Open Doors is an annual event for Year 12 and Year 13 female students from state schools in and around London, studying all subjects, interested in exploring internship opportunities within the investment banking industry.

Next event: TBC for 2019

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The event

Sessions include:

Introduction to investment banking

Panel discussion

Networking lunch

Skills sessions on CVs and making the most of internships

Open Doors will be held every year at one of the participating bank’s offices in the city of London. The event is for female Year 12 and Year 13 state school students who want to learn more about careers in investment banking. Heads of Sixth Form or school Careers Advisors of attendees are also welcome to accompany their students to the event. The venue, map, dress code and specific agenda are confirmed to attendees once they have applied by CV and been accepted for the event.

With an interactive and informative mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking, this is a great chance to meet and learn from business representatives who are already working at some of the world’s top banks. It’s a unique opportunity to discover what it’s really like to work in the City, ask any questions you might have, and explore how you can apply to future insight days and internships over the next few years before you finish your degree.

The agenda

  • 10.15 Sign in
  • 10.30 Opening from bank host
  • 10.40 Introduction to investment banking
  • 11.20 Graduate panel discussion
  • 12.00 Lunch & networking
  • 13:00 How to make the most of university and apprenticeships
  • 13:45 CV skills
  • 14:30 Close

Meet the banks

What do investment banks do?

Put simply, investment banks provide a range of financial services to companies, governments and wealthy individuals. One of their main roles is to help clients raise capital by issuing and selling securities in the capital markets. They also provide expert advice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as helping clients manage their financial risks.

Investment banking is a dynamic, fast-moving and unpredictable environment where new products, new deals, new risks and new opportunities emerge with astonishing speed. To succeed, you’ll need to be ambitious, intelligent and adaptable. It’s also essential that you have a strong academic record as well as excellent numeric, verbal reasoning and analytical skills.

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Attend the event

Open Doors is an investment banking insight event for female Year 12 and Year 13 state school students that want to learn more about careers in investment banking. Heads of Sixth Form or school Careers Advisors of attendees are also welcome to accompany their students to the event.

An internship or career in investment banking is highly competitive and extremely challenging, so it is important that you have a strong academic background.

All attendees should

Be on track to leave school with 120+ UCAS points, from ANY subjects

Have a CV that outlines extra-curricular activities/ achievements

Be open to exploring an internship within investment banking

Be enthusiastic about the prospect of attending the event

There are a wide range of careers on offer within the investment banks, therefore we welcome applications from all A‑Level subjects or future degree disciplines, so you don’t have to be studying traditional business or a finance-related subject to apply. What you will need is a real desire to find out all you can about the industry, as well as the wide range of intern and full-time opportunities on offer.

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Apply to attend

Collecting and protecting your data

Open Doors 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.

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When you apply, your CV and covering letter will be viewed and stored by our Diversity Solutions team. Firstly, so we can see if Open Doors 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:

  • Deutsche Bank
  • HSBC
  • J.P.Morgan
  • Nomura

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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