Find your place in the city
AuthentiCity is an event, supported by Stonewall, created exclusively for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) undergraduates looking to explore career opportunities in the City. You’ll get to speak to representatives from six worldwide firms, who’ll be providing a valuable insight into their work and sharing their experiences of being LGBT in the workplace. Get involved and we could show you just how much you can accomplish while still remaining true to who you are.
Who should attend
If you have career aspirations in Legal, Investment Banking, Professional Services, Fund Management, Insurance or Real Estate – or you simply wish to explore what these industries have to offer – then this event is for you.
Many people believe their gender or sexuality can put them at a disadvantage when looking for jobs. Our aim, above all, is to help put your mind at rest, open your eyes to the wide range of options available, and encourage you to show the world what you’re really capable of.
AuthentiCity is a day for diversity, meaning you’ll be in amongst a talented group you can identify with. This is an opportunity to engage with relatable individuals and ultimately help us improve the way businesses view the LGBT community.
With major firms from six different industries, AuthentiCity gives you the chance to engage with experienced individuals and begin to form an idea of where your potential career may take you.
Every firm participating is a globally recognised organisation. Together, they work to make a positive impact and actively strive for equality and diversity in their respective fields.
Click on a logo to view a firm profile.
Our purpose is to free our 34 million customers from the fear of life’s uncertainties. We’ve been providing first-class insurance, retirement, health and investment products for over 300 years and we make a difference to people, businesses and communities around the world. That gives us a unique competitive advantage too – we are one of only a few composite insurers in the world.
In the UK we are the leading insurer serving one in every four households and have strong businesses in selected markets in Europe, Asia and Canada. And we’ve got big ambitions for the future.
By serving our customers well, we are building a business which is strong and sustainable, which our people are proud to work for, and which makes a positive contribution to society. Our values – care more, kill complexity, never rest and create legacy – are at the very heart of how we do business.
We have opportunities for apprenticeships, Interns & graduates including our Global Graduate Leadership Programme. Application deadlines vary depending on the type of career you are seeking our Graduate application process for our 2017 intake opens in Sept 2016.
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Berwin Leighton Paisner is an award-winning, international law firm. Clients, including over 50 Global Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, rely on our expertise in 70 legal disciplines and have worked with us in 130 countries. Those clients tell us that our firm is distinguished by exceptional personal commitment and a strong focus on helping them to achieve a commercial advantage. Furthermore, our distinctive approach has seen BLP receive 8 Law Firm of the Year awards since 2004 and in 2015 was named a top-five ‘legal game changer of the last decade’ by the Financial Times.
In addition to talented individuals with brilliant minds and bright attitudes, we are looking for people who can take complex, often pressurised, commercial situations in their stride. We run four vacation schemes each year and have 40 Training Contract vacancies per annum.
During the two year training contract you will work on real projects from the outset, rotating through four six-month ‘seats’ in different parts of the business. You might, for example, complete a client or international secondment, run your own real estate file and attend a tribunal. You will receive in-depth department training at the beginning and during each of those four seats, which will give you the legal “know-how” needed to get stuck in to that specific department. You will have an allocated partner mentor throughout, career support from a dedicated training team and can expect to receive 232 hours of training by the time you are a qualified lawyer.
We are currently recruiting for our 2019/2020 training contract intakes (deadline for applications is 31st July 2017) and we will be holding an open day in our London office for first year law students/penultimate year non-law students (deadline for applications is 31st May 2017). We will open for our 2018 internships/vacation schemes from September 2017, this is when we will also be accepting applications for our first year work experience programme and other open days. To apply for any of our opportunities, for further information on our graduate scheme, to hear more about the benefits of training at BLP and to hear from trainee solicitors about their experiences, please visit our graduate website. We use the following academics as guidance for applications: 340 UCAS points (AAB) at A-Level (or equivalent) and A 2:1 degree (or equivalent) – predicted or obtained. However, we do use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System which has enabled us to embed social mobility measures and educational data into our recruitment process. This means we will better understand an individual’s achievements, particularly if they narrowly fall short of the stated criteria.
What We Do
JLL is a financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate services and investment management. We have more than 53,000 people in more than 1,000 locations in 75 countries serving the local, regional and global real estate needs of those clients, growing our company in the process. In response to changing client expectations and market conditions, we assemble teams of experts who deliver integrated services built on market insight and foresight, sound research and relevant market knowledge. We attract, develop and reward the best, and most diverse, people in our industry, challenging them to develop enduring client relationships built on quality service, collaboration and trust.
Eight graduates schemes, summer internships, sandwich placements and apprenticeship programmes.
Graduate programme 2017 – September to November 2016
Sandwich placement 2017 – December 2016 to January 2017
First year workshop 2017 – January to February 2017
Summer internship 2017 – February to March 2017
Apprenticeship 2017 – May to June 2017
Your Career. Your Way.
At J.P. Morgan, we are a core part of the global financial community, helping businesses and markets grow and develop in more than 100 countries. Over the last 200 years, we have evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of some of the world’s largest companies as well as many of the smaller businesses that are a cornerstone of local communities.
Our people work proactively to do the right thing for our clients, shareholders and the firm every day. Joining us means you’ll learn from our experts in a supportive and collaborative team environment and gain the skills to make a direct contribution to the business.
We want to see your creativity, communications skills and drive. Whilst your academic achievements are important, we’re also looking to see your individuality and passion as demonstrated by extra curricular activities. We believe that every individual is in charge of their own career path, and we want to help you to fulfil your potential.
Internship and graduate positions are available firmwide, so it pays to learn as much as possible about the industry, business areas and roles available. We also have pre-internship programs available such as Spring Week and often hire directly from these opportunities – giving you early exposure to our firm and how we do business.
- Global Investment Management
- Global Wealth Management
- Human Resources
- Investment Banking
- Investor Services
- Quantitative Research
- Risk Management
- Sales, Trading & Research
- Treasury Services
All J.P.Morgan summer internships require that students are on track for a 2.1
To find out more about how you can join us, visit our careers website >
KPMG UK LLP
KPMG in the UK has 22 offices and is part of a network of member firms, offering Audit, Tax and Advisory services to some of the world’s biggest businesses. KPMG’s vision is simple – to turn knowledge into value for the benefit of its clients, people and stakeholders. There has never been a better time to launch your career with KPMG.
At KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, mobility opportunities or corporate responsibility volunteering activities – you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re proud of our culture – it’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces diversity and inclusion. We have an innovative spirit which inspires what we do and how we do it – striving to be better lies at the heart of who we are.
What can KPMG offer you?
Agility, flexibility, diversity and inclusion. They’re at the heart of what we do at KPMG. From the way we reward and respect our colleagues, to the service we offer clients – you can expect the best from us and clients will expect the best from you. KPMG’s Graduate and Undergraduate programmes are designed to help you be your best, and give you all the experiences and opportunities you need to achieve your full potential.
You don’t need a Business related degree to apply, no one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. And with the opportunity to work across different specialisms, there really is a place for you here.
As a Stonewall Diversity Champion and Top100 employer, KPMG is proud of the ongoing time and effort we have invested to make LGBT inclusion real for our people, in our workplaces and communities. Our award-winning LGBT network, Breathe, will be there to support you all the way as you build your career at KPMG.
Opportunities and deadlines
We have opportunities for first years in our First Year Insight Programme (2 days over Easter 2017), for penultimate year students on our Summer Vacation programmes (4 – 6 weeks over the summer holidays). A range of graduate opportunities in all departments in our 22 offices around the country.
The recruitment process is conducted on a first come first serve basis, so make sure you get your application in early and sign up to our talent community, The Smart Network, to keep informed of the opportunities.
Visit our website to find out more:
Graduate website >
M&G Investments’ purpose is to help every customer achieve his or her long term financial goals. We do this by pooling our customers’ savings and investing the money in assets all around the world, including shares, bonds, property and infrastructure projects.
Our brand has been built over decades and is based on a reputation for integrity, innovation and a commitment to building long-term wealth for our investors. The desire to do the right-thing for our customers and to provide simple, transparent products that our customers can trust and understand is ingrained in the way we do business.
When we ask our employees what makes them want to work for M&G, there is one word that is repeated: “culture”. Our unique culture is just one aspect that makes us stand out from the crowd. People are at the heart of our organisation. We foster an environment where people from wide-ranging backgrounds flourish through the right combination of challenge, support and continual learning. This enables you to grow to your full potential while enjoying a rewarding career. We encourage everyone at M&G to play their part in creating a climate for enterprise, prosperity and the improved well-being of the community.
Innovative culture, training and development support, a great work/life balance and engaging assignments… these are just some of the reasons why our staff enjoying working at M&G, do you want to join them?
We welcome students in their first, second, or final year at university. If you are intrigued by any of these sectors and wonder what they can do for you, this is a great chance to ask plenty of questions and address any doubts you may have.
To attend, you must:
- Be either Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans*
- Currently studying at a UK university and finishing your studies in 2017, 2018, 2019 or 2020.
- Motivated to explore careers in these industries and meet LGBT professionals. Please specify on your brief cover letter why you want to attend.
For those travelling from outside London, up to £75 of standard travel will be reimbursed. If you wish to apply, please complete the form below.
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The next event will be held on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 15:00 – 19:00. To register your interest and to find out when applications open, please complete the online form below.
Stafford Long and the organisations involved with running AuthentiCity are committed to diversity and providing equality of opportunity. If we understand the bigger picture of who is applying for our opportunities, we will know where to focus our diversity efforts to ensure we engage underrepresented groups and a wide pool of talent.
It would be great to have your co-operation to help inform how well we are doing on attracting different demographics of students. The following questions are therefore being asked purely for diversity monitoring purposes, they will be stored anonymously and will not form any part of your application. Many thanks in advance for your assistance.
The next event will be on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at 15:00 – 19:00 and will be divided into a number of sessions. Some sessions will educate you on the career opportunities in these industries; others will allow you to interact directly with the firms’ representatives. The mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking elements with the six firms and Stonewall should answer any questions you may have when applying for future internships or graduate positions.
“It was amazing to meet seniors from all the firms, hear how they leverage their authenticity at work and assess the distinctive cultures of the firms attending”
“All of the speeches were amazing, people were so friendly and encouraging whilst being so helpful with their knowledge”
“It was great to hear from LGBT people in the industries talk about their experiences”