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What is Barclays Capital?
Barclays Capital is the investment banking division of Barclays Bank PLC which has an AA long-term credit rating and a balance sheet of over £1.2 trillion (US$2.4 trillion). With a distinctive business model, Barclays Capital provides large corporate, government and institutional clients with solutions to their financing and risk management needs.

Barclays Capital has offices in 29 countries, employs over 16,200 people and has the global reach and distribution power to meet the needs of issuers and investors worldwide.

What roles are available at Barclays Capital?
Full time graduate positions and summer internships across our business including; - Front Office: Investment Banking, Sales, Trading, Structuring, Research, Quantitative Analytics, Global Financial Risk Management - Infrastructure: Marketing, HR, Finance, Technology, Compliance, Legal, Operations and Corporate Real Estate Services.

Application process for Barclays Capital.
Apply through website.

Entry requirements and type of person suited for Barclays Capital.
We recruit from all degree backgrounds. Technical degree disciplines are an advantage for some job roles.

Future prospects and training at Barclays Capital.

Other comments about Barclays Capital.


If you have applied to Barclays Captial, we would like you to hear from you. Please use the following form to detail your experiences of application, to aid those interested in following a similar career path.

Position applied for:
FX and Money Markets Middle Office Summer Internship

Year of Application:
Applied in 2007 for a placement in Summer 2008

Canary Wharf, London

Educational Background:

  • University of Durham Postgraduate - Finance (09-10)
  • University of Durham Undergraduate Combined Honours in Economics, German and English Literature 06-09 (2:1 obtained)

What were your experiences of the application process?
The Barclays Capital application process was very well organised, and for myself ran as follows:

  • Online applications from August 1st
  • Online Numerical and Verbal Reasoning Tests
  • Telephone Interview (mostly competency based, but with one or two more technical questions linked to the job)
  • Assessment Centre - Held in the Canary Wharf Hilton Hotel (overnight stay)
    • Drinks Reception & 3 Course Meal - with current employees of Barclays Capital
    • Group Exercise (monitored by panel)
    • Individual Case Study Exercise (to be presented to panel)
  • Individual Interviews (in front of a panel - again mostly to test soft skills and personality).

What is it like working for Barclays Capital?

The culture at Barclays Capital is highly meritocratic and flat structured - anybody in the firm can talk to anybody else in the firm without being patronised or looked down up on.

In terms of my job, my team had plenty of projects for me to work on during the 10 week period, and I really felt like I was making a difference to the desk with my contributions. The projects were mostly Excel based, which I was slightly concerned about at first, but found the BarCap Excel Training as well as Financial Markets Training more than adequate preparation for my job.

The events prepared throughout my internship ranged from Dragonboat Racing to Touch Rugby, to a Community Challenge which involved rennovating a school! In terms of networking opportunities, BarCap are more than aware of how important it is for their employees to gain a broad insight into the firm and so have a scheme for all interns in which we were expected to meet with a minimum of three Managing Directors and seven Directors from outside our own particular division. This was a hugely useful experience and I managed to meet 18 members of senior staff during my time their, and gain a solid insight into almost every area of Barclays Capital.

One of the best perks of working for Barclays Capital was the renumeration on offer for their interns. The pro rata salary for my internship was £30k + a £200 per week living allowance - before tax I was earning well over £800 per week, which was amazing for a summer job - I came away from London with not only new friends and skills, but with several thousand pounds saved. This helped immensely with my university fees for final year!

How has it compared to your expectations?

I was unsure what to expect as an intern at an Investment Bank, having read various books and journals about the stuff interns and graduates are put through at such institutions. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how friendly the staff were, and how much time the senior staff had for interns. I learned a lot from the internship in terms of my knowledge of Financial Markets and my computer skills - I didn't even know what a VLOOKUP was before I started!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

Though I learned a lot at Barclays Capital, I also learned that the job wasn't for me. I, along with everyone else interning in my division, was offered a graduate job upon completion of my internship. The internship was excellent, but in terms of where I'd like to be in 5 years time, it didn't match my expectations. I see myself in a much more fast paced, client facing role, with the buzz one experiences only on a trading floor. Luckily, after completing my internship at BarCap I was offered a place on an internship scheme with the world's largest Inter-Dealer Brokerage, which I am currently in the process of completing. If I'm successful I see myself here for the forseeable future!

Finally, any advice you would give to potential applicants?

Network, network then network some more. This industry is all about the contacts, and the more you make, the more comfortable you will be when it comes to getting jobs. Good luck!

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