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From our office in Hong Kong, Rachel enjoys working on complex transactions and feels included in our supportive culture

Before joining Barclays, I interned at both a consulting firm and a boutique investment bank, getting involved in everything from corporate advisory work to M&A deals. I enjoyed the banking work a lot and wanted exposure to larger and more complex transactions, which is what led me to an internship at Barclays in Hong Kong. It turned out to be an amazing, insightful experience – I really liked the supportive culture and people, and I knew I wanted to be here full-time.

As an Investment Banking Analyst, my day typically involves putting together pitch books and discussion materials, as well as creating models and valuing companies. My team will advise clients on each step of a transaction, helping to solve any complex issues so that the deal can move forward. Personally, I find it very fulfilling that I’m able to contribute to a client’s success.

Getting to know everyone, and becoming friends with an amazing group of people, has definitely been a highlight of my journey so far.

One time, I worked on a ratings project for a leading Chinese cement company, and my role was to create a ratings presentation and build a ratings model for the company, as well as preparing roadshow materials. The outcome was really successful – we helped the client achieve the investment grade ratings they’d hoped for. This project was particularly memorable because it was the first time that I got to travel to the client’s site and attend the management presentation in person. So it was a rewarding, eye-opening experience for me.

One of the things I value most here is the challenging work: it pushes me to be the best version of myself, and I’m constantly learning and improving. Barclays’ culture is another big tick in the box; I know I can turn to anyone for help and they’ll always take the time to guide me through whatever questions I have.