When senior economics major, Brittany Clifton, joined the planning committee of the Creighton Business Symposium, little did she know her involvement would help secure post-graduate employment. But the connections she made with TD Ameritrade executives at the symposium did just that. Clifton has accepted a position with the company’s Emerging Talent Program.
“The Emerging Talent Program is a cross-functional, two-year rotational development program,” explains the Omaha native. “I will be exposed to various departments, including Planning and Analytics, Business Strategy and Analytics and Data Management, functioning as a business analyst. I will be analyzing various streams of data to identify opportunities within TD Ameritrade’s current processes.” She is looking forward to working with senior level executives and managers and the exposure the program will bring. She will not be limited to one department but rather gain proficiency in many of TD Ameritrade’s divisions.
Clifton feels that the experiences she has had at Creighton have prepared her for overall success. She cites leadership development through her involvement with the Creighton Business Symposium in 2013 and 2014. Through her service as an undergraduate manager at the Magic Homeless Clinic, she has grown as an individual who advocates change. Her coursework, which has challenged her to work independently and to collaborate, and membership in Pi Beta Phi fraternity for women have helped her develop intellectually. Lastly, Clifton feels her four years at Creighton have helped her develop professionally through her various internships.
During the summer of 2014 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 will serve her well in her job with TD Ameritrade.
Clifton learned about the job with TD Ameritrade on the Jobs4Jays site and from an email notification from the Career Center’s associate 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 allows 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 will be bittersweet. While she is excited to do what the Heider College of Business has prepared her to do, she is mindful of the value of her four undergraduate years. Says Clifton: “I am leaving Creighton with more than an understanding of business. I am leaving Creighton with a better understanding of the world and what we can accomplish as a society. Creighton is being more.”