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
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!