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Encouraging the next generation of women in banking

Hear from some of our technology graduates as they speak to the New Scientist Magazine about their experience at Barclays so far to celebrate London Tech Week. 

Tell us what it's like working in technology at Barclays

Like most people, I used to think of Barclays as a bank where people deposit money or take loans. But it’s so much more than that. There are many opportunities to work in fraud detection, market abuse and surveillance, among others that I didn’t even know existed in a bank. I have come across numerous people who are willing  to go out of their way and help us grads kick-start our careers.

What relationships have impacted your career in technology to date?  

I’m blessed to have some incredible mentors in this fast-paced industry. I have learned how to handle difficult situations, valuable technical concepts and tips and great advice about my career decisions.

Tell us about your graduate journey so far at Barclays

Barclays has been incredibly supportive especially during the pandemic. Joining my first job out of university during the pandemic was not what I expected, but the journey was extremely smooth. As new grads we had an efficient online training program, coffee chats with senior executives and amazing mentors who ensured that we were feeling comfortable in our new role. Senior leadership in particular were immensely enthusiastic to talk to us about their teams, work and technology. 

What excites you most about technology?

It is tough to pick one thing that excites me the most, but my favourite would have to be the continuous learning. Technology is fast paced, modern and always evolving. A software, language or tool we learn today could become obsolete in a decade or more. New technology results in more innovation, making big impacts on its users and as IT professionals, we need to be on top of the ever-changing tech. 

What inspired you to embark on a career in technology?

It was probably my curiosity more than anything. I actually studied languages at university but curiosity about computational propaganda led me into cybersecurity and then a degree in Digital New Tech Policy. I was, and still am, fascinated by the need to balance the externalities of innovation and the impact new inventions can have on societies and individuals. 

How did you find your path into Barclays?

I joined Barclays three years ago as a summer intern in cybersecurity. I enjoyed my time so much that I came back two years ago as a graduate. I have spent the last two years working within Technology Resilience as a Project Manager and then as a Data Analyst in the Chief Controls Office. I have only just rolled off the graduate scheme and am starting to find my path in the company on my own, but technology here is so big that there truly is a space for everyone.

What is your most important skill?

Communication – I believe this can be vital  to developing yourself, relationships and knowledge. I think it is something we can all work to improve on an ongoing basis as we learn from mistakes, feedback and new experiences. 

What relationships have impacted your career in technology?

I have always been a big supporter and admirer of women in leadership (not only at Barclays, but in all workplaces I have been in). I love hearing how women have overcome challenges and setbacks to achieve their potential and realise their worth, then as a result use their experiences to inspire other women to do the same – women supporting women is such a powerful tool.

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