Something to Declare
There's something we want to mention from the start. When you apply to the Masters Apprenticeship, there's a standard question we ask every candidate. We call it 'Opening Up', and it's your chance to tell us anything you think we should know about you.
That's a big question with all kinds of answers. Do you have a disability or a condition you want to tell us about? Are you anxious about supporting or starting a family whilst on the course? Maybe you've got something stressful going on in your life right now that might mean you aren't at your best?
Whatever it is, we want you to feel comfortable, both during the application and on the programme. So before you decide what to write, we wanted to talk to you about it.
Let's open up
To us, the best thing we can all do is be honest and supportive of each other. We don't want you to feel like you have to confirm to a certain image to be on our Masters programme. Here's our Head of Early Careers Operations, Shaun, to say more:
I suffer from two core mental health conditions: depression and General Anxiety Disorder. I wondered myself whether sharing that information - or the fact that I was engaged to a man - would impact my chances of being shortlisted, so I kept it to myself.
As you hopefully already know for yourself, the reality is that Barclays want you to be able to be open about who you are - and applying for this programme is no exception. Be yourself. Don't hide away from sharing who you are and what you'd need to help you make the best of this incredible opportunity. If it matters to you, it matters to us - even if you've always kept it to yourself until now."
Shaun Meekins, Head of Early Careers Operations
Reasons to tell us about yourself
We know plenty of applicants will have a condition or an issue that's part of their life that they haven't shared with us. Maybe you don't want to. Maybe you feel unsure about why we're asking. Or you just don't think it's 'serious' enough to tell us. So let's be upfront. Here are all the honest reasons why we'd encourage you to let us know anything that affects you or that you're worried about sharing, even if you think it's nothing important.