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What is a typical day like at Barcap for you?

I get into work at around 6.50am and go to an FX morning meeting (whereby key stakeholders from the FX business chat about the market moves yesterday and what they expect for the day ahead), then I sit at my desk and check overnight emails. The morning mainly consists of speaking to clients on the phone, giving them prices, discussing their risk management strategies, giving them colour on the market etc. An afternoon may consist of a couple of client meetings or internal meetings. Throughout, I am on the phone trading with clients and assisting their pricing needs. My day typically finishes around 6.45pm.

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What are the things that interest you about your job?

I like speaking to clients, as well as learning about, and seeing how, wider economic and political events affect the market. In my role you are also able to interact with various other members of the wider bank. 

What sort of hours are you working at the moment?

I work on average a12 hour day (market hours).

Are there times of the year that are busy/quiet?

Both the Summer and Christmas are fairly quiet unless something particularly unusual is happening in the market. Most month ends are quite busy and generally the months from September-November and February-May are busy. 

What skills do you need to do your job?

You need to have attention to detail, a good memory, interpersonal skills, speed of action, attentiveness, a firm grasp of figures and the ability to multi-task.

How many people in your team?


Are you involved in a work social activity?

Not on a regular basis, only sporadically.

Do you go out much with work colleagues?

Yes, my colleagues are very sociable.

What is it like commuting everyday?

Not too bad you get used to the early mornings, although its nice to get far away from work at the end of a day.

What is the culture of the organisation?

Barcap is a meritocracy, where talent is rewarded, a “no jerk” policy, their words, not mine but to be honest its a fairly accurate description!

How much formal training did you receive?

8 solid weeks.

Where are most of the other graduates from?

Various top universities across UK and Europe.

What was the interview process like?

Rigorous – I had an online application form then online testing and a phone interview. Finally there was a 2 day assessment centre involving group exercises, presentations, tests and 5 interviews with various members of the bank.

Is it easy to move into other departments?

Relatively easy I think...But I haven’t moved as I really like where I am at the moment so I am not exactly sure of the logistics.

Have you taken any professional exams?

Yes – 4 FSA exams. 

Where would you like to be in 5 years time?

I Wish I knew! Its such a fast paced environment I haven’t really had time to sit down and think about my long term careers plans.

What are the office perks/ facilities like?

Adequate, there is a staff canteen, and a nice open working environment.

What/where did you study at undergrad?

I studied Mathematics at a Russel group university.

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What skill do you wish you had or could take a course in that would make you better at your job?

If I had a better memory that would be great! You often have to remember an awful lot in my role. 

How does what you do differ to the perception of your job?

It is fairly in line with general perceptions, the work is fast paced and people expect you to deliver at a high standard all the time. 

Do you get to travel? What is that like? And where have you been recently?

I do get to travel but only around UK as my clients are all based in the UK. Recently I have been to Dublin, and various other places around England. 

How many weeks holiday do you get a year?

5 weeks. 

Is it easy to book time off?







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