I knew that I wanted to work within HR and whilst you can do that virtually anywhere, I wanted to do so within an organisation that I was interested in and one which I believed served an important purpose. Also, having had little prior practical work experience I didn’t know which area of HR would be a good fit for me so the rotational element of the Bank’s HR programme was a key selling point. Graduates also have the unique opportunity to study the Bank’s Central Banking Qualification which I thought would be a great way to expand my knowledge in areas outside of HR and gain a real understanding of how the Bank operates and how key decisions affecting the UK economy are made.
There are countless opportunities to learn new skills and experience different areas, both inside and outside of my day to day role. On the HR Graduate Programme we rotate through four 6 month placements in different HR disciplines so I have learned a range of new soft and technical skills, built a wide network and experienced different working styles. The Bank promotes working across boundaries and we are actively encouraged to engage with other departments and involve ourselves with projects outside of our usual remit. No two days at the Bank are the same if you don’t want them to be and we are empowered to shape our own careers and manage our own learning.
The organisational culture is what surprised me most about The Bank, it's a national institution that has been around for centuries and I thought that as a reflection of this the culture and values might be outdated and the structure incredibly hierarchical. In fact, the Bank is constantly looking at creative ways to change the way we work and promotes working flexibly and maintaining work/life balance. The atmosphere is friendly and sociable, and regardless of seniority I have found that colleagues across the Bank are helpful, approachable and collaborative.