We have gained some valuable experiences by joining the CARDO TCP program with Ford and Yuanta Funds. Right from the start of our first class with Ford, we valued the viewpoints senior managers who shared their experiences, linking us to the practical work of the company. They gave the students the opportunity to participate by brainstorming a real case study related to Ford’s supply chain management. Two classes were hosted at Ford in Chongli, and both trips were unforgettable. The factory tour to observe the whole production line, which includes both labor and automation, was eye opening. We found that Ford emphasizes employee safety and pays close attention to small details. To give a lecture on inventory management more explicitly, the senior managers came up with some interactive games to describe how the department works. These activities helped us both to learn and to relate the information gained to real company scenarios.
From the classes Ford had designed for TCP students, we observed how much effort Ford had put into the program to benefit the students. Not only did we learn theories of supply chain management and quality control, we also had the opportunity to put the theories to use by analyzing case studies Ford provided for us. The core values that Ford emphasizes, including personal relationships between employees and customers and community involvement, have broadened our understanding of local companies like Ford.
As to the experience with Yuanta Funds, the company not only provided a well-planned training, but also invited speakers who have experience in financial investment to share their practical experience and professional knowledge development. During the training, we were taught by several managers from stock or bond investing departments and who shared some of their fundamental investment analysis methods and observations regarding current market trends. Moreover, we were given the chance in our last class to create a final report and present it to GM, including top managers from different departments. During the discussion, Yuanta Funds assigned one mentor to each team as advisors. We were given valuable suggestions from GM and top managers after presenting our final report. We will not forget what we learned from the program. We really appreciate all the managers and HR from Yuanta Funds, Ford and CARDO from College of Management for providing this opportunity, as well as a useful platform for students to learn practical industry knowledge.