Bravo, Jacob


From: Sugar Land, TX
Employer: Avison Young


Major, Degree:

Information Systems, BS

Graduation: Spring 2014
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 What did you like least about your time in Bulldog Investment Company?

 During my time in BIC, watching 20-30 minute videos was my least favorite. Although these videos often contained valuable lessons or strategies, I felt that they could have significantly shortened while still conveying the same knowledge. I would have much rather spent more time on interpreting financial statements or discussing option strategies or other valuable analysis information.


Why should current students participate in Bulldog Investment Company?

Current students should participate in BIC because it is a life augmenting experience. BIC can be challenging, stressful, frustrating, and confusing. However, it is highly rewarding because of all of the difficulties the program entails. When you finally begin to understand the language of financial statements, opportunity cost, and have the courage to present your findings in front of a board of industry professionals, it is extremely satisfying.


What aspects of Bulldog Investment Company prepared you for the "real world"?

BIC offered many aspects that prepared me for the "real world". Among the top of these many aspects would have to be team work, leadership, professional speaking, critical thinking, and stress. In BIC, you must learn to work cohesively with a group of other interns to successfully analyze a company and build a presentation for the company. Oftentimes, you will have to display significant leadership in this team environment to ensure the presentation is the level of quality expected by the board. BIC offers an abundance of opportunities to practice and refine professional speaking skills. After each presentation, the board will ask the presenters questions regarding their presentation. These questions are often difficult or "beneath the surface" questions and they require a high level of quick critical thinking and preparation to answer correctly. Most of all, BIC teaches you how to manage stress and nerves. Throughout the entire process, interns are often short on time, manpower, and information. BIC teaches interns how to handle this stress and complete what needs to be done regardless of the circumstances.


How did Bulldog Investment Company help you obtain a job?


BIC not only provided me with many professional skills, such as writing emails, thank you letters, and professional speaking, it provided me with knowledge that will be beneficial in any company. This knowledge is the ability to read and interpret financial statements.



If you had all the power in the world to change anything about Bulldog Investment Company -- what would it be?


I would keep the same amount of presentations, but spread them out more within the school year. I understand that they are already spread out as much as they can be, but you said I have all the power in the world, right?