Brittany didn’t realize running an event would help secure post-graduation employment. But the connections she made with TD Ameritrade executives while planning the Creighton Business Symposium did just that, and Clifton accepted a position with the company’s Emerging Talent Program prior to graduation. After completing the rotation, Clifton later earned a full time position as an internal analyst in the company’s Jersey City office.
“In The Emerging Talent Program I was exposed to various departments, including Planning and Analytics, Business Strategy and Analytics and Data Management, functioning as a business analyst. I analyzed various streams of data to identify opportunities within TD Ameritrade’s current processes.”
These skills afforded Clifton the opportunity to better understand TD Ameritrade’s processes and identify opportunities for growth and reengineering.
Clifton feels that the experiences she has had at Creighton prepared her for overall success. She cites leadership development through her two years of involvement with the Creighton Business Symposium. Through her service as an undergraduate manager at the Magic Homeless Clinic, she experienced growth as an individual who advocates change. Her coursework challenged her to work independently and to collaborate, and her membership in Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women helped her develop intellectually.
Prior to her positions at TD Ameritrade, Clifton was a claims solution intern at Lincoln Financial Group, a wealth management and financial services corporation. It was her first exposure to the corporate environment, and she learned she had an interest in analytics, a skill that attracted her to the job she has now.
Clifton learned about these opportunities on the Jobs4Jays (handshake) site and from the Career Center’s director, Jeremy Fisher, MBA PHR. To prepare for her interviews, she worked closely with the center’s career counselors. “I did various practice interviews that allowed me to reflect on my current strengths and weaknesses, along with what I could bring to the position,” says Clifton. She felt amply prepared for her initial phone interview and then the subsequent final rounds of interviews in Jersey City.
“I love personal reflection! Before interviews, I reflect upon my personal experiences, whether they stem from internships, leadership or volunteer work. I ask myself: ‘What did I learn?’, ‘How did I grow?’, ‘What were some challenges or things that went well?’ Asking myself those questions allowed me to learn more about who I am and what I am looking for in a professional career,” Clifton states. So the end result is not just a job but personal growth.
Leaving Creighton was bittersweet. While she is excited to be doing what the Heider College of Business prepared her to do, she is mindful of the value of her four undergraduate years. Says Clifton: “I left Creighton with more than an understanding of business. I left Creighton with a better understanding of the world and what we can accomplish as a society. Creighton is being more.”