Women in Finance (WiF) aims to encourage female students into the finance industry by promoting opportunities, offering advice, hosting female events, and building a network.
WiF acts as a useful bridge between employers and women looking to enter the industry by providing women huge exposure to what is out there for them and de-stigmatise banking.
Each year we have seen a growth of the WIiF group within IFS and we are very proud as a society to see these members receive graduate positions in such a highly competitive industry. This year we are putting a greater emphasis on holding more events for WiF – in particular, we aim to provide them with more networking opportunities and seminars.
BAME in Finance is a new group at the University of York that has grown substantially over the past few years with the aim of preparing and encouraging black and ethnic minorities to pursue careers in finance.
IFS work with charities such as SEO and the Bright Network to achieve this goal.
IFS is also holding BAME panels next year for these individuals. We are wary of equal representation whenever we invite speakers, that is why last year 1/3 of our speakers were from a BAME background.
Finance for Non-Finance (F4NF) is a new sub-group for this year which we have established to meet increasing demands from employers for graduates with STEM backgrounds.
IFS seeks to foster a community of STEM students and engage them through collaborations with relevant departments on specialist events and promotion of STEM-exclusive work opportunities through a targeted marketing strategy.
Our cLaw group aims to equip students who do not study law with the skills to succeed in the industry. We recognise the many similarities between finance and corporate law. For example, knowledge of capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and general financial commercial awareness are invaluable to a student wishing to pursue corporate law.
Each year we help many students to improve their financial knowledge in preparation for becoming a corporate lawyer.