John Mwendwa, 29, is a banker who dreams of doing investment banking at the global stage. He spoke to GARDY CHACHA
What does it mean to be a banker?
A banker to me is a custodian and an advisor. It calls for financial competence and the desire to delight customers.
What is most exciting thing about your job?
I work at the managing director’s office at the Barclays’ headquarters in Westlands and it is exciting to be at the decision-making part of the business. It also feels nice to work for a global brand.
How did you end up in the profession?
I had been an accountant then an auditor in the manufacturing sector. I wanted more dynamism and banking provided that.
Was banking one of your career dreams?
I had never thought of pursuing it as a career. It was the last thing on my mind. I needed change and banking provided a golden opportunity. Once I was in it, there was no turning back. Am glad I made that choice.
What qualities are preferable for any person who would like to be a banker?
Banking calls for good ethics and discipline. It’s important to be trustworthy as this builds your reputation. A banker needs a sound mind besides analytical skills and an eye for business. You don’t have to study banking to make a good banker, but some training in finance is an added advantage.
Could it be true that a banker has a uniquely high affinity to money?