Opportunity. It’s what drew Leah Brindley to Creighton and it’s what has allowed her to explore life outside of the university as well.
A trading room with 12 Bloomberg terminals and a scrolling ticker. Experiential learning experience like Portfolio Practicum and Creighton Business Symposium. A Career Center linking students to thousands of internship. Opportunity. “When I toured Creighton, the thing that struck me the most about it were the numerous opportunities I would have as a student,” the Minnesota native recalls.
In Omaha, Brindley worked for State Farm as a marketing intern her sophomore year and then later at Dundee Venture Capital. She credits Jeremy Fisher at the Career Center for connecting her with these experiences. “Not many other schools have someone like Jeremy Fisher who helps bring students and professionals together in such a cohesive and efficient way,” she states.
After those great experiences she decided to branch out and landed a position as an economics intern with Deutsche Bank in London, England. She found the internship through the Boston University London Internship Program and initially interviewed for a position with Deutsche via phone and questionnaires. Once she arrived in London for a study abroad semester, she formally interviewed with the bank. She felt the exposure working for a well-known, international company would offer her a unique perspective that would serve her well in future internships and jobs.
Working in London was exciting. Says Brindley: “London is the most diverse city in the world, and that showed in the office. I had Canadian, Indian and American coworkers, as well as the people we often had conference calls with in Germany, Japan and Brazil. I was able to be part of an office that seamlessly blended the working cultures of several countries.”
But differences were still evident: the famed British reserve, for instance. “People in the office were always very polite but mostly kept to themselves and were concerned with focusing on their work,” says Brindley. “In American offices there is often quite a bit of conversation happening back and forth between coworkers who often consider each other friends, but in London most people prefer to remain strictly as coworkers. The workplace environment was the biggest difference for me.”
Since high school, Brindley wanted to study abroad. She saw her time at Deutsche Bank as a chance to “test drive” working and living in a foreign country: “I felt it would give me great exposure to international business and economics and would give me an advantage if I end up working for a company that has offices in several companies.”
It was also a time to explore academic pursuits outside of Creighton’s classrooms. Stepping away from Creighton, she believes, allowed her to appreciate what she had learned at the Heider College of Business.