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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

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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.

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We aren't trying to trip you up
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This is a competitive application process - but we want to make sure we get the best people, and that means making sure everyone has a fair shot. We're asking not to rule you out, but so that we can do as much as we can to help you succeed
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We don't have a set idea of what disability means
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If you want to tell us about a condition or disability, you don’t have to be registered disabled. You don’t even have to have told your current team. It could be something physical or something mental – depression, anxiety, stress, grief. And whether you see it as a disability or not, telling us means we can support you, from application through to any needs on the programme. How? Read on.
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Telling us what you need means a better application process
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Often, we find out about someone’s circumstances after they’ve already dropped out of applying – and we know we could have helped. We don’t want that for you. If you tell us about yourself, then whether you need arrangements for a visual impairment, or whether applications affect your anxiety, we’ll get in touch straight away to see how we can help. And what’s more…
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You'll have access to a personal mentor
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Every single applicant who tells us about an issue they’re dealing with or a condition they have will be contacted straight away and offered a mentor who can identify with what they’re going through.
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Your information will be handled with care
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We can tailor the application process to your needs, but no-one in the business has to know anything you don’t want them to. If you tell us something in confidence, not even your current team has to know about it unless you want them to.
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We can answer your questions
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There might be some questions you just don’t want to voice to anyone at work. It could be a mental or physical condition. Family planning issues. Even financial worries. Telling us privately means you can ask anything you need to, and we can ease your mind.

Not convinced yet?

We know it's not always easy to talk openly about the things that affect you. It takes confidence - and that takes trust. So to show what happens when you tell us what you need, we spoke to some of the apprentices who've already done it.

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