|Employer:||IB Gohmert CPA|
||Management & Finance, BBA
What did you like best about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
I would say the people were the best part. Everyone there was there to learn, and act in a more "grown-up" way. The readings and discussions that followed were always interesting and full of valuable information, not just on the topic, but how to analyze an article and figure out what is really being said. Having Dave to bounce questions and ideas off of was a plus as well, not just on investments. Dave’s interest in the student's lives is awesome, as it helps bring the group together as a whole.
I learned so much during the fun time I spent helping start and run Bulldog for the first 2 years, but the highlights would include: how to be a conservative value investor by studying facts and not fluff, how to be a better presenter and how to handle questions from an audience, as well as making friends and connections I can rely on throughout my life.
What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
The Friday meetings were the part I liked least, or disliked most... whichever. I know people have difficult schedules, but this was the hard part for me with trying to manage things at home.
Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?
I would say jump in it. Dave is a wonderful teacher (instructor, supervisor, whatever...), and always brings up interesting details and turns them into discussions. The real-life feeling is very good. It helps when you have real money, and can see real gains and losses on a portfolio. It isn't just some simulation like the Policy capstone class... it is a real-world setting with real-world results and consequences. Dave is good about letting you get your ideas out, then pointing out potential issues with your stock idea based on numbers and current events.
What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the “real world?”
The presentations helped me the most I would say. The feeling of having to prepare a thorough presentation and knowing the material well is crucial for everyday business. Also the on-the-spot feeling of trying to answer Dave's questions was difficult at the time, but it helped train me how to prepare better, anticipate questions and know how to deal with the immediate stress of being on the spot in front of a group of people.
The standard meeting time was also good in a sense of it helped get me in the habit of being early to things to help get set up and make sure everything was working.
Decisions have consequences. To invest, or not to invest... Knowing how to value a company and options are key in this business, but these decision making concepts apply to many business situations. You have to know how to weigh your options and go with the best one in many situations.
How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?
I didn't really use it to gain a job in a professional sense... But, the knowledge of how to value stocks and how the stock market works has paid off well for my personal portfolio. I have been investing some of my savings, and am happy to say I have some fantastic investments all thanks to Dave and his knowledge.
If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?
The only real thing I would change from my time in Bulldog would be the meeting dates--move them off Friday. Otherwise, it was a fantastic learning experience.