Kathy Goodwin completed an industrial placement at Morgan Stanley while she was studying Mathematics with a Diploma in Professional Studies at Loughborough University. She is currently working as a Treasury Analyst.
Were you open about your disability during the application process? What support was provided to you?
I was open about my dyslexia throughout the application process. This meant that the firm arranged for me to have extra time for my online testing as well as extra time at the assessment centre to read through the materials for the group task. It is important to let the firm know if you would like any support ahead of any testing or interviews as this gives the firm the best opportunity to plan appropriately for you and for you to do your best on the day.
What led you to this role? Why did you choose to join Morgan Stanley?
I applied to Morgan Stanley after meeting the Firm’s employees at campus events. Morgan Stanley’s culture for inclusion and doing the right thing stood out to me straight away. The placement students I met on campus spoke so highly of their experiences with the firm that I knew Morgan Stanley was somewhere I wanted to work. Due to my background in mathematics, I wanted a role in which I would be using my numerical and logical thinking skills on a daily basis, as well as broadening my understanding of the world of finance. Morgan Stanley Corporate Treasury seemed the perfect place for me to work. I thoroughly enjoyed my industrial placement and was delighted to secure a position as a Treasury Analyst at the firm.
How do you manage your disability at work?
I am open about my dyslexia with my team and they are therefore very helpful and understanding when working with me. I double check my emails to look for errors before sending them. I put aside extra time in my day for tasks that I know will take me longer. I sometimes reach out and ask for help with reviewing my work, which my team is always happy to do.
What is your organisation’s approach to disability; how has your employer helped you to do well at your workplace?
Morgan Stanley is very supportive of applicants with disabilities. My dyslexia was no exception. The firm was keen to make the application process accessible to everyone, and so they went to every effort to support me with my dyslexia throughout the process. Ahead of joining Morgan Stanley, I was contacted by the firm to see if there was anything that would help me during training or joining my desk. They were also very helpful when I mentioned my poor hearing in one ear. My team organised our desks so that I could sit where I can hear everyone.
Tell us about a personal strength or a valuable plus which you have developed, as a result of your disability. How has it helped you in your career?
I think that due to my dyslexia, I have developed my numerical skills and visual communication skills. Through studying mathematics I have improved my numerical and logical thinking skills. These skills have helped me to perform well in my role. The numerical skills have been hugely beneficial as I run stress tests, analyse variances and calculate ratios and requirements. The visual communication skills have helped me create impactful and effective PowerPoint presentations.
What advice would you give a student with a similar disability, who wants to pursue a career in the field you work in?
Don’t be worried about being open about your disability/illness during the application process. The firm will support you and will not judge you unfairly at all. Being open about your needs will enable you to be assessed on a level playing field. I would also recommend doing your research. There are a lot of different roles within an investment bank. You should read up on the different departments and find a role that really suits you.