We know what you're thinking: 'Investment & Finance Society is boring/nerdy/exclusive/mathematical/not fun'. We've heard it all before, but we promise you that you couldn't be any further from the truth! So don't scroll past us without registering for our membership!
See, at Investment & Finance Society, we've decided to take a new approach. Gone are the days when you had to be an economics/finance student to join our society; in fact, even our Co-President studies Politics, something that is as distant to finance as you can imagine! We welcome all students from any degree background, and encourage you to join, even if you don't know the slightest thing about investing or finance. Why? Well, we promise that not only will you learn some new skills at our beginner Investing 101 sessions, but we also know that there is no better place to develop your interests in finance. Our exclusive events are undoubtedly unique, our committee is dedicated and diverse, and we are here to support you in your journey! Whether your aim is to learn the fundamentals of investing, land your dream job in finance, or simply have fun and meet new people, our society is the best place to do so.
WHAT SEPARATES US?
The Investment & Finance Society was the largest society at the University of Birmingham during the 2021/2022 academic year. Established in 2006, we have risen up the ranks of the university’s societies’ table ever since, and with over 400+ members already, we are well-positioned to retain our title over the course of this academic year.
Last year, our aim was simple and not as ambitious as we thought: to become the largest society on campus at the University of Birmingham, with the highest level of member engagement. After smashing our target last year and with memberships reset ready for this academic year, we now must remain the largest society on campus. Our way of achieving this new aim is yet again simple; offer an unbelievable assortment of events that will make it virtually impossible for people to not buy our membership!
Furthermore, our events are already the talk of the town! Tell us which society within UoB hosts three senior CEOs within the space of three months? When you couple this with our elite bar crawls and sports socials, why wouldn't you want to sign up?!
With an incredibly diverse committee, we believe that we can attract a wide range of students from all degree backgrounds. No longer will investing and finance bear the misconception of being an exclusive and complex field. We are breaking down the barriers and welcoming all students to our society, giving them the tools they need to increase their financial skillset and break into the financial industry. We strive to capture the interest of students from all walks of life, irrespective of degree background, gender, ethnicity and sexuality.
Breaking into the financial world is increasingly challenging, and many students on campus fear that the recent Covid-19 pandemic will hamper their career plans and job application progress. As a result, one of our principal aims is to instill a great sense of commercial awareness in our members, with particular emphasis on how the employment landscape is continually evolving. This will ensure that they maintain a competitive edge over other students. We have recently introduced an Investment Banking Division in which our 18 chosen analysts will be originating detailed M&A reports across six different sectors within FIG, TMT, Consumer & Retail, Energy, Industrials and Healthcare. These reports will be published online for hundreds or even thousands of people to view and this is one of the best methods of strengthening your CV!
Similarly, we are offering a similar initiative called the Alpha Fund. This aligns closely with the Investment Banking Division, however, it is orientated around researching, proposing and presenting stock pitches to the society members. These pitches will then be tracked on a paper trading account which will allow you to accurately track your investment thesis. This is an excellent chance to develop your own investing knowledge whilst also furthering your chances of potentially becoming a trader.
Furthermore, our initiative offerings are supplemented through Investing 101, careers sessions, guest speakers and a yearly networking event with senior professionals. These initiatives and sessions will allow for you clearly stand out during the application process of any elite financial institution. Even if you do not wish to break into the financial sector, the advice given during our careers sessions will give you tips and tricks that can be implemented into a wide range of careers and we are sure there will be something to suit your needs!
We are extremely excited to announce that we now have three different sports teams representing our society! Please contact us on our social media if you would like to participate in any of the teams below.
- Netball Team
- Football Team
- Badminton Team
If you want to learn about the basics of investing, a career in finance or simply want to make some new friends, please buy our membership for only £5! It is cheap, easy, and will give you access to all of our events and content. Similarly, check out all of our social media.
We look forward to meeting you soon!
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