Open Doors

Sixth form interbank event

Open Doors is an annual event for Year 12 & 13 london-based (and surrounds) female state school students interested in internship opportunities within investment banking.

The event

Sessions include:

  • Introduction to investment banking
  • Panel discussion
  • Networking
  • Skills sessions – CVs and making the most of internships

Open Doors will be held virtually for 2021. The event is for female Year 12 & 13 state school students who want to learn more about careers in investment banking. Heads of sixth form and school careers advisors are also welcome to accompany their students to the event.

With an interactive and informative mixture of presentations, panel discussions and networking, this is a great chance to meet and learn from business representatives who are already working at some of the world’s top banks. It’s a unique opportunity to discover what it’s really like to work in the City, ask any questions you might have, and explore how you can apply to future insight days and internships over the next few years, before you finish your degree.

Example agenda

10.15 – Sign in

10.30 – Opening from bank host

10.40 – Introduction to investment banking

11.20 – Graduate panel discussion

12.00 – Networking

13:00 – How to make the most of university and apprenticeships

13:45 – CV skills

14:30 – Close

Meet the banks

What do investment banks do?

Put simply, investment banks provide a range of financial services to companies, governments and wealthy individuals. One of their main roles is to help clients raise capital by issuing and selling securities in the capital markets. They also provide expert advice on mergers and acquisitions, as well as helping clients manage their financial risks.

Investment banking is a dynamic, fast-moving and unpredictable environment where new products, new deals, new risks and new opportunities emerge with astonishing speed. To succeed, you’ll need to be ambitious, intelligent and adaptable. It’s also essential that you have a strong academic record as well as excellent numeric, verbal reasoning and analytical skills.

A few previous participating firms are outlined below. Click to view their profiles.

Attend the event

An internship or career in investment banking is highly competitive and extremely challenging, so it’s important that you have a strong academic background.

All attendees should

  • Be on track to leave school with 120+ UCAS points, from ANY subjects
  • Have a CV that outlines extra-curricular activities/ achievements
  • Be open to exploring an internship within investment banking
  • Be enthusiastic about the prospect of attending the event

There are a wide range of careers on offer within the investment banks, therefore we welcome applications from all A‑Level subjects or future degree disciplines, so you don’t have to be studying traditional business or a finance-related subject to apply. What you will need is a real desire to find out all you can about the industry, as well as the wide range of intern and full-time opportunities on offer.

If you’re a teacher at a London-based (and surrounds) state school and want to find out more about how to get your students involved, please email


Register your interest

To register your interest please complete the online form below.

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