Investment banking virtual careers event for students with disabilities and
long-term health conditions

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About our virtual event

Finding a graduate career is a big moment in your life.
You’ve got a lot of decisions to make. What do you want to do? Where do you want to do it? Will it make you happy? Does it pay enough to support your future plans?

But for students with a disability or a long-term health condition, it doesn’t end there. You’re also trying to work out which businesses will support you properly. Who’ll enable you to manage your condition in the workplace? Who’ll empower you to do your best work? Are there prejudices to overcome in the industry?

This event is supported by BlackRock.

If you’re wondering about investment banking, we can help. This interactive, virtual event provides undergraduates with disabilities and long-term health conditions with direct connections to banking and finance opportunities. You’ll talk to knowledgeable employers. Meet successful bankers with disabilities. And you’ll get a sense for how to get ahead in a career that’s right for you.

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Can I attend this event?

To come along to Access to Banking, there are a few things we’ll need you to be:

What will you cover?

This half-day event is carefully crafted to provide all sorts of vital information about your potential future industry, from how you’ll be supported to how to apply, and whether to declare your condition. Attending firms are here to get to know you personally, and provide you with all the honest insight they can.

Session you can expect, include:


Building confidence

Hear from our motivational guest speaker on why we should all champion disability and inclusivity in the workplace.


What is banking?

An overview of the banking industry


Recruitment skills

Breaking down each stage of applying and upskilling, so that you know what to expect.


Panel discussions

Senior representatives and previous participants from participating banks talk about their condition and their experience.


Networking with business representatives

Practise your newfound skills as you talk to representatives from participating banks.

Meet some of our previous attendees

Our organisers run a whole series of events to help young people from all kinds of backgrounds to crack their chosen industry – and plenty of them go on to internships and graduate programmes, thanks to us. Here, you’ll meet students from our previous disability-focused events:

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Emily Roe

Global Markets Analyst

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

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Miraj Shah

Global Markets Research Intern


Where and when is the event held?

Access to Banking will take place virtually on the 8th October 2020. If you register your interest and we confirm you as an attendee, we’ll let you know the all the platform details you need well in advance, as well as making any adjustments you might need.

If you have any questions on this event or any of our other diversity focused events, all you need to do is get in touch and ask us at This won’t affect your registration at all, and it’ll be kept in confidence by the event organisers, so please just let us know.

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Collecting and protecting your data

Access to Banking is organised by our parent company Stafford Long & Partners. In the run up to the event, we’ll be collecting certain data about the people attending. Below is a brief outline of why we need that data and what we do with it when we have it.

There are also a few options for you to decide what data you share with us. If you feel comfortable doing so, we’d really appreciate it as it helps us focus our diversity effort to ensure we engage with under-represented groups and a wider pool of talent.

You can view our full Privacy Policy here.

When you apply, your CV and covering letter will be viewed and stored by our Diversity Solutions team. Firstly, so we can see if Access to Banking is the right event for you. And secondly, so we can let you know if your application has been successful.

If we offer you a place at the event and you agree to attend, we’ll need to share your CV, contact details and any dietary or accessibility requirements with the participating companies so they know who’s attending on the day. It’s also so they can let you know about future career opportunities that might be of interest. The participating firms are:

  • BlackRock

To help us understand how well we’re attracting different demographics of students, we may ask for more details about your ethnicity, sexual orientation and any disabilities you consider yourself to have.

If you’d rather not share this information, that’s absolutely fine. Simply tick the ‘prefer not to say’ box in the relevant sections. But rest assured, anything you do tell us will stored and processed anonymously, and won’t form part of your application.

We’d also love to keep you posted about other events that might be of interest. So make sure you tick the box that says you’re happy for us to stay in touch.

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Get in touch

If there’s anything you want to know that isn’t covered here, if you’ve got feedback for us on how we can improve, or if you’ve got an idea for a future event, you can get in touch with us in lots of ways: