Degree: Psychology (BSc), 2.1,
Year of graduation: 2005
Occupation: Human resources (HR) graduate programme at Barclays Capital
What do you do in your job?
At the moment I’m on the graduate scheme, so I’m on a rotation programme for 18
months that involves working for six months each in three different areas. My first placement was in graduate recruitment, so I was doing a lot of work on campus, meeting students and working at assessment centres. My second placement is a generalist HR
role, supporting the investment banking area of the business. Here I’ve been
doing more general HR work: dealing with the leavers’ process, conducting exit interviews, and dealing with issues such as maternity and sick leave.
What was your motivation in applying?
My previous employment was with another company, but I soon realised this wasn’t something I wanted. When you first graduate it’s hard to know what to do,
but it wasn’t the job for me. I decided to look for a HR role. Barclays Capital appealed to me because, during the application process, I could see there was a good open and friendly culture. I also liked the fact that the graduate programme for HR offered a rotational scheme, which would allow me to try several different jobs. In addition, it would give me the opportunity to complete my CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualification, which includes an MA in personnel and development at the University of Westminster in London.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I think it’s the fact that it is so varied from day to day. Things can come up that need immediate attention, and you never have a typical day. You’re working in a challenging environment.
Any advice to readers considering a career in your field?
Try to get some experience in HR, through either internships or work experience. It’s important to understand the job beforehand, so ask lots of questions and do some research. If you know any people in the industry, ask them about it. And make sure you’re enthusiastic.