Opening up opportunities for students with disabilities & health conditions.



With so many career options to consider, deciding what you want to do can be overwhelming and confusing. For individuals with a disability or long term health condition this can be even more challenging as you consider how you are going to manage your disability in the workplace.

Getting investment banking is a uniquely interactive event designed to provide undergraduates with disabilities and long-term health conditions an insight into the true nature of the opportunities available within investment banking and the support that can be provided.



This event is for anyone with concerns that their potential to develop an exciting and rewarding career might be compromised by the fact that they have a disability or long term health condition – visible or otherwise. Or that the kind of long hours, pressures and travel we typically associate with life at a top investment bank, may present a barrier.

The event is aimed at first and second year students who are graduating in 2016 and 2017. You may be interested in a career in investment banking and want to find out more. Alternatively, you may not think that investment banking is for you, but are prepared to keep an open mind.

If you are worried about telling a future employer about your disability and the support you may require this event will help reassure you. One of the key objectives of Getting Investment Banking is to take an honest look at the issue of disclosure. The event will explore the responsibilities of both employer and employee to ensure that any necessary reasonable adjustments are put in place.

Academic requirements

While this event seeks to demonstrate that a career in investment banking is more accessible than you might previously have thought, it remains a highly competitive area, calling for bright individuals with the talent to succeed.

As such, if you are to attend, you should have achieved good grades at A-level (300+ UCAS points) and be studying up to degree level. Of course we will take any mitigating circumstances you may provide into account.



With contributions from some of the world’s leading banks, it will help you to develop your understanding of the industry. As well as providing a great insight into the careers on offer in investment banking it will also look at some of the issues that are of particular interest to those with a disability or long term health condition.

Attending Getting Investment Banking will help give you the confidence and direction you need to overcome your concerns and make the most of your potential.


Since Citi opened its first office in New York in 1812, it has answered the needs of economies, businesses and communities in hundreds of cities, in over 160 countries, thriving in the most challenging times over a 200 year history. Citi’s global presence isn’t just a question of size, it’s a way of thinking.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As a company serving clients in more than 150 countries, and with c. 265,000 employees, Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley is more than a leading financial services Firm. With 1,200 offices spanning 43 countries and talented, passionate people bringing excellence and integrity to everything we do, the Firm is truly global. Throughout the Firm’s history, diverse and talented individuals have worked together to develop our new ideas and groundbreaking financial products.


Barclays is a bank with strong values and a clear purpose: helping people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. That starts with our graduates, from day one. Right across Barclays, graduates are playing a part in realising our vision. In doing so, they’re driving their own careers too.

Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.


HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. With more than 6,300 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.

J.P. Morgan

Working with a team committed to being the best. Earning the trust of our clients. Demanding excellence of yourself. That’s what it means to be part of J.P. Morgan. Join us and you’ll help shape the future of one of the most respected financial institutions in the world. We play a leading role in helping markets grow and companies develop in more than 100 countries.


UBS is a global financial services firm offering wealth management, investment banking, asset management and, in Switzerland, retail and commercial banking.


Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a global financial services provider. Our diverse range of services includes corporate finance and advisory, equities research and broking, funds and asset management, foreign exchange, fixed income and commodities trading, lending and leasing and private wealth management.

citi Bank of America Merrill Lynch Morgan Stanley Deutsche Bank Goldman Sachs HSBC J.P.Morgan ubs Macquarie



During the day there will be a number of sessions each carefully designed to provide you with as much information about the industry, whether its right for you, how to apply, and the support that is available to you.



An introduction to investment banking

Understanding the recruitment process

Recruiter-led skills sessions

Openness and requesting adjustments

Panel discussions with senior representatives from participating banks

Networking with bank representatives over drinks and canapés



 for 2013 event summary       for 2012 event summary

The event in 2013 took place on 24th October at the offices of Citi in Canary Wharf
This was the events third consecutive year and was a success with 40 first and second year disabled students attending
Trainees, partners and recruiters from Nine Investment banks attended (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Citi, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS)
The students who attended were afforded the opportunity to meet with potential future employers in a relaxed environment
Helen Cooke, Director of My Plus Consulting, explained how requesting and implementing adjustments in the workplace is a two-way street
Helen spoke about how, in recruitment, employers and candidates must work together to ensure that proper adjustments are made, sharing the responsibility of helping ‘level the playing field’ for disabled candidates
In addition, Helen talked to the delegates about the benefits of disclosing their disability to an employer, when to do this and how the information they provided was used to ensure appropriate support was put in place
The panel session gives students a chance to discuss questions openly among the group
Topics such as disclosure, support and promotion were all discussed with panel members offering advice and guidance as well as sharing their own personal experiences of managing their disability in the workplace
Students next enjoyed an interactive interview skills session. Recruiters explained how a typical interview was structured and got the students to work through common interview questions
Recruiters talked about what was meant by ‘commercial awareness’ and how best to demonstrate this knowledge at interview
The day ended with a networking reception where students were able to spend time with representatives from the different firms and find out more about working in the various organisations present
The feedback from the students was overwhelmingly positive; they found the day hugely informative and helpful
Many of them said that they day had considerably built their confidence to believe a career in investment banking was a very real opportunity for them and that support would be in place to ensure they could realise their true potential.






Take a look at some of the past attendees who have gone on to secure places with one of the participating banks, on their internship or graduate programmes.

Emily Roe

Emily Roe
Global Markets Analyst
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Miraj Shah

Miraj Shah
Global Markets Research Intern



Please check your eligibility under the ‘Who should attend’ section of the website. Please note that this event is only open for people with a disability or long term health condition. If you do not satisfy these conditions you are not eligible to apply and your application will not be accepted.

If you’d like to attend on Thursday 23rd October 2014, please apply by entering your details, a CV and a brief cover letter stating why you would like to attend below. We will be accepting attendees from August until October 2014.

Once you have been invited to join us on the 23rd we will ask you to provide information about any adjustments you may require. Please note that to guarantee we have sufficient time to implement these for you, we need to know what you require by 10th October. Though we will aim to make adjustments after this date there is no guarantee. You are therefore advised to apply as early as you can.

Thank you.

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Organised and designed by My Plus Consulting and Stafford Long | 2014