Ever wondered what an Investment Banker does? What clues traders look for when trading the financial markets? Or how technology is disrupting the financial sector?
We are the Queen Mary Trading and Investment Society – in short: QMTIS. It’s been a crazy 12 weeks in which we hosted about 16 events and 3 socials. If you haven’t heard about us yet, it’s time to find out!
We are a bunch of passionate finance enthusiasts from all kind of backgrounds. We have been around since 2008 and have an established network across the City and Canary Wharf.
Our 300 or so members come from all kind of backgrounds – economics, maths, computer science, engineering, physics, arts and more. One of the biggest misconceptions is probably that you have to study economics, business or finance to start a career in finance. Our society is open to everyone – we always appreciate fresh ideas and input – and are looking for and generating the future leaders in finance.
QMTIS is both project and events-driven. If you join one of our various sub-divisions, such as Equities, Trading, Macroeconomic Research or Tech, you’ll be taught the basics of your area of interest by experienced committee members who have interned at investment banks, hedge funds and asset managers. You’ll then work on projects, such as writing, presenting and publishing reports in meetings and our website or developing a trading simulator.
On the events-side, we regularly bring in guest speakers from the most prestigious firms. This gives students the opportunity to listen to their stories, ask questions and network. We have so far brought in guest speakers from J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, ING, BNY Mellon and more.
Some of our most exciting events were perhaps not the biggest. In October, we hosted two Assessment Centre Workshops – it helped some of our members to succeed in their interviews. We also hosted a Trading Challenge, a “AI and Machine Learning in Finance” workshop and a “Finance Meets Fashion Coffee Chat” in November. Members could win Insight Days, Book Prizes and T-Shirts.
Free pizza and free beer – WHAT? Yes! At our socials! Our alumni regularly come by to those events as well, so you’ll be able to network and perhaps find a personal mentor? We’ve also established a mentorship scheme to buddy you up with professionals from the industry, so you get one-to-one advice.
It’s never too late to join! We’ll be running the scheme again in January, along with many more exciting events, such as full day trading workshops, guest speaker panels and parties.
Check out some of our upcoming events:
13th of January: Economics Ball (3-course-dinner, with bubbly upon arrival, entertainment, photo booths, free photography, DJs and performers)
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