We work hard to create an inclusive culture that looks at your talents first and then encourages you to develop in a way that suits you. Tapping into support networks is a crucial part of this – enabling talented women to build successful careers and transform into our future leaders.
Mentoring with a twist
By 2025 it is predicted that over half of the global workforce will be made up of millennial employees. At this point, businesses will have up to five different generations working alongside each other, each bringing their own unique perspective.
Our Reverse Mentoring programme flips traditional mentoring on its head, placing our most senior leaders in the seat of the Mentee, and the younger employee in the role of a Mentor. The platform connects colleagues based on a few simple questions, with the perfect match being people of at least one generation apart.
Creating a level playing field
We are working hard to ensure we attract and retain people with disabilities, and we remain committed to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our workforce in the process.
No one does it better than our offices in India, who continue to lead the way on inclusion for physical disabilities: colleagues in Bangalore participated in the annual “I-STEM Hackathon”, bringing together blind and partially sighted developers for coding challenges. The event was a huge success, and even saw our Bangalore team hire one of the participating developers.
Our ground-breaking internship programme for graduates with autism also launched in the UK four years ago. By modifying processes slightly, we were able to provide an environment that supported and encouraged their best work, without timed assessments acting as an initial barrier. Beyond that, the programme enables flexible working and improved communication to allow graduates to excel.
The success saw the programme expanding into the US with five students joining the programme, two of whom are now re-joining the bank in permanent roles.
Support for Returners in the UK
Whether you’ve raised a family, set up your own business, or travelled the world, we recognise that not everyone follows the same life and career trajectory – and that there are many talented people looking to return to their professional lives following an extended break.
In the UK we recently launched a supported Return to Work initiative – aimed at providing the training, guidance and support that you might need to find an opportunity that works for you.
Building a global community of Women in Technology
We are passionate about encouraging more women to follow a technical career path and remain technical. Through our Women In Technology Employee Resource Group, we are creating a valuable community and forum for women to share and develop technical skills and grow their technical influence.
Our activities include:
- enabling women to return to coding and build engineering skills
- providing training for women to exert more technical influence
- supporting the recruitment and career mobility of women technologists
- providing access to external speakers and industry influencers
Enabling refugees to build their careers away from home
In recent years we have developed programmes of support for those with refugee status.
For a number of years we have run our Banking Introductory Programme for Refugees. The programme targets candidates who have financial experience and/or education in their home country and would like to expand their network in the industry.
Participants gain interesting insights into the financial industry in general and Deutsche Bank in particular whilst also benefiting from personal career advice about how to kick-start their careers – potentially at Deutsche Bank.
Rainbow Refugees Mentoring Programme:
We have also recently introduced a mentoring programme for LGBTIQI refugees in Germany, bringing them together with our employees and promoting their integration into society by supporting their arrival in the country and integration into the labour market.