuring that you stay focused and have a purpose during any transition, small or big. Above all, never lose sight of who you are, where you are and how you got there and always stay true to that.