Let's open up
To us, the best thing we can all do is be honest and supportive of each other. We genuinely want to help you be your whole self. Our Head of Early Careers Operations, Shaun, knows that first hand:
I suffer from two core mental health conditions: depression and General Anxiety Disorder. I wondered myself whether sharing that information would impact my chances of being shortlisted, so I kept it to myself. I also shied away from letting Barclays know I was engaged to a man.
So from the start, it felt like only part of me applied for the role. But just a few weeks in, I could see what a truly inclusive, supportive and accessible organisation we are. I was encouraged to be open – so I was. And through all the years since, I’ve only ever been supported, developed, and heard.
It’s an experience that motivates me to empower others. Be yourself. Don’t hide away from sharing what you need or who you are – because we’ll support you. We’ll connect you with mentors; make workplace adjustments. We’ll do whatever you need us to. But most importantly, we’ll listen.
Shaun Meekins, Global Head of Apprentice Recruitment
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.
Not convinced yet?
We know it’s not always easy to talk disability with a potential employer. It takes confidence – and that takes trust. So to show what it’s like to declare a disability here, we spoke to just some of the apprentices who’ve already done it.