Samuel Kopelowitz - Summer Technology Analyst - Contact Centre Technology
“It has given me the confidence to speak up in meetings and properly engage with my projects.”
Posted 6 months ago
The event consisted of two ‘Careers Days’ where we took students through the entire recruitment process – online application, online testing, phone interview, assessment centre and personal interview.
Over the two days, 50 students attended workshops on CV writing, presentation skills, online applications forms, online testing and interview skills. We had interesting discussions on CV format, structure and content, CV errors, answering application questions with the STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result) technique and behavioural tips on interviewing. These were interspersed with team building activities, usually post lunch, to avoid food coma! A particularly interesting one was ‘The Hole and Tarp’ where students competed in getting a ball around a few holes in a huge tarpaulin without letting the ball fall through. It sounds simple but was quite challenging!
Personally, it was quite enriching to create content for these workshops and liaise with the Barclays LifeSkills team to source handouts and sample CVs for students. I was particularly impressed by how Barclays supports early careers candidates with their apprenticeship and degree programmes.
The project management skills I gained by arranging venues, catering, content for workshops etc. complemented the feeling of satisfaction gained from the faces of smiling students. One student had a real job interview later that day and said she felt super confident after her mock interview.
I’m extremely grateful to colleagues from across the bank for coming together to add value to the lives of these students and make this event a success.