|Employer:||Ilene B. Gohmert, CPA|
||Accounting, BBA, MA
What did you like best about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
What I liked best is that Bulldog made the complicated subject of picking stocks seem pretty easy. I still don't know why the average investor tries to make everything so complicated--but I know I certainly won't be doing that. Bulldog also gave me great respect for Warren Buffett and showed me that he isn't just another really rich guy.
What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?
What I didn't always like about Bulldog is that occasionally we did things that seemed to go outside the scope of traditional value investing. Some people had their favorite company that they always wanted, or we were asked to make decisions on short notice. I would have like to have more time to research these ideas.
Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?
I think that current students should join Bulldog because it's not just about picking stocks and investing. Even if you don't have an interest in investing, Bulldog teaches communication skills and critical thinking skills that you can't find in a textbook. And messing up here (which will happen) is a lot more forgiving than messing up in the real world.
What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the “real world?”
I think that Bulldog greatly improved my presentation skills, as well as reinforcing the skills of reading and analyzing financial statements that I had learned as part of my accounting degree. More importantly, just developing the ability to talk to other adults on a professional level about complex subjects is invaluable when it comes to the real world.
How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?
Well, that's easy--if I had never joined Bulldog and met Dave , then I certainly wouldn't have the job that I have today. He introduced me to my current employer which led to a paid internship and ultimately permanent employment.
If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company—what would it be?
If there's one thing that I would change about Bulldog, it's that I would like to have had more financial planning knowledge use to build a complete individual investment portfolio. Sure, we know how to pick stocks, but I would like to know more about IRAs, 401(k)s, and other places to put my money. Even with the knowledge we've learned from Bulldog, putting everything in stocks isn't always the best thing to do.