How companies tap into talent from all walks of life

With diversity viewed as a business asset, see how businesses are bringing different backgrounds on board

Think that people who work in the financial industry are all cut from the same cloth? Think again. Organizations today know they can succeed only if they understand and reflect the societies they operate in. That’s why many of them, Barclays included, actively seek out candidates from diverse backgrounds. People with different experiences and points of view can help companies better understand what matters to customers around the world and create products and services that meet evolving needs.

At Barclays, we embrace diversity in all its forms – from gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, visible and non visible disabilities, faith, veteran status, and religion to diversity of experience and thought. It’s this diversity that inspires so many of our ideas and keeps us at the top of our game. We’re proud to say we’ve won awards for our work in this area.

There are many ways that companies are levelling the playing field so they can bring talent from all walks of life on board. Here are a few you should look out for:

  • Diversity events on campus

These simple but essential touchpoints give you the chance to meet employers who understand the value of different points of view and who are targeting people like you. Campus diversity clubs often have strong links to organizations that are hiring. Join the diversity club that’s right for you and you’ll be the first to hear when those organizations will be on campus.

  • Scholarships

Many companies award scholarships to talented students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in a career in their industry. An example is our Inspiring Excellence Scholarship which offers successful students a summer internship plus up to $10,000 for tuition and academic expenses.

  • Diversity programs

Companies sometimes offer special programs designed to identify, engage, educate and hire people from underrepresented groups. At Barclays, for instance, we have different programs targeting undergrad female, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American and LGBTQIA students, as well as veterans and students with disabilities. Earn a place in one and you’ll travel to our New York office where you’ll spend time getting to know us, our work and what we have to offer. At the same time, you’ll build your skills and your network.

  • Diversity conferences

These inspirational events will bring you up to speed with different industries and career paths, plus the skill sets needed to be successful in those roles. You could even connect with companies that interest you and start to build your professional networks. Depending on your background and your interests, investigate Out 4 Undergrad (outforundergrad.org/), JumpStart (jumpstartadvisorygroup.com/), Forté Foundation (fortefoundation.org) and, for techies, Society of Women Engineers (societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (shpe.org/) and Grace Hopper(ghc.anitaborg.org).

Once you’ve landed an internship or a full-time role, companies will work hard to support you. At Barclays, this support includes, but isn’t limited to, workplace adjustments for people with disabilities, mentors who reflect your diversity background and a host of different employee networks. These networks span gender, multiculturalism, sexuality and age as well as families, parenting and military service, and give member employees rock-solid support.

To us, it’s support that makes good business sense. We believe that feeling comfortable, confident and open at work about who you are helps set you – and us – up for success.