Supporting female veterans
Barclays has a long history of supporting the military. We meet one such veteran who has successfully made the transition from the military to ‘civvy street' and look at how Barclays has supported her journey.
Kim, a classically trained musician, joined the Armed Forces in September 2008 as the Principal Clarinettist of the Band of the Welsh Guards, and was promoted to a Junior Non Commissioned Officer in January 2012. She was responsible for coaching, mentoring and leading a section of 10 soldiers for all engagements, including such events as The Golden Jubilee in St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Trooping of the Colour and The Royal Wedding.
After seven years Kim was looking for her next challenge, but with a young daughter, she was looking for one that would enable her to better balance work with her family commitments. Ever ambitious, she wanted to ensure she’d continue to push her career, and started to look for opportunities outside of the military. It was through Barclays’ military connections, specifically through its AFTER programme, that she was able to identify a role that interested her within Barclays’ Home Solutions team.
Kim was clear in her interviews that she would only be able to work three days a week, this didn’t deter Barclays. To her delight she was offered the role as Deputy Leader within the team, managing between 10-15 advisors with responsibility for their development and leadership training.
Barclays’ approach to flexible and remote working has meant that Kim has been able to manage her personal and work commitments and says she that couldn’t be happier with the support she’s received throughout her move to civvy street. As she looks ahead to how she can further develop her career, she very much sees her future at Barclays.