Advice for disabled students looking for employment in finance or banking

Careers in finance and banking are competitive to get into, and you may feel that having a disability could be seen as a hindrance to your chances. However, many companies are being proactive in diversifying their workforce as they are keen to recruit and keep the best people. Below are some advice and examples to give encouragement to anyone interested in this sector.

Jane Bryan, Regional Business Manager at Lloyds Banking Group

” Do not be afraid to disclose your disability and seek any additional support that you may need.  Lloyds (and other financial services employers) are working hard to ensure that our employee profile more accurately reflects that of our client base and we recognise that many of us will suffer from a disability (whether visible or invisible) during our careers.  There are work place adjustments and a wealth of other support available and whilst we are not yet perfect we are on a continual journey to improve.  Remember that internal networks  make it easier for you to reach out to other colleagues that can share experiences with you.”

Along with working for Lloyds Banking Group, Jane is a member of Midlands Ability, a network of employers committed to increasing opportunities for disabled people in the workplace.

EY & becoming a disability confident organisation

Short video with Lisa Cameron, UK partner sponsor for EY’s Disability Working Group, about how they’re becoming a disability confident organisation.

KPMG: Being disability confident

Short video with staff from KPMG about what they are doing to support disabled staff.

Jim Sinocci, Head of Disability Inclusion at JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Vercida diversity guides

Morgan Stanley have produced a guide that highlights diversity initiatives – including disability and reasonable adjustments – of several large multinational organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, Santander, Virgin Money, American Express and Nationwide Building Society. These can be viewed here.

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