Louis teaches the importance of transferable skills
Louis, European Business Development Director, talks to us about his post-school journey and why he volunteered at our Commerce in the Classroom workshop.
During my time at school I attended a two-week work experience placement with Midland Bank (which is now HSBC bank) and I really loved my time there. I’d thought I wanted to be a teacher up until then but the work experience placement changed my mind. At the time, to join a bank you needed 4 O Levels including Maths and English; I got 8 but failed English which I then retook and passed but it was too late for Midland Bank to accept me so instead I joined Barclays on a youth training scheme. Barclays allowed me a day off to take my English exam and as soon as I passed it they actually took me on permanently instead of staying on the scheme for a year or two because I then had the qualifications needed to be able to meet the entry requirements.