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What to expect and wear at work experience?

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    I am going for work experience for a week at Barclays, I have a couple of questions.

    1. What should I expect to be doing?

    2. What should I wear?
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    (Original post by This Is Matt)
    I am going for work experience for a week at Barclays, I have a couple of questions.

    1. What should I expect to be doing?

    2. What should I wear?


    Seriously, wear a suit. From what I've heard, all the bankers wear suits. I was at a big law firm which was more relaxed and so I wore a shirt and trousers, but if I'd worn a suit it wouldn't have looked out of place. There's no harm in overdressing on your first day - you can always take off your tie and undo your top button if you think you're too formal.

    As for what you'll be doing, it depends *entirely* on what sort of experience it is, whether it's something arranged via contacts, through a programme, whether there'll be others etc. They might give you and a few other students a 'mock' case to work on, they might just give you loads of talks and meetings to attend, you might 'shadow' an analyst, the possibilities are endless.
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    (Original post by Junaid96)


    Seriously, wear a suit. From what I've heard, all the bankers wear suits. I was at a big law firm which was more relaxed and so I wore a shirt and trousers, but if I'd worn a suit it wouldn't have looked out of place. There's no harm in overdressing on your first day - you can always take off your tie and undo your top button if you think you're too formal.

    As for what you'll be doing, it depends *entirely* on what sort of experience it is, whether it's something arranged via contacts, through a programme, whether there'll be others etc. They might give you and a few other students a 'mock' case to work on, they might just give you loads of talks and meetings to attend, you might 'shadow' an analyst, the possibilities are endless.
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    Wearing a suit might be a bit over the top, and usually smart trousers, clean smart shoes, and a shirt, possibly a tie too, will suffice. Suits tend to be worn for business meetings, rather than day to day work.

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