We know what you're thinking: 'Investment 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 Society, we've decided to take a new approach. Gone are the days where you had to be an economics/finance student to join our society. We welcome all students from any degree background, and encourage you to join, even if you don't know the slightest thing about investing. Why? Well, we promise that not only will you learn some new skills at our beginner Investing 101 sessions, but we also know that you'll have a great time and make new friends. Our events are going to be exciting and unique, our committee is dedicated and diverse, and we are here to help you. Whether your aim is to learn the fundamentals of investing, to land your dream job in finance, or simply to have fun and meet new people, our society is the best place to do so.
What separates us from other societies?
Investment Society was the largest society at the University of Birmingham last academic year. Established in 2006, we have rose up the ranks of the university’s societies’ table ever since, and with over 100 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 new aim is again simple yet ambitious; to double the membership we had last year from over 500 members to over 1000 and remain the largest society on campus at the University of Birmingham, with the highest level of member engagement. We plan to achieve this through offering an array of weekly events, with content to our members delivered through a variety of means. These include our traditional, student-led investment classes, in addition to our online finance blog, and our growing social media presence across LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. Our socials are also going to be the talk of the town, with (Covid-19 permitting) bar crawls, sports games, Sunday socials and other great events. 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 investment 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. Through attending our Investing, Applications and Careers 101 sessions, our Alpha Room events, Guest Speaker and Networking events, our members will stand out to recruiters when it comes to talking about the financial world with confidence, as well as when taking the next step in their careers. Even if you do not wish to break into the financial sector, our Applications 101 sessions are a great support for applications to a wide range of careers and we have plenty of events to suit your needs! Our trading competition and our virtual Alpha Fund will also test your newly acquired skills, and see how you fare against other students!
If you want to learn about the basics of investing, share your investment ideas with others, or simply want to make some new friends, make sure to become a member of our society. It's cheap, easy, and will give you access to all of our events and content. Similarly, check out our social media pages and blog:
We look forward to meeting you soon!