Afam Sadiku - Customer Relationship Management
"It sounds a bit cheesy, but had I not joined Barclays at 17, I doubt I’d have opened even half the doors I’ve been able to."
Posted 9 months ago
As it was my first time organising a large-scale event with such a high-profile speaker, I thought I’d share some of my experiences, as well giving a brief overview of some of the pearls of wisdom that Val imparted on the day.
Contrary to popular belief, event management is (alas) not just about booking a DJ, handing out a few fliers and then swigging champagne in the VIP section. The devil is in the detail, and when you’re planning something on that scale it’s incredibly easy to drop the ball. Everything from the little bottles of water at the back of the stage to the venue itself has to be booked in advance, so it’s incredibly important to have a comprehensive checklist of actions that need to be taken care of.
Here’s just a small sample of the tasks that we shared between ourselves:
Fortunately, everyone on the team was incredibly focused, and apart from one of the microphones taking an age to turn on, which left me standing awkwardly in the middle of the room while I nervously tapped the end of it, repeatedly saying “hello…?”, the event was a huge success.
However, while great organisation was essential, the success was almost entirely down to Val herself.
Her talk was the perfect blend of business insight, personal journey and leadership advice, and everyone took something valuable away from the session, whether that was a greater understanding of how Barclaycard operates and where it’s heading, a couple of points to work on as we each continue on our own career journey, or just the feeling that we had gotten to know Val a little better.
As promised, here are the three main pieces of advice that I took away:
Overall, it’s fantastic that the Barclays Senior Leaders take such as active interest in helping to shape the development of the Barclays graduates, and I hope to be involved in many similar events over the course of my next two rotations.