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That unexpected opportunity. That spark of collaboration. That sense of pride when your hard work pays off. It’s these kinds of moments that will define your experience at Barclays. We’ll let our people tell you about theirs.

Barclaycard International
“What I've enjoyed most about my programme, by far, has got to be the people that I've met. I've felt that the programme in general has the right combination of on-the-job experience and advice so that you can continue to improve yourself.”
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Ali
Savings, Investments & Wealth Management
“For me, one of the best ways I developed was being able to reach out to senior management, who were willing to give up their time and take me under their wing.”
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Apprenticeships
“I’ve actually worked at Barclays for most of my adult life, but before that, I studied for a BTEC in Music Technology, and a BSc in Music Technology. The only problem was, I needed more financial stability, so in the end, I couldn’t complete my studies.”
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Apprenticeships
“Before Barclays, I served in the British Army as a Corporal – a Chef in charge of catering within both the sergeants’ and officers’ messes. I’d joined the Army at 16, and I completed almost 18 years, before being medically discharged in 2015. After being injured, I knew that career was over, and I would have to start looking for a new one. ”
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Apprenticeships
“I almost didn’t do an apprenticeship. I thought I was too old, that I’d been in work for too long. Initially I was worried about how people would perceive it. But as soon as I got onto the programme and things got started, I saw that it just didn’t matter at all. Barclays see the positive in everyone.”
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Barclaycard International
“As a graduate, I've received a lot of support from both my line managers and the graduate resourcing and development team. I've really enjoyed having the opportunity to try out different areas of Barclays.”
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Sam
Apprenticeships
“To be completely honest, I never thought my application would go anywhere. Why would a bank hire me? I didn’t think I’d get a call back, let alone get the job. After all, my experience of audit in the past was very limited. I did do a little bit of it in the Navy, but nothing like what I’m working on now.”
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Corporate Banking
“Through our initial training program, the continued learning and through the women’s network here, I’ve been able to participate in seminars where we get to practice presenting. It’s really good fun and has definitely increased my confidence presenting in front of people.”
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Apprenticeships
“I have a history of mental health problems. I’ve had periods of serious depression and I became unemployed in my 50s following a nervous breakdown. After that I found it impossible to get back into work: people were prepared to let me work for them as a volunteer, but not to actually pay me.”
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Apprenticeships
“I felt like I didn’t have a purpose before I started working at Barclays. I’d already been my mum’s primary carer since I was 12, then my little brother passed away when I was 15, and I just lost all focus. I was very lost and I’d almost just become a shell of the person I was. But Barclays helped me find my direction again.”
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Technology
“One of my major interests in Computer Science has been big data. That is where I wanted to drive my career and that is what I’m getting to do at Barclays”
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Markets
“If you work hard, if you prove that you’re passionate about what you’re doing, people are definitely able to see the pressure you’re going through – and they reward it.”
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Apprenticeships
“Before joining Barclays, I was very low in confidence and felt no employer would give me a chance to prove I was capable. When I came across this opportunity with Barclays, all of this changed. ”
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Corporate Banking
“I’d say if you’re looking to work on strategy, if you’re looking to set up new businesses or to do something slightly out of the ordinary to general banking, Barclays nurtures that and supports that and it’s a great place to be.”
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Research
“He will pretend to be the client throughout the meeting and then at the end of the session, he will change back to my line manager and just tell me what I did well, what I answered not so well, how can I improve and also point out some knowledge points to me.”
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Trading
“It gave me that appreciation of it being a bigger business than just my desk, a pile of bigger functions that all need to work together. ”
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Apprenticeships
“There’s honestly something special about the Barclays programmes. You get great training, but there are also constant opportunities for you to give back, to share the knowledge you’ve already built up over your career. That’s not something you find at other banks – and certainly not for over 25s.”
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Apprenticeships
“It’s been a life-changing experience. I have been put in a position that I could have only dreamt of, and I’ve made my family so proud.”
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Risk
“I’ve been really blessed to get two great managers, they’re always happy to give their time to teach you something new, to go through something.”
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Apprenticeships
“I’ve worked in a wide variety of industries over my life, from IT Management to Air Traffic Control. But then, almost overnight, I found myself unemployed and my life pretty much ground to a halt. I was applying for jobs and getting nowhere, and I’d started to seriously believe I’d never work again”
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Apprenticeships
“When I was at Sixth Form, my school very much encouraged students to go to top universities. Obviously, when my friends started to celebrate their offers, they asked me if I got in – and they were totally astounded when I explained about Barclays Apprenticeships”
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Yun
Trading
“The start of my career here at Barclays has been very involved, very hands on with a number of projects that I’ve been working on.”
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Sales
“It’s enabled me to really learn on the job, get a feel for what the clients are like. I was going out to client meetings, working with the team and really coming up with solutions that helped everybody two months after joining Barclays. ”
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Banking
“This is a place where you can voice your opinions and ideas – so go for it, right from day one.”
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Apprenticeships
“I’ve actually worked at Barclays for more than 10 years – first as a Cashier, then as a Moment Banker. I was eager to progress my career, but I made the decision to stay on in Retail until my children were old enough to give me more flexibility. ”
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Apprenticeships
“I’ve had some massive opportunities to influence and make a huge difference to Barclays, even after only being in the bank and on the programme for six months. The belief you get from senior leadership is incredible, and makes me so proud.”
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Apprenticeships
“Life before Barclays was hard as a mature job seeker. I’d been a carer for a while, and stopped working for a few years because of that, but once I started trying to get back into work, it was tough. I was trying a lot of back-to-work programmes, and the job centre, but it was a struggle.”
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Tom
Trading
“Nine weeks in Equities Trading. They helped me build great relationships and taught me a huge amount. So it was easy to say ‘yes’ to the offer of a full-time job.”
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Barclaycard International
“I think the best thing about the graduate programme is being in a large group with so many like-minded people from many, many different places. Having that social element makes it more of a community, as well as a business.”
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Apprenticeships
“This opportunity has helped me grow so much as a person. It’s made me see things so differently. It’s grown my confidence, and helped me achieve a lot in my life.”
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Apprenticeships
“I didn’t think I’d be able to get a job anywhere, because I left school early. But Barclays has given me a chance to shine.”
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Barclays UK
“As graduates, we are able to attend a lot of training and even do qualifications if we want. We're can also take part in lots of events put on by other grads and by Barclays itself, which is a great opportunity to meet different people.”
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Apprenticeships
“Choosing this apprenticeship was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. There are so many opportunities here, and I feel that my future is secure.”
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Higher Apprenticeships
“I get a lot more support than I expected. I’m able to sit down with my manager and talk about how I want to develop and move as quickly as I’m able to. If I want to progress quickly, I’ll be able to - the only thing stopping me is me.”
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Global Finance
“When applying to the Barclays graduate scheme, I used my extensive experience in Enactus to answer the interview questions. The examples I could give for different competencies were strong and unique, so my involvement in Enactus was instrumental in getting onto the scheme.”
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Apprenticeships
“My current manager has regular catch ups with me to see how I’m getting on, and sometimes I think he has more belief in me than I do! I’ve always got someone looking out for me, making sure I’ve got time to study and putting me up for opportunities.”
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Apprenticeships
“I had looked at Apprenticeships before, but I’d never found one I thought would be perfect for me. Then I came across Barclays Apprenticeships. I wanted somewhere with a lot of room for growth and stability – and I knew Barclays could provide me with just that. ”
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Apprenticeships
“Before I started at Barclays, life had been a bit up and down for me. I’d suffered with my mental health, and I’d been in and out of hospital during my time at high school and college. My studies had taken longer because of that, so after I got my A Levels, I decided to take a year out to look properly at my career path and work out what to do next.”
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Apprenticeships
“That opportunity came along in the form of Barclays Apprenticeships. They were looking for mature people to join the team, and when I talked to my family, they agreed it would be a great new challenge – and a better future for all of us.”
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Apprenticeships
“I wasn’t really enjoying college. I needed something that would give me practical skills; not just theory. So I made a decision I’ll never regret, and applied to Barclays.”
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Apprenticeships
“I’ve gone from being unemployed and job searching to full-time employment, learning every day, and being pushed to better myself.”
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Apprenticeships
“Before I started at Barclays, I had just left school after finishing my GCSEs. I was at a bit of a loose end, to be fair. Life was good, but I wasn’t doing much and wanted to start something new – something I’d enjoy. I knew I wanted to try and find a good apprenticeship rather than going back to school or college. Then I found Barclays. ”
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Mat
Corporate Banking
“Throughout my time at Barclays I have received a lot of guidance, especially when it comes to career planning. At times, I’ve been torn between roles but my colleagues have helped me to see the bigger picture and I feel my managers have always had my career progression at the front of their minds.”
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Human Resources
“You realise that you’ve got an incredible platform, incredible support to really do your best and achieve the things you need to achieve.”
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Technology
“I've ended up in a very business-aligned role within Technology, which is perfect for me. ”
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Dan
Sales
“Graduates from Asia and Europe. People on the Retail, Corporate and Banking programmes. I met them all during my initial training. And it really helped build my network.”
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Banking
“I was part of a team working on a big deal and given a lot of responsibility. It felt great to see how my work contributed.”
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Banking
“Seeing that sort of level of enthusiasm and excitement from someone who’s been in business for seven years or ten years makes me feel really positive about being here and potentially staying for quite some time.”
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Apprenticeships
“Before I joined the Higher Apprenticeship, I really didn’t have any experience of Compliance at all; I hadn’t had any particular interest in it. I’d been working in a small telesales company, so in a completely different area.”
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Quantitative Analytics
“Changing systems, pricing and models. Resolving issues. Validating results. That project gave me great confidence.”
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