Lloyds Banking Group offered me the perfect balanceNews
One graduate had three particular requirements when looking for career and found Lloyd Banking Group could satisfy all three, and more besides.
Like many graduates, Rebecca James wanted more from her career than just a stable job and salary. Increasingly graduates want personal development and visible progression will want assurances from employers before they settle into a career. However, Rebecca's key requirements were more than satisfied when she joined Lloyds Banking Group.
"I said to myself 'what do I want from my career?' and I came up with three answers: switched-on people to work with, an employer who values me as a whole person, and a culture that lets me find the right balance between my work, my studies and my social life," Rebecca says.
After studying for a Masters in Mathematics at Swansea University, Rebecca was encouraged to apply to the banking group.
"Family friends who'd been working for Lloyds Banking Group kept telling me what a supportive employer it is, so I thought I'd find out for myself by doing a Finance internship in my summer holidays."
"I discovered all [my requirements] during my internship, so I applied for the Finance Graduate Leadership Programme and got a place!"
Rebecca joined Lloyds Banking Group's Finance Graduate Programme and hasn't looked back. Her passion for maths has now become part of her day to day.
"I love maths, it's in my blood. Maths, numbers, stats, teamwork – and working with customers, like I did for several years as a waitress and restaurant manager – all these things are now part and parcel of my work and my programme."
"The job I'm doing at the moment involves analysing results from across central finance and using them for monthly reporting and ad hoc projects."
The opportunities available to Rebecca do not stop there. She explains graduates are able to explore the wide range of opportunities available at such a large organisation.
"Because Lloyds Banking Group is so diverse, it's worth getting out there and job shadowing, spending time with other teams so that you can work out what you enjoy doing most," she says.
"This freedom to look around, plus the variety of placements on offer, is helping me to see I'm well suited to analysing data and finding strategic commercial solutions for customers. It's also revealing a new career interest to me."
"It might sound strange to some, but my passion for maths is now moving me towards Tax, the most interesting part of my ACA accountancy studies."
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