I started working for Barclays as a cashier in 2012. I got my current job three months ago, after being recommended by my line manager. I’d been active in branches with Digital Eagles, running evening sessions for our customers, and wanted to get more involved with the community aspect of the bank. For me it was a question of how could I become a more active part of the impact? Rather than acting on initiatives, how can I actively help design, scope and scale up what the bank can do?
I’ve seen it hands-on at branch level, so I have a perspective some at head office might not. That’s made my transition good, helping me and, I hope, my team. Having branch insight has allowed us to have conversations where I can give a retail bank ‘lens’ on how an idea or the implementation of an idea would work at grassroots level.
Every day is my best day. I genuinely can’t single out a best day at work. Having the opportunity to work in my current team is incredible to me. I wake up in the morning and get the feeling that I want to go to work. In my job, I watch things start from nothing, then grow and be implemented, then see the impact and the feedback. Every day at least one of those things happens, so every day is good!
Some people might hear I work for a bank and think that’s all about making money or gaining profit, but actually there’s so much more that a bank does for the community. Barclays is in a good space there, and the team I work with drives that forward.
If I wasn’t working for Barclays, I’d be a teacher. I used to teach Religious Education to secondary school pupils. I trained as a classical trombonist too, so if banking didn’t exist I might have aimed to play professionally.
After work, as well as sorting out my emails for the next day, I like playing basketball. Unfortunately, either because I’m not tall enough or can’t jump high enough, I just can’t dunk. I’m also a box-set watcher (I’d recommend House of Cards, I’ve seen them all!). Then lights out and ready for another day.