“Edge Hill provided me with a solid platform to present myself to potential employers.”
Mark Corke’s interest in working for Barclays was piqued when he attended a graduate fair at Edge Hill and heard first-hand of all the opportunities available at the global banking firm.
After graduating from Edge Hill with a BSc (Hons) Computing, Mark is now thriving in his role as a Retail Online Banking Designer for Barclays, based at Radbroke Hall in Cheshire, and he has some invaluable advice for current students looking for a graduate job.
“When I started working for Barclays I was employed as a Developer, however due to departmental restructuring, my role was switched from a Developer to Retail Online Banking Designer.
“In my current role I am responsible for liaising with developers and detailing the tasks they are required to accomplish. I create the documentation for the developers to follow, ensuring I have outlined the specific features to enable them to have a clear understanding of the technical details and requirements of the projects.
“It is important to be organised and prioritise my work in order to meet deadlines, so on a daily basis I hold a meeting with my team, detailing the previous daily tasks completed and set out the required tasks for the day.
“I am lucky in the respect that in addition to my main role, I have the chance to undertake a variety of other activities including careers events at Edge Hill, a Life Skills event at Holmes Chapel, helping with the Barclays Technology Challenge and monthly Robotic Challenge events, as well as being an Ambassador for the new CoLab experience at Barclays.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my course at Edge Hill which provided me with excellent subject knowledge and the ability to articulate myself well in a team environment. I even secured a part time job as a Web Developer in Edge Hill’s enterprise department, which allowed me to gain invaluable skills, enhancing my employability.
“Edge Hill’s graduate fairs played a key role in securing my interest for Barclays, as they gave me the chance to voice my interest and establish myself to other potential employers. The University’s connections with Barclays allowed me to take part in the Barclays Technology Challenge which really convinced me that I wanted to work for the company.
“My advice to current students is to set yourself goals and push hard to get them. Apply early and work hard on selling yourself, and try and obtain relevant work experience as it’s a great way of learning additional skills. The lecturers at Edge Hill go above and beyond to help so don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice, and make sure your CV stands out and showcases your strengths.”