An event for females interested in financial services 2021


Stand Out is a careers event for female undergraduates at university.

The event aims to provide students with the opportunity to connect with organisations who are looking to develop their talent pipeline and proactively recruit women for their graduate schemes. These companies will be across numerous sectors, therefore it’s an ideal opportunity to learn about multiple career options and discover the path your future profession may take. If you want to work at an organisation where your ideas matter, your opinions are valued and your contribution is recognised, the insights you’ll gain and the people you’ll meet at this event will point you in the right direction.

The event will take place virtually in 2021. You’ll have the opportunity to learn what employability skills you have and how you can continue to develop them. You’ll improve your commercial awareness and receive useful hints and tips for applications, assessments and interviews.

This event is brought to you by Stafford Long Diversity Solutions. We have been running events for nine years, winning multiple awards and have always maintained the same aim, to connect bright sparks with brilliant employers. 

The firms



About Commerzbank:

Commerzbank is a leading international commercial bank with branches and offices in more than 50 countries. The core markets of Commerzbank are Germany and Poland.

With the business areas Private Customers, Mittelstandsbank, Corporates & Markets and Central & Eastern Europe, its private customers and corporate clients, as well as institutional investors, profit from a comprehensive portfolio of banking and capital market services.

Commerzbank finances more than 30 per cent of Germany’s foreign trade and is the unchallenged leader in financing for SMEs. With its subsidiaries comdirect and Poland’s mBank it owns two of the world’s most innovative online banks.

With some 1,100 branches and approximately 90 advisory centres for business customers Commerzbank has one of the densest branch networks among German private banks. In total, Commerzbank boasts approximately 15 million private customers, as well as one million business and corporate clients. The bank, which was founded in 1870, is represented at all the world’s major stock exchanges. In 2014, it generated gross revenues of almost EUR 9 billion with approximately 52,000 employees on average.

Opportunities and Deadlines:

The graduate programme will begin with 4 weeks technical training in London, introducing Commerzbank and its products and providing a number of networking events. This is followed by on-the-job training. The training programme will give you the opportunity to experience what international business is like within an investment bank. Applications open in autumn 2015.

Women in the City Event: An exclusive one day insight event for female undergraduates and recent female graduates. Experience the world of banking from the inside, gain an overview of the different business areas and typical roles and meet and network with senior Investment Banking managers. Applications open in September 2015 and the event is held in November 2015.

Applications for off-cycle internships are accepted throughout the year. Internship opportunities last from 8 weeks up to 12 months depending on the business area’s needs. They are generally available in all areas within Corporates & Markets, Market Risk and IT.

Careers Website:

ING Wholesale Banking


You are about to make one of the most important decisions in your life and we want to help empower you!

ING is a global financial institution based in the Netherlands with more than 53,000 employees offering banking services to a range of clients in 40 countries. Our Wholesale Banking division in London is involved with UK, European and Emerging Markets deals and is committed to providing the best solutions to its clients’ needs. Our teams are market leading, globally recognised in the industry, and are committed to investing in sustainable projects with ethical clients that benefit the people in the locations impacted.

We are now looking for graduates to join our International Talent Programme (IITP) in London in September 2017.  At ING we know that the decisions you make early in your career will build the foundations for your future. If you are a talented, ambitious undergraduate or graduate, we offer you the opportunity to be part of a central training programme which will give you the training you will require in the essentials of commercial banking.

During your first year with the firm you will undertake three rotations in the business within a variety of Structured Finance sector teams and one of these will be an international assignment that will allow you to see how ING operates in other locations such as Amsterdam, New York or Singapore. Our aim is to provide you with exposure to the bankers, all of whom have an undeniable drive and passion for what they do, and a variety of client projects, which will give you the opportunity to shape your career in the direction that you want to take it.  ING has a culture of respect and fairness and will provide you with a personal sponsor to help manage your career rather than just your job.

Successful applicants will have a strong academic record, on track to get a minimum of a 2.1, a high degree of numeracy and a genuine interest in finance.  You will want to work for an organisation that will actively empower you to build and manage your own career, but who will give you all the training and mentoring you need. This might surprise you about a career in commercial banking, but some of the key skills required are strong interpersonal skills, creativity and the ability and desire to work in a dynamic, stimulating environment.  You will use your problem-solving abilities and thrive on working as part of a team as well as being collaborative, focused on results and able to demonstrate initiative.

If you feel that you would like to be part of our next generation of IITP graduates please apply by clicking on the link:

M&G Investments


M&G is a strong investment brand providing equities, fixed income, real estate and multi-asset products to the retail and institutional markets. Our brand has been built over decades and is based on 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 can be trusted and understood is ingrained in the way we do business.

Innovative culture, training and development support, great work/life balance and engaging assignments…these are just some reasons why our staff enjoy working at M&G.  Recruiting and retaining talent is vital to our continuing success. Investing in your development is just the beginning.

We encourage candidates from all degree disciplines; the variety of degree subjects positively contributes to the diversity of thought at M&G. We have an eye on the future and are interested in your skill base rather than your current knowledge.

For more information on our graduate and intern opportunities, please visit

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG)

As one of the world’s leading financial groups, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) has more than 2,250 locations in 40 countries, with over 150 years of industry experience. We offer stability in an ever-changing market and provide services to high-profile clients on a global scale.

We’re looking for ambitious, driven individuals to join our team, and help us to become the world’s most trusted financial group. With graduate schemes and internships available around the world, you will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best experts in the industry.

MUFG’s securities business offer a comprehensive product suite to clients around the world through five key business lines in the primary and secondary markets: capital markets, credit, rates, equities, and structured products. Our group’s size gives us stability, yet we remain agile, entrepreneurial, and specialist. It’s a rare blend – one that defines our positive culture and allows us to offer a better balance in investment banking.

MUFG’s commercial banking arm is a leading corporate lending bank with over 140,000 staff in more than 44 countries. We offer an intensive range of services from Project Finance & Syndicated Loans through to Transaction Banking & Asset Finance. You will gain an excellent understanding of the banking world and have the opportunity to develop your career within an organisation with a truly global reach.

By joining MUFG, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your financial expertise and become part of a truly international organisation. Whatever programme you choose, you’ll receive tailored training and be involved with a range of challenging projects. From the moment you arrive, we’ll be dedicated to supporting your growth, and actively help you shape the foundations of a long and rewarding career with us.

To apply, please visit our site to find out more:

Global possibilities with an approachable and inclusive culture: it truly is a better balance in banking.



Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership.

We offer a range of graduate and internship programmes across three key areas; investment banking, global markets and corporate infrastructure.

Internship opportunities can include a 10 week spring or summer internship in London or a 3-6 month internship in one of our regional offices. Internships are the perfect preparation for a subsequent full time role. Nomura will extend full time offers to strong performers to return to the company the following year. To apply for an internship position with Nomura in 2017, candidates should be available for full time employment by July 2018.

To apply for a full time position within investment banking, global markets or corporate infrastructure, candidates should be available for full time employment by July 2017.

The recruitment process for the graduate programme consists of three first round interviews (two competency interviews and one case study interview) with junior representatives. If you are applying for an internship, you will attend two first round interviews (one competency interview and one case study interview). If successful, the final round interviews for both full-time and internship positions will consist of four competency based interviews with senior representatives.

At Nomura our goal is to attract and develop exceptionally talented people who share our passion for individual excellence and our commitment to teamwork. We recruit graduates with a high level of academic and extra-curricular achievement, who will be able to withstand the rigours of a rapidly changing, demanding but ultimately rewarding environment. Fluency in English is essential and fluency in other languages is advantageous.

We assess candidates using a range of key competencies which include; problem solving, analytical skills, teamwork, leadership, communication skills, professional presence and initiative. All of these competencies are equally weighted and we look for evidence of these in your CV, cover letter and throughout the interview process. We will also need to be convinced of your interest and commitment to the financial services industry and to Nomura in particular.

For further information about Nomura, please visit

Smith & Williamson


Smith & Williamson is a leading independently owned financial services firm combining an accountancy practice, an investment management arm and a private bank. We provide award-winning services to individuals, corporates, professional practices and non-profit organisations. The breadth of services we offer as a firm is unparalleled and makes us unique in the industry.

To provide the service our clients expect we know our trusted business advisers need an empowering and supportive work environment. With 13 offices in Ireland, the UK and Jersey and global reach through membership of Nexia International, we’re big enough to be competitive. Yet our size means you’ll be part of a friendly, enthusiastic team – and get to know colleagues across the firm.

Careers Website:


Stand Out is a financial services insight event for female undergraduates in their first, second or third year at university.

Careers in financial services are always extremely challenging. And competition for internships is generally quite fierce. With that in mind, we do expect a certain level of academic achievement (320 UCAS points, and predicted a 2:1 or above to be precise).


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