It’s been almost 3 weeks now since I made the huge jump of moving from my old home town of Glasgow down to London and I’ve definitely learned a lot over the past few weeks and picked up a few skills that will definitely come in handy through the years.
Domestic God – The Evolution
It’s been a huge change of pace for me over the last few weeks as I’ve been learning everything it takes to successfully run your own household and making sure everything runs smoothly so I can concentrate on my internship. During our short time here we’ve had to learn a bit of plumbing due to a blocked kitchen sink as well as a bit of sewing for all the buttons that I keep losing from my shirts and trousers (not because I’ve been eating too much).
I’m going to be honest and say that before I moved down here I had never actually washed my own clothes before. Learning how to do all this has been challenging and I’m now secretly worried my mum will have me doing the washing when I get back up to Glasgow…
The internship has been incredible so far and I’m really enjoying all of the people I’ve met during my time down here as well as the work that my managers have lined up for me. I’ve got a pretty sizeable amount of people I’d now consider my friends down here and it’s been incredible being able to just chill out with them after work for a drink or two. It’s been incredible how easy it’s felt to adjust to the way of life down here, although I am missing a lot of faces from back in Scotland. On the bright side, my girlfriend will be coming down this Thursday for a long weekend down here so I’ll be able to explore the sights and sounds of London with her whilst having a nice wee break from work for a couple of days.
My working day usually consists of me learning the intricacies of how the banking system works as well as getting to grips with SQL and the huge systems they have in place to support the incredible amount of data and transactions that passes through their systems every day.
From the start I’ve felt like I’ve been thrown in at the deep end due to the fact I knew a very minimal amount of SQL and even less about the current underlying systems supporting the software I’m working on. That’s not to say it hasn’t been fun though, I’ve been incredibly pleased with how far I’ve been able to come over the past few weeks as a developer and learning the ins and outs of what my chosen career path will entail. Although because I’ve had to spend so much time learning the intricacies of a new language, this has meant I’ve not actually been able to contribute the same amount of work that I would have ideally thought I could have. But I was pleased to learn that I can still quite easily attain a 5/5 for all my objectives should I finish the tasks that I’ve been working on in the next 2 weeks and this will put me on track for getting that incredible graduate offer at the end of my time down here.
At Barclays there is an incredible selection of activities that you can take part in outside of work with your new colleagues and I’ve really enjoyed trying to take on as many of these as possible.
JPMorgan Corporate Challenge – 5.6k Battersea Park Race
This was an incredible event that I was incredibly lucky to take part in and I honestly can’t wait to try and get involved in more of these races both down here and up in Glasgow. The Chase Challenge was basically a 5.6k Race around Battersea park that thousands of people from the corporate world were taking part in.
I had honestly not expected to take part in this at all as me and a few others had tried to sign up for the event a few months prior to the Internship and been told only a select few would get to take part. It wasn’t until the day of the race, approximately 3 hours before it started, that I was told there was a free space and that someone had pulled out.
I wasn’t the fastest there but having had 3 hours race preparation I wasn’t expecting to be. I’d been running the night before and wasn’t fully rested but still managed to run a sub-30 minute 5k which was my quickly set goal.
On top of the running I’ve been doing recently I’ve also managed to work my way into 5, 7 and 11 a side weekly games of football and have already had my first taste of the 5 a side. Work has incredible changing/shower rooms which are brilliant if you are wanting to refrain from smelling like sweaty socks after a game of football.
It’s been an incredible learning experience so far and it’s almost felt like a holiday staying in a new city and being able to explore every weekend. It’s been incredible working down here and it’s weird that I’m now going into my 4th week as it seems like time is flying by. I’m going to start using this as a base for updating everyone as best I can whilst I’m down here.