First years who enter IIM A are traditionally confused about the sectors they would like to be a part of at the time of internships. In traditional IIM A style, the second years band together to put as much information as possible at the first years’ disposal, to help them make their decision. True to this, BETA (The Finance & Investments Club of IIM-A) conducted a 4 day intra-IIMA finance summit from 14th July 2011(Thursday) to 17th July 2011(Sunday) to introduce first years to the world of finance, outside their textbooks. Conducted on an annual basis, Finomena this year comprised:-
1. Careers in Finance talk:- This widely acclaimed talk by the BETA 2nd year members covered finance careers in both width and depth. It dealt with a range of topics from career paths to interviews to on-the-job experiences in finance, often treading on issues that few people openly dare to discuss.
2. Tryst with Industry stalwarts:- Mr. Ramaswamy Govindan and Mr. Vijay Kuppa(IIMA 2009 passout) of L&T Finance’s famed treasury function, shared their ‘on the ground’ experience.
3. FinQuest:- The finance quiz did not fail to disappoint, with 7 select teams competing for the 2 prizes on offer.
4. BullsEye(the trading game):- Replicating the open-outcry system, it gave an insight into on the skills/temperament needed to be successful traders and investors. Teams of investors and traders competed within their peer group for top honors.
These events allowed the first years to engage with Finance at a more practical level – letting them learn for themselves, the kind of finance knowledge they would need during their internships.
This year, IIM-A also tied up with Bloomberg to conduct their financial aptitude test ‘Bloomberg Aptitude Test’ on campus, absolutely free for IIM-A students. This 3 hour test saw more than 250 test takers from both the first and the second year. While the results will not be publicly aggregated/searchable on an institute basis, we are confident that the results will bolster IIM-A’s standing as the nation’s top B-School, and among the best worldwide.
We thank the guest speakers, students, Bloomberg personnel, administrative staff and others who helped make this a grand success.