LSE SU Alternative Investments Conference 2020- Worth it?

Hi guys,

I just got an invitation to attend the LSE SU AI 2020 conference.
Since I'm from Spain and I would need to pay Hotel costs + travelling costs + the ticket of the conference, I would like to know if it is worth it.
I know that the speakers are good and that I will meet a lot of students with similar interests, but I would like to know if going will make a difference in my future.
I have seen that there are workshops and networking events where some students might also be invited to interview process, but since I'm not a target student (I come from a public school) I really don't know if I could benefit from all that.
It seems a very interesting experience, but I don't have that much money and spending about 400€ with an event that might only give me some info about Alternative Investments is not considered for me a good investment.
What do you guys think? Are the "networking" events worth it the cost?
I consider I have a nice Cv for such an event since I have some experience in VC, nevertheless, I'm not target and being the event an LSE event, might harm me more than benefit me.

Thank you! Waiting for some thoughts about these :)

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Comments (16)

Jan 8, 2020 - 8:47am

london target alum here. i haven't been to the conference myself (never applied either), but personally, i see it as a bit of a waste of time - you could watch interviews with almost any of the speakers on youtube where they will say the same thing.

on one's cv, i think it would be at best equivalent to an insight day at a firm (probably less impressive). that is to say that it would give you something to use when answering the "why are you interested in finance?" question, but that's about it. there's a reasonable chance no one will ask about it - a few years ago i won an essay competition and got to spend a day at big financial services firm with a (very) senior colleague. no one has ever asked me about it in an interview (15+). i get the feeling the conference might be the same.

again, i have not been, so people who have may feel differently. if you're really keen, it can't hurt, but maybe not worth heading over from spain for.

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Jan 8, 2020 - 9:31am

I appreciate your response.
I wouldn't go for the "speaking" part (which is indeed very interesting) but for the opportunities that could arise from the networking events and some interview events that could arise (as they say they will in their page).
Since I'm not LSE and also I'm from Spain, I don't consider I could have a good chance to get soemthing like this, that's why I don't think it's worth the money (which for me is very high).
Thank you again for your time :)

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 8, 2020 - 8:02pm

Which internship/interview opportunities exist there? I should be very qualified with experience in BB M&A and MF PE but could give a rat's ass about Darmouth

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  • Intern in HF - Other
Jan 8, 2020 - 9:25am

My two cents:

I went to LSE, interned at MBB, PE and soon at top HF. Always got rejected from taking part in the society as well as the events. I don't know how they select their participants from our own school, but it sure as hell is not based on merit when comparing myself to the people who got in. Not that I feel too butthurt about it. Turned out well for me...

Other than that, they absolutely do have excellent and very high profile speakers.

I wish them all the best in their future endeavors!

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 8, 2020 - 9:28am

Thanks for plugging your success and providing absolutely no perspective on OP's question.

Two cents? More like zero sense.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 8, 2020 - 9:40am

Personally would not spend money to attend a conference when networking is free.

What exactly is on your resume to make it nice? If you have a nice resume, you should be able to have good ROI on cold outreach to alumni (at all levels of success), people covering Spanish markets in IB in London, etc.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
Jan 8, 2020 - 9:46am

I don't think you really answered the question - what makes you ahead of other non-target students or other targets? What does your resume look like? Let us evaluate where you stand relative to peers.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Jan 9, 2020 - 4:49am

Same situation here, I would be especially curious what level of quality the 20 not-yet-announced speakers will be. Will they be CEOs/Founders/MDs of other/smaller funds or rather Principals/Directors of the funds also represented by the 20 announced speakers?

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