Rosie Sperring

Working at an investment bank means that you will likely end up becoming familiar with terms such as ‘Long Calls’, ‘Short Puts’ and a host of others. But, there is a lot more to a bank than financial jargon, as I have found out since I started my role in Technology…

Coming from a Physics degree into a Technology role in an investment bank was a rather daunting prospect for me initially. However, as soon as I arrived, my nerves dissolved and I was chatting away to my fellow grads like I had known them for years! It is said so often that the graduates in your intake are an invaluable network that it may sound like a cliché, but I honestly could not agree more.

My graduate colleagues have given me tips ranging from sorting out computer problems to programming advice. Perhaps the most useful ‘newbie’ tip I got was to draw a map of all of my team and their desks - there are so many new people to meet that it becomes an invaluable tool. Although I don’t need it any more, I still have it in my notebook and I will be using this technique in my next rotation too!

Time has flown and I have now been in my role for four months, five including training. My current rotation, as a developer in the Foreign Exchange Technology team, has given me an excellent grounding to begin my career in the Investment Bank. I have taken on different responsibilities, and feel fully integrated into the team. Projects I have been involved in include development work and onboarding a new application.

Away from my desk I have got involved in several opportunities to help widen my network and have fun. I have represented Technology at several campus recruitment events, my favourite being a 24 hour Hackathon. I am involved in the Women in Technology working group, where we organise regular events and opportunities to help women in Technology develop in their careers at Barclays, and I am also on the EMEA Graduate Networking Committee.

I will finish off my blog with a bit of advice: don’t be afraid to ask questions. Honestly, I have learnt from experience. You are a graduate, and you are here to learn. No one expects you to know everything!