The best part of the Bulldog Investment Company for me was the awareness of world events, both in the business world and in everyday life. Every meeting we would go over newsworthy events and do our best to think critically about the effect those events could have on the business world. We use this to try and avoid any risks associated with a business outside of their financial riskiness.
My least favorite part of Bulldog Investment Company was the week leading up to our presentations. We would end up reading all the time and adding little bits to the power point and tweeking and criticing all parts of our presentation, to the point where we would be exhausted. The presentations were a great part of the program because it taught us to present in a professional manner, speak in front of people, and think on our feet. There was a lot of preparation that went into the presentations, but it was worth it to put together a presentation that showed that we knew what we were talking about.
I would encourage any student with the opportunity to partipate in Bulldog Investment Company because it gives students the ability to use all the skills that they learn in business classes in a more realistic way. I learned things during my time with the program that helped me get ahead in the classes I was already taking. In fact, much of what I learned about valuing companies and analyzing a companies financial statements was more in depth on specific subjects than I was exposed to during most class assignments. The in depth skills learned paired with the ability to present in front of people should make it apparent that this is an opportunity that will help students develop into successful people.
The presentations in front of Mr. Sather and the board of executives was the most beneficial real world experience that I got out of this program. The entire program forces students to act as though they are in a real world scenario which includes working outside of designated times, keeping up with current events, and applying accountability for missed opportunities or mistakes made. The presentations were the most beneficial because they made all students work on the tasks mentioned earlier, and face criticism from knowledgable experts in the field of investing who are looking for mistakes and flaws in the presentation itself or the reasoning behind decisions. As students we needed to be able to stand up and take the criticism and figure out how to respond in an appropriate and constructive manner.
This answer could go on forever but I’ll try to keep it short. I loved so many things about Bulldog Investment Company, especially the friendships (with my classmates and all of Sather Financial), being able to compete at TIPS, getting to go to Berkshire Hathaway’s shareholder meeting, and hearing many other great investors speak. But ultimately, the greatest thing about BIC was all of the valuable knowledge I received. I learned so much about investing, reading financial statements, and many other useful skills.
The meetings felt repetitive at times, but I know that was because we would have new interns and Dave did a good job of trying to catch them up to speed.
Also, I wish that we had more time to research companies. Every student has a full course load, extracurricular activities, and then BIC on top of that, so students just get too busy. But (with the exception of the BIC challenge) it just felt like most people didn’t have enough time to do everything that’s necessary for a great presentation and that could be disappointing at times.
I’ve always been confused by why all finance majors at TLU aren’t in BIC. It’s a great way to supplement your education with real world learning and hands-on investing experience. BIC was by far one of the greatest experiences of my college career. It’s very much worth giving up your early Friday afternoons.
The financial knowledge, professionalism, and presentation skills that you get from BIC are things that will benefit you in any job for the rest of your life.
Being able to interpret financial statements and analyze a company will always serve you well in the “real world”. Also, Dave taught us how to be professionals by doing things such as adhering to the “24 hour e-mail rule”. I was an average public speaker at best whenever I joined BIC. But after countless presentations where I was grilled by Dave and other board members, I became very strong and confident as a presenter.
Most of my fellow interns know that I was never a fan of the “Good Company vs. Bad Company” segment of the BIC meetings. I felt that in its current form it didn’t provide much value for anyone that’s ever done it more than once. But I think it is a good starting point for something that could be an extremely valuable tool. If the financials were accompanied with valuation ratios and it was “Good investment vs. Too expensive investment”, “Good investment vs. Below average investment”, or “Good investment vs. Value trap”, then I think it would be the most worthwhile segment in BIC meetings, although it would be more time consuming.
Being able to manage our own portfolio and make decisions based on our own research was cool.
Sometimes after a long week I would be tired and the long two hour class would be hard to take.
They can gain a lot of knowledge and skills in speaking and presenting as well as finance.
We talked a lot about stuff no one really talks to students about and it opened my eyes to what to expect after I graduate.
Changing it to sometime earlier in the week so it wouldn’t be on Friday afternoons.
My favorite thing about BIC was the culture. On Friday afternoons, we were not young undergraduates at a small university – we were investors. We made decisions with financial consequences based on research we conducted. From Dave to every intern in BIC – we had a sense that what we did was worth doing and was being done well. Which leads me to my next favorite thing about BIC, I loved competing at the Texas Investment Portfolio Symposium. It was a chance to prove what we already believed. Plus I was able to compete with a great group of people.
The meetings could be repetitive at times; however, I understand I was in BIC longer than almost anyone else – so that could be a byproduct of that. I really liked when we could learn about news and change happening in the world.
It makes you more informed. It makes you a smarter investor for tomorrow and challenges you while doing so.
The presentations of investment ideas and the practicing for TIPS. A lot was expected from us in both those cases – every one of us got pushed a little more than he/she would have wanted but I understand expectations only go up from here.
I think periodically, maybe once a semester – we should make an investment presentation about the portfolio. Force the two teams to directly compete as they rank valuations of our portfolio. Teams would place what they thought was the best investment as one and rank downward to the worst investment at that time. This would force the teams to answer questions about sizing and opportunity cost as well be fully prepared to justify their decisions to the board which means they would have to have a good deal of familiarity with even older investments.
What I like most about BIC was learning about all that goes into looking at company to invest in. It’s more than just which soda brand you like most. In fact, that sense of emotional constancy has helped greatly in my job.
My least favorite part of BIC was the research aspect. At times I felt left out and just given a task instead of being a part of the group.
Current students should participate in BIC because even if you aren’t a finance or accounting major, you will have speak in front of groups. You will have to work as a team. You will work with people who aren’t your favorites. When you get a career and are offered a retirement plan that includes investments it is helpful to have some idea what company’s look like and how to read their financials-even if you don’t know what each and every line means.
While BIC hasn’t directly gotten me into grad school or my job, there are important things I learned that I apply daily.
1) If you’re going to make a claim-stick with it!! The confidence in your tone takes you so far!! Whether speaking to clients, students or friends.
2) Working in a team is a part of life. Few careers allow you to work in a bubble. At some point you will do it. Practice the people/research skills now-they will come in handy!Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
If I could change anything about BIC I would make it mandatory that all students take the class for credit. You learn so much about working with others and personal investments.
My fellow interns were my absolute favorite part of my time in BIC. A few of them are some of my closest friends now, and I would not have had the opportunity to know them without my participation in the program. I have many memories and stories from our time spent together over the 2 years I was a member.
The questioning after every presentation. I know the intent was to ensure we did all the appropriate research and analysis on the company we were presenting, but it was inevitably the most stressful part of the presentation.
There are several reasons I think students should participate, the first being presentation skills. I became a decent presenter because of practice through class presentations and criticism from Dave. My experience also made other classes significantly easier as I applied class concepts when analyzing companies, and I became comfortable speaking in front of my classmates, professors and professionals. I learned a lot about investing, the business world and myself from being involved in the program. If you want to, you can learn a lot about the industry. Additionally, as I previously mentioned, students have the opportunity to become friends with various individuals. BIC is an opportunity to find a niche in the business department and separate yourself from other students, at TLU and from other universities. There are a lot of opportunities in BIC to set yourself apart and to improve as a young professional -- learn about investing and business, hear noteworthy presenters, apply class concepts, present to professionals, compete against other universities and your classmates, make a new set of friends, etc. -- students can get as much out of BIC as they are willing to put in. Also, Dave and the other individuals who run BIC genuinely care about students at TLU, and will do whatever they can to help you as a student.
My experience in BIC prepared me professionally for presentations, and how to positively use criticism. Dave also offered quite a bit of “real world” advice ranging from debt and finances to marriage and balancing work with your personal life. For me, BIC provided the practical side of my business education at TLU.
I did not head to the workforce after graduation, but I was accepted into 4 law schools and I partially attribute this to my time in BIC. Furthermore, the SMU Admissions Committee expressed interest in my participation in BIC as one of my primary qualifications-especially the Investment Challenge.
I would move class to before lunch on Friday’s—the timing is difficult for individuals wanting to travel or do anything else—but obviously it isn’t that difficult to make class because many students faithfully do every week.
My favorite part of BIC was how it tied together all of the classes I had already taken and was currently taking for my major. It made every concept much more understandable because everything we did was so “real life”.
The learning curve was so incredibly steep. If I didn’t understand something, sometimes it could be embarrassing to ask for help. However, if you keep after it you climb the learning curve and concepts that were once foreign become much more comfortable.
BIC teaches you to have a different level of engagement in your studies, whether you are a business major or not. Having this type of approach to anything can only help students to differentiate themselves from the so called “herd” and truly have a deeper level of understanding in everything they do.
Dave pulls no punches. Very rarely can you find an individual who invests so much personally into every student and is so honest with the intent being growth. Dave treated me like an adult and was always willing to give me advice or encouragement if I needed it, but he had very definite expectations for my work as well.
I would prefer that Dave spend some time every semester to refresh theories and equations. Some of the students are younger and haven’t necessarily taken all of the classes that the older students have, not to mention the students that are not business majors and have never taken a business class. Besides- it never hurts to refresh.
What I liked most about Bulldog was the willingness except free flowing ideas. As a member of Bulldog, I found ideas were crucial to developing an investment thesis.
Current students should participate in Bulldog because it’s provides the most “real world” experience available in a academic setting. You need to bring your “A Game” every Friday afternoon if you want to hang with the pack!
Two things pertaining to real world preparation and Bulldog. I learned how to be an effective presenter and demonstrate resilience. 45min presentations aren’t for the weary – one must be ready to pitch an idea at all times. Resilience was developed by losing a couple presentations and having fortitude to get back up and develop, present and support another idea.
Bulldog helped me obtain a job by using and demonstrating financial analysis and industry knowledge while interviewing. It didn’t hurt to interject that we ran with the big boys at Texas Investment Symposium.
I would recommend Bulldog demand a written summary from every team member detailing strengths, weaknesses, and solutions for every investment. Writing is very important in finance and we didn’t do much of that in Bulldog.
I appreciated the atmosphere of Bulldog Investment Company. It encouraged team work and provided a supportive environment for me to improve my communication and critical thinking skills.
I did not enjoy watching videos that were longer than five minutes. I felt like they took away from the discussion because they took up so much time and were hard to focus on.
Joining Bulldog Investment Company was the best decision I made while at TLU. Students who want to be challenged should join to significantly improve their presentation skills, learn how to read and critically think about various businesses and industries, and to be around others that will continuously challenge them to think differently.
Bulldog Investment Company has helped me consider and prioritize aspects of my life that I wouldn’t have planned ahead for. This includes avoiding unnecessary expenses and planning ahead for retirement.
Bulldog Investment Company has given me the tools to analyze various problems and the confidence to voice my understanding and solutions. This has helped me complete tasks and communicate my findings.
What I liked best about my time with Bulldog Investment Company was Dave holding not only myself, but everyone in the program accountable to be well informed and prepared for every meeting. Friday afternoons were my favorite time of the week while at TLU because that was the time we held our meetings. The program gave me the opportunity to polish my presentation skills, and the ability to identify a good company from a bad company.
What I liked least about my time with Bulldog were the sleepless nights trying to piece together a presentation with my group members, but I honestly enjoyed those nights.
Current students should participate in Bulldog for the opportunity to gain valuable skills for business, critical thinking, research, professional speaking, and financial investment knowledge. Besides learning these great qualities, when joining Bulldog Investment Company, a student is surrounding him or herself with like minded mentors and classmates who all push each other for further success.
The constant preparation, communication, and research demanded to be successful in this program is what prepared for the “real world.” Being held accountable to meet a deadline, and not only meeting a deadline, but over delivering while meeting the deadline.
My time spent with the Bulldog Investment Program helped me obtain a job by helping me develop a refined sense of professionalism. By critiquing my presentation skills, helping me become a better critical thinker, and never asking a question without first attempting to solve the question myself.
If I had all the power in the world to make a change to the Bulldog Investment Company, I wouldn’t. Bulldog is structured incredibly well and is so unique it’s own way. I just wish I could attend every Friday meeting forever.
I liked the sense of working together as a team the most— more than the individual teams, but the group as a whole. While Bulldog Investment Company is somewhat to be considered a class like any other, it varies from a typical class environment in many ways because of this team atmosphere. Everyone begins to know what to expect from one another, and this makes for a more conducive setting for learning. This was also shown in the leadership of the program. I never felt so unworthy or insignificant that I couldn’t approach you or anyone else from Sather Financial with a question or concern.
Quite frankly, the time commitment was the aspect I liked least. However, I believe there is very little that can be done or should be done about this. BIC requires persistent and continual commitment.. I could say I least liked the significant learning curve, but this can be combatted with time. I could say I least liked staying up until 2:00am with my team every night during presentation week, but again this is a matter of time. With other significant commitments, BIC is very difficult— some work through this, others don’t.
Current students should participate in BIC because they will make valuable connections with peers they otherwise may not have met, and have a tiny peek into the real world before they are forced into it.
BIC helped prepare me in many ways for the real world. I learned a lot about time management through individual and group work. I learned about the benefits of working within a team and working with each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I learned to “question everything” and always do your own research rather than taking everything at face value. And of course, as I will be working within the accounting profession someday, I know the financial statement analysis will be an invaluable help to me.
I was fortunate enough to be in the accounting program at Texas Lutheran University, where several outside accounting firms come to meet us, so my job search went relatively smoothly and simply. However, my experience in BIC helped me give more meaningful answers to the interviewers’ questions about experience and knowledge which I am grateful for.
I would put BIC into its own little wardrobe world, so that you might step into it and have all the time in the world to totally immerse yourself and have access to any number of resources, and then step back into reality where no time has passed at all.
a. I really liked how BIC transformed into more of a portfolio management class rather than just solely a data analytics class.
b. I also liked the presentations. While they were extremely difficult to put together (in preparing for the material and dealing with your teammates), they really prepared me for EVERY other class I stepped foot in after that.
c. Also, you just made if fun. After the huge learning curve at the beginning (and after I learned to laugh at myself) I genuinely enjoyed coming to class because I knew we were going to laugh some and learn at the same time.
The thing I liked the least about BIC was the huge learning curve at the beginning. It made it difficult to stay engaged when you didn’t always know what was being discussed. But I think the one hour before the normal class for the newer students helped with that issue.
a. I don’t know if these points would market to the current students, but I’m glad I joined because it taught me how to invest on my own once I left TLU. I know I learned things in other classes that I’ll take with me outside of TLU, but nothing that will impact my life as much as investing will.
b. Current students should join BIC if they want to get ahead in their classes and ahead of their classmates. BIC translated through all of my classes and I knew about some things before my classmates did. It also didn’t hurt that BIC kept me up to date on current events.
I think the “current events” section of BIC prepared me most for the real world. It wasn’t always numbers in BIC and when it wasn’t numbers there was a lot of good advice about things most of us don’t experience in college but will come in handy once we graduate.
I think the presentations actually played a huge part in preparing me for interviews because in a way the question section of our presentations was one long scary interview. Also I know for a fact, the knowledge I gained from analyzing financials played a huge role in getting me my internship in DC with the PCAOB because in my interview they mainly focused on what I did in BIC.
I think BIC is already amazing as is, I just wish there were some end goals we could shoot for. I don’t really know what that would be, but I think it’d be cool to set goals and reach them by the time you.
liked the fact that the internship felt nothing like a class. Everyday I showed up feeling like I was in a meeting at work. In majority of the meetings, Dave (our mentor) made sure that everyone had their opinion expressed. I never felt like I was being lectured as if I were in a college class. I also very much appreciated the fact that the internship was an opportunity to make real mistakes while also experiencing the rewards of utilizing what we learned in the program. Because of Bulldog Investment Co., my presentation skills, critical thinking skills and overall effectiveness as a member of society have excelled far beyond what I could have wished for.
Bulldog Investment Co. does take a certain level of focus and dedication to do well in the program. Furthermore, the program has grown into something that requires more effort from the students who participate in it. I believe that my least favorite part about being in the program was the first semester or two where I simply was not understanding what was going on. A lot of that came from the complexity of the program but also from the fact that there is no real “beginning” or “end” to the class – you really just come in to the program wherever the other interns are at and so it may be a little misleading to some newer interns. However, if you are reading this as a prospective student thinking about joining BIC, please do not let this mislead you – you WILL learn so very much from this program that you cannot get elsewhere.
Current students should participate in Bulldog Investment Co. for many reasons. If you are a business student, you are required to take finance courses and while those courses are useful – they are very “by the textbook”. Bulldog Investment Co. provides a different way of learning about finance and accounting, in a way that seems practical and realistic instead of theoretical. While the program prides itself in teaching students about the interpretation of financial statements, it is also a great way to improve presentation skills. When presenting to the Board of professional investors, members will be challenged with questions that require critical thinking and reasoning.
Several aspects from Bulldog Investment Co. prepared me for the “real world” because of the fact that it teaches you to research anything and everything before making decisions. This could be in the investment sense or even coming down to buying a house or car. Furthermore, the backbone of the program is based off of Warren Buffett’s style of investing, which is value-investing. This type of investing requires that we buy investments at below-market prices (meaning a discount). Because we have this value-investing mindset hammered into us, I will always make mindful decisions of whatever I buy in life as I will always be thinking about opportunity costs.
BIC has influenced me in so many ways that I can use in any profession I chose. Although I am running my own business now and didn’t necessarily use BIC for a resume, I have been able to use it for many other aspects of professionalism; such as being able to answer questions that customers have with poise and thoughtful answers, while also being polite. Because of Dave and the rest of the team, I am forever grateful and have learned so much through them.
If I had all the power in the world to change Bulldog Investment Co. I would have wished for more presentations made in front of the school or even at other schools. I know that there was T.I.P.S when I was in my first year of BIC but we never did that competition again (primarily because of lack of commitment) but I wish that I could have participated in that before I graduated.
I enjoyed the classroom setting, and the many skills that we learned. The classroom setting was very fun as it was humorous, and we learned about many current events that were important. Additionally, the skills that we learned have had a huge impact on my life. I apply what I have learned from Bulldog everyday even from the simplest of lessons, like show up early to work, and be the last to leave.
I least liked the days where we would watch a long 60 minutes episode. As I felt we could read a shorter article on the same topic, or list out the facts and draw the same conclusions. Also, another dislike is how people were assigned companies to follow, but never would follow them.
Current students should participate because this is one of the best opportunities a college student can find anywhere in the country. Bulldog Investment Company allows students to learn from one of the best investors in the world. Not only do we learn investing skills, which will impact us for the rest of our life. We also learn real world skills that are extremely important. I was taught better communication, presentation, and critical thinking skills. Those skills are something every student needs to improve upon in order to differentiate ourselves from other students. Also, I know nobody has something better to do on a Friday early afternoon than to improve themselves.
BIC prepared me for the real world by making us work in teams, and by allowing us to understand financials better. Working in a team when a presentation is due is quite a challenge especially when you are a group leader. Learning to manage others and break out responsibilities is like managing someone at work. It teaches one how to push different personalities in different ways. Also, learning to read financials had a huge impact in the classroom, my personal investing and life especially as I take sections of the CPA. It has made every financial ratio on a CPA test seem like reading a Dr. Seuss book.
BIC helped me obtain a job as it was a very important line on my resume. In every interview I was asked what the Bulldog Investment Company was. When I told the interviewer what it was, they were all extremely impressed, and it made a huge difference when they compared me to other students. They realized it took commitment, teamwork, and intelligence which is what every employer looks for.
If I had all the power to change one thing, I would want to learn more about individual investing once we get out of college. I understand many aspects of investing when it comes to individual stock picking. However, as a public accountant individual stock picking may cause independence issues. Therefore, I would have enjoyed learning more about how to set up my 401k, how to plan for kids colleges, and how to use a roth IRA etc. Many skills that will be important to students immediately out of college.
I became close friends with other smart, hard-working individuals. I also really enjoyed touring different businesses like Holt Caterpillar and Amy’s Ice Cream.
Sometimes, it was difficult to balance school, BIC, band, and orchestra. However, even though it was challenging and stressful at times, I learned how to manage my time. The hard work was definitely worth it though because I learned so many things that weren’t covered in any other classes.
You have the opportunity to learn so much more than you would ever learn in regular classes. Everything you learn in BIC can be applied to the real world. It will set you apart from other students, and the knowledge and practical experience you gain will give you an edge in the job hunt and once you start working.
My presentation skills improved tremendously, and I learned how to analyze and interpret data. BIC taught me how to defend ideas, and I became more comfortable and confident in my presentation and analytical skills. I also learned how to work on a team. The concepts I learned in BIC made a difference on the CPA exam as well.
Almost all of the accounting firms asked me about it during interview season. Most schools lack undergraduate programs like BIC. BIC stood out on my resume and gave me a unique skill-set.
Since there is such a steep learning curve, I think that it would be a good idea to walk through each part of a presentation as a class every semester. Also, the investment theses behind each company in our portfolio should be explained to the new members.
I really enjoyed making the presentations and the presenting them.
I sometimes it felt like a lot of added work, especially with the amount of work I was putting in for my grad program.
Having an understanding of financial statements is critical to success in the business world.
Being able to make presentations, presentation skills, and understanding financial statements.
Well Dave hired me for 7 months and that helped me immensely with the transition from college student to boring adult. The skills I talked about in question 4 are what helped me secure my internship with Disney.
That the judging of presentations was a little less arbitrary. There should probably be a rubric that explains how each part of the presentation is weighted.
The ability to learn in a nontraditional classroom setting and the opportunity to see actual results based on the decisions made.
No negatives. If I wouldn't have had my priorities straight, then I would have been upset about class being on Friday's, but the company was better than any happy hour.
The knowledge learned in this class is not one that could be learned within a class that you sign up for with the registrar. BIC will help you understand companies much deeper than any news release/article, and that understanding benefits you way beyond investing.
BIC has allowed me to make decisions about investing and financial planning for my personal finances, and allows me to do the same for my friends and family (without pay of course).
BIC taught me how to determine the financial health of any publicly traded company. This allowed me to have insights on the companies that I applied for far beyond any competition. Showing this knowledge will make you a very attractive applicant regardless of the position that you're applying for.
1. It would have been great to have a class on Financial Planning, I feel that is a career path that is under emphasized in college. Maybe Nate and Jon could come on other weekdays and train students for the CFP Exam. Their time in BIC could be considered as part of the years required to work under practicing CFP's.
2. I know Dave can't hire all the students, and not all would be a great fit for SFG, but it would be neat to see if Dave could use his network to bring opportunities to students who want a career in the work we do in BIC (not saying that he doesn't do that already).
I love the family environment the leaders of Bulldog created. Dave did a really good job at nurturing while at the same time correcting students in their growth towards investing education. This is a very unique program that develops you to be a successful person in business, relationships, and overall communication situations.
It's overwhelming at first. When I first attended BIC, I felt like the dumbest person in the room (which I was). It sort of like jumping into a 100 meter run sprint without even warming up just to find out it's a marathon. Through the grace and compassion that BIC offers, I started catching up with my peers and was able to collaborate with my colleagues to contribute to the BIC portfolio.
It will not only set you up for success in your future classes but in your professional career too. You will be pushed like you never have before but the GREAT thing is that your surrounded by people who want to see you succeed. It teaches you how to work in a team and be held accountable to pull your own weight.
I can communicate very well because of ALL of the interaction that goes on in the class. Presentations are nerve wracking at first but after a while, your colleagues and leaders push you to overcome that fear and prosper. It's truly an amazing program. I would recommend to anybody.
Being part of the BIC organization allowed me to develop confidence in my abilities that I have and one's that I didn't know I had. I can honestly say that any interview I was asked to part take in felt like a walk in the park. BIC taught me how to over prepare for any situation in life and It is always better to be over prepared then underprepared.
I would to try change Dave's haircuts. He seems like a smart guy but there's something about that cut that throws you off. I would stop JZ from asking complicated questions that challenge me because that man can read people like a book. I wouldn't change anything about Nate. I like Nate :)
The teamwork aspect, I feel it helps in preparing students for life in work force after graduation. Anybody can conduct analysis on their own and draw their own conclusions, but when working with 4 or 5 people, opinions can vary about things as little as colors on a slide deck to setting fair value estimates. Being able to apply academic concepts in a team environment while learning the soft skills needed to optimize a team’s efforts was certainly the most important thing I learned.
The portfolio management side was a bit of a drag. Getting ideas proposed over email and voting over email was a hassle and I feel that more often than not, people would simply go with what was being proposed rather than conduct their own due diligence.
There are many reasons but the top three are:
1. Being able to apply business academic concepts in a team environment is an excellent way to expose students to environments in the work force.
2. Having an opportunity to actively manage large portfolios is a great experience and teaches you to be honest with yourself and your peers. It forces you to ensure you do your due diligence before making decisions or proposing ideas.
3. The research side allows for exposure to many different sectors and industries of the modern economic system and helps students both understand the economic/business fundamentals that drive those firms and also which industries/firms they find appealing for careers after graduation.
All of it. Outside of an internship for a firm, BIC is one of the best ways for students to expose themselves to the breadth of skills and attributes needed to navigate the world post-graduation.
When going through interviews, I found it interesting that I was not once asked about my degrees. I was instead asked about BIC and other work experience and how I was able to actually apply academic concepts and more importantly, how I was able to effectively communicate and handle a business environment. The interviewers did not really care about the various high level concepts taught in my degree plans, but cared about how I have practically applied some of the concepts in a real world environment.
Finding a better way to balance the portfolio management side of the program and a bit more structure in educating new members.
I think the program has the research and presentation process set up well but things can be less structured when moving to portfolio management. It can be difficult to get ideas going and voting through email is a pain as it seems people tend to go with what is being proposed out of simplicity rather than doing their own due diligence. As for new members, I feel having a more structured set of guidelines and layout of what to learn, in what order, and where to go for data/insight could be streamlined a bit.