Financial Services Careers: Meet Ugne, an English graduate...

Ugne Vaidotaite, 22, graduated in 2017 with a degree in English literature from the University of Warwick and went on to join Barclays’ compliance analyst two-year programme. She’s currently working at Canary Wharf in London.

I’ve always wanted to work in a bank – it’s an environment where people with different skills come together and there are so many ways to develop. Banks are not necessarily looking for people with financial degrees – it’s about teamwork, management and people skills too.

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"I think I’ve benefitted by coming through the university route, and learning how to construct my ideas."

When I was still a student I did some short internships at Barclays – you get a taste of different departments and an insight into the industry. In compliance you’re working to make sure that everything clients do – from investment through to retail and personal wealth – falls in line with regulation. There’s a lot of face to face liaising with clients, and people management involved. You have to be confident.

In this graduate scheme I’ll work in three different departments learning different elements of compliance. As a young person fresh to the firm, you’re also asked to lend your ideas and insight into how to improve the department – it’s a challenge to be able present your ideas coherently.

I think I’ve benefitted by coming through the university route, and learning how to construct my ideas. A humanities degree gives you a good idea of how to learn and communicate.

I don’t have to do any exams but I’ve voluntarily signed up to further learning here – there’s an internal compliance career academy which helps you learn online and at Cambridge (University). Financial services is such a big sector with so many opportunities – you don’t feel anything is out of reach, even managing a team relatively quickly. There’s a lot of internal mobility.

You can get involved in wider projects here. There’s a really strong citizenship agenda and I’ve been able to set up and lead a partnership with a local school. We created a mentoring scheme which involved all levels within the company. It ended with the pupils coming in to present their own project to senior managers to showcase their skills.

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Careers, UniversityWeb editor