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Andrea P. Solis Olivares- Spring Intern

The week was designed not to test you, but to inspire and educate you in an industry that a complete outsider would find complicated to fully grasp.

A few days before I started my Spring Week I was frantically asking my fellow seniors for tips on how to best prepare for what was to come. Spring weeks are always on everyone’s mind at the London School of Economics. But I study Philosophy Politics and Economics, so I had no finance background and was worried I’d be at a disadvantage.

I could not have been more wrong.

I applied for Spring Week to get a better understanding of Investment Banking and what working at Barclays would be like. I was reluctant to apply as I’d heard different perspectives of the industry. Nevertheless, my curiosity led me to submit my application. The application was not like anything I had expected. It was a genuine attempt to get to know me and my motivations as opposed to an evaluation of my technical skills. I found this approach resonated throughout the Spring Week and in my final interview too.

My desire to discover whether this industry was for me is exactly what this Spring Week helped me realise. The week was designed not to test you, but to inspire and educate you in an industry that a complete outsider would find complicated to fully grasp. From the many workshops, talks and tours of the trading floor, to the competitions and presentations, we were engaging with the day-to-day tasks of analysts and associates. The breadth of exposure to the industry, the bank and especially the people was remarkable.  

Ultimately, the experience is what you make of it. I was amazed by the different teams and wanted to learn more. I loved how people were always happy to make time for a coffee and tell me more about their role and experience at Barclays. It’s this friendly and supportive atmosphere that made me want to start my career here.

The Barclays Spring Week was not created to test me. It was designed to help me understand whether this industry was for me. And as cheesy as it sounds I was truly inspired by the people I met during my time there. I look forward to returning in summer 2019 to start my internship and expand my knowledge even further.

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