"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 opportunity 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."
"Being a part of Bulldog Investment Company, we had to give presentations in front of our Board of Directors and answer any questions they had at the end. I feel this forces the interns to make sure that everything we research and say is up-to-date, honest, and correct. We are responsible for researching a company so well that we feel confident that it will not hurt our portfolio. If we slack off, our returns suffer, which is something we take pride in. In addition, because we get the opportunity to meet so many different people, we learn the art of talking to people of all backgrounds as well as talking about ourselves and being comfortable in the process."
"You would be surprised how many people do not know to respond promptly to email. BIC taught me replying to emails within 24 hours really shows you care about your job."
“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.”
“I no longer fear interviews or presentations. I am confident in what I am talking about, and am able to back the research I did. I like entering conversations about the business world because I can relate and know what I'm talking about.”
“Being successful in the business world requires endurance. You are required to do the research, analyze the data and review the sources carefully in order to make a wise decision. Being part of the team that conducts monthly presentations requires leadership, communication, analytical and critical thinking skills that are required to be a successful businessman. Therefore, if you are efficient at the duties that are assigned to you, you are able to undergo the “real world” challenges.”
“This is important in the "real world" because if more than one company gives similar job offers you can differentiate between the more stable companies. This allows you increase your job security.”
“Besides being fired if you don’t do your work, Bulldog Investment Co allows students to apply their business knowledge, while challenging them to do so in a way that is understandable to all backgrounds. There is a winner and a loser in each presentation, which taught me that sometimes hard work leads to more hard work before the fruits of such labor can be tasted.”
“Well I am now in a job where I am doing many similar research techniques as I was in Bulldog Investment Co., so my “real world” preparation is obvious. Many interns will not work in the financial services industry, but they will still carry over with them the level of critical thinking when scrutinizing the media or financial reports of the companies they work for.”
“The professionalism during presentations, your treatment of us as employees, and the methods you used to gear our minds (instead of spoon feeding us the whole time).”
“It helped with interviewing as well as meeting and talking with business leaders in presentations throughout the program.”
-Andrew Kopecki, Founding Member
“You have to work hard and be willing to put in the time and effort to obtain your goals. You have to be smart and attentive in your work, and you can’t be afraid of making mistakes. Nothing will teach you faster than getting your hands dirty. Your bosses can and will grill you when there’s a mistake - and the presentations taught me this very well – but you’ve got to be willing to make some mistakes before you can really understand how the process works.”
“The stuff you learn in Bulldog can directly be used once you get out of college, get a job, and start saving for the future. Bulldog is a great start to learning how to put your savings to the best use possible.”
“In Bulldog Investment Company you learn a lot about the real world. Not only does the content discussed during the meetings teach you so much about what is going on around you, but you also greatly develop your presentation and team working skills. Since Bulldog involves working in teams, you learn to work better with others and become a team player, which is a skill that all organizations are looking for in their potential employees.”
“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.”
-Chris Gohmert, Founding Member
“Bulldog helped me open my eyes to the fact that we live in a competitive world and often I had to pursue my goals and yet get along with my teammates. This required me to balance my standards while learning to compromise and work together.”
“During 2011, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be part of Bulldog Investment Company. The most valuable assets of Bulldog Investment Company are its own people, the team members that exhibit the organizational values, and promote a positive team environment. While there, I gain a lot of experience in Value Investing field. My position there allowed me to explore different fields of Financial Analysis cycle especially analyzing companies per Buffett’s criteria. Starting from little exposure on preparing Financial Statements and researching for different project to presenting and competing as finial part of the project. In these projects I have worked and learned each and every day new things that I never learned before. The usage of different tools, translating financial outcomes and specifications into final decision, team collaboration and meeting the deadlines has been challenging and yet rewarding. It was really important for me to be able to take place in these projects, prepare them and lastly be able to present them in front of others. This experience makes huge difference on my future. Furthermore, the opportunities to meet different famous business leaders such as Mr. Jackman, the opportunity to attend Berkshire Hathaway shareholder annual meeting as well as meet countless other important people that may serve you as key professional connections in your near future. I am very glad that I have had the chance to be part of this internship program and I hope to continue contribute and be part of this wonderful company in the future.”
“There is a high standard that has been set for Bulldog interns. Interns are expected to be on time and in attendance. They are expected to be prepared every week and especially when it comes to presenting their potential investment ideas. Although weekly meetings are held in a TLU classroom, it is an internship and students are expected to behave as if Bulldog is their job. This gave me a job-like experience before a paycheck was on the line. I think Bulldog provides a great segue from the classroom environment, into the "real world." In a classroom, you can get away with missing class or not doing your work if you want to. No one is depending on you, you are only responsible for yourself and your grade. In Bulldog, you are part of a team that relies on all of its members to do their job. You are required to be there and do your part or you will be "fired" from the internship. There are high standards in Bulldog, but no more so than what every employer requires from their employees. These standards helped prepare me for life in the "real world."”
“Whether one intends to work on Wall St. or Main St., in a bank or in a laboratory, this internship teaches you firsthand about the time value of money, opportunity cost and financial responsibility; lessons that are critical if one intends to grow one's wealth."