Disclosing dyslexia at a BB - Potential adverse effects?

Intern in IB-M&A

Hi Monkeys,

I will be interning at a BB soon. My dyslexia was brought up by the HR in the pre-employment screening. They asked me to provide some documents regarding it, which I did.

I was wondering if you have some experiences with such issues. Could it adversely impact the team allocation/FT hiring?

I don't think it would affect my performance on the job. I am joining IBD not S&T, hence in the worst case scenario I'd just need to grind a bit more harder than the others. However, I am not sure how information about a such disability would be view be senior bankers.

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Jun 1, 2020

hey you made it all the way to banking so dont see why it should be an issue. sure, you'll have to work harder but seems like you already have been doing that. goodluck

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Jun 1, 2020

Gary Cohn had dyslexia. Took him 6 hours to read 22 pages. Became President of GS.

Fake it til you make it brotha.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 1, 2020

I have heard his story as well as some other people who were successful in the field despite dyslexia.

I was just wondering what would be the view of senior bankers, or Analyst/Associates that might not want to work with that person when notified about it by the HR (as he/she can be viewed as more prone to make mistakes).

Jun 1, 2020

I would not disclose it. Disclosing it won't have a positive effect under any circumstance, and in some cases it could have a negative effect. Even if the policy is not to discriminate and people tries to do so, we all discriminate unconsciously. You don't want to show any potential negative points to your employer.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Restr
Jun 1, 2020

I wouldn't have disclosed it to begin w/, but it may well end up being a complete non-issue. I have dyscalculia and never disclosed it in school so that potential future employers wouldn't have any of knowing about it. The rationale was that I could see scenarios where it ended up hurting me and none where it ended up helping me.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 2, 2020

i don't think you should disclose it - there's just no upside
FWIW i have ADHD and don't plan on telling anyone formally / officially

Jun 2, 2020

Senior bankers aren't going to know unless you tell them.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jun 2, 2020

You would not expect the HR to notify the team about it?

Jun 2, 2020
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