To give you a brief background about my time
here at Barclays, I completed my first rotation in the client coverage team,
based in Birmingham, and am currently working in the Debt
Finance - Special Risk Unit, here in the world headquarters of Barclays in
London. The whole vibe of working in the financial capital of the world is
simply awesome and what makes it even more special are the people here at
Barclays. You are hugely valued and an integral part of the organisation, most
certainly seen as the future of this great institution.
It has been a beautiful journey for me and I
am here to help you realise your dream, share my experience, help you succeed
and achieve your goals- it’s all about YOU!
Barclays offers amazing support for your
development, right from your immediate colleagues to your line manager and even
executive board members- yes that’s correct, anyone
in the organisation you want to learn from, you have access to them.
Last year, I was very lucky to
secure an executive board member as my mentor. Every minute I spent with them, be it about planning my
career, current economic environment, my personal life- I learn something new. It just gives me a
whole new world of confidence that I can share a conversation with such a
To those of you aspiring for a
career here at Barclays, let me give you a few tips:
· Apply early.
· Keep any eye out for the graduate
events at your university.
· A lot of answers to the questions
asked in the application and the interview process can be found on the Barclays
website, every interviewer loves a candidate who has done thorough research.
· Ask questions- when you are at
one of these events or an assessment centre do ask questions, don’t be afraid!
It is the only way for you to know more and others to know about you. The key
word here is #participate
· Networking- You know someone,
that someone knows someone; try to learn from them about the culture, show
interest, that may create opportunities.
· Be humble, be hungry - everybody
loves to work with nice people.
Always remember- it’s about you
and you achieving your dreams!
separate note, tomorrow, I and a few of my colleagues are going to be
presenting a recommendation report to a panel of judges and the chief executive
of our charity partner. Our charity partner works with ex-offenders, drug
addicts and young unemployed people. It’s been an incredible learning
opportunity, to learn more about people and very heart-warming to support this
started working on this report, I never knew that there are people in this
society who offend or re-offend just so that they can go to prison and get some
shelter and food. Our charity partner works with these people, supporting them
to free themselves from this cycle, and to help them move on - to achieve their
aspirations in the right way and create a better future for themselves.
next time, I say good luck and good bye - I promise to come back with some more
useful tips on getting on the graduate scheme, comments from a senior executive
and share with you another beautiful story of my wonderful life here at
If the weather God’s are listening- I will soon
be singing- let it snow, let it snow… Keep warm, catch you soon