For the second consecutive year Barclays hosted Investment Management Program (IMP) students to a meet with various departments throughout the bank. A total of seven qualified junior IMP students selected from both Sacred Heart University and UConn had the unique experience of participating in nine consecutive 30-minute sessions with various levels of department members.
Sessions entailed a Barclays employee describing their job function, responsibilities, and held Q&A and we had representatives from departments such as sales, trading, banking, and human resources to name a few.
The program was directed by the Head of Global Research and Barclays participants included senior level management to recent hires which made to process of communicating the true feel of working at Barclays that much more effective. It came across quite clear that each Barclays employee, at all levels of management, demonstrated and expressed key qualities expected within the Barclays culture. Critical was a high level of energy, passion, and the ability to collaborate and multitask. But it was very clear, passion was a virtue needed for the long hours they work. IMP’s were able to tour the fixed income trading floor and sessions were held in a conference room just outside the trading floor itself.
Human resources described the multitude of internship opportunities and the hiring process along with the qualities and characteristics they look for. It was a long day for the students with non-stop meetings and discussions, however, it was a productive and effective venture.
The IMP thanks Barclays for this unique experience and we look forward to coming back next semester.