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Yun Mia Gu - Operations

“If you’ve got that drive – that spark – to push yourself and take on new challenges, Barclays will be right there next to you.”

I was drawn to Operations because you get to see the end-to-end process of how Barclays actually operates. We’re the team that makes the whole bank tick. So I get to tackle all sorts of problems in all kinds of ways.

Coming from a maths background, this element of problem solving really appealed to me. I need to use logic, data and analysis to find the best solutions. But it’s also very much about people and collaboration. I work closely with lots of different teams, helping to make processes smoother and more efficient for them. That means there’s plenty of variety, using a balance of technical and softer skills to realise both my professional and personal goals.

One thing I particularly wanted to focus on was growing my confidence. I remember doing my first presentation in a meeting – it was nerve-wracking! So I’ve been working with my manager to try and feel more comfortable in those situations; the support and guidance has been amazing. I think if you’ve got that drive – that spark – to push yourself and take on new challenges, Barclays will be right there next to you. They’ll devote time to help you flourish.

When I joined as an intern, I was struck by how visible senior managers are. My director sits with the team, totally happy to answer questions and is completely approachable. It just adds to that sense of togetherness. So when you hear Barclays talking about how they support their people, it’s not just hot air. It’s one of the many reasons why I joined the graduate programme after my internship. And all the things I imagined for my future? I’m making it happen, right now.  

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