Academics and athletics drew Sean Mathison to Creighton. He came to Creighton because of a tennis scholarship and because he believed it was “one of the finest learning institutions in the nation, with a strong tennis program, nationally ranked finance department and excellent alumni network.”
Yet, Creighton defies the adage that bigger is better, says Mathison. “I wanted to go to a smaller, private school where class size would be much more intimate, allowing me the ability to interact easily with students and professors.”
“What appealed to me most about the university was its commitment to students to succeed both academically and athletically,” adds the captain of the men’s varsity tennis team.
Mathison graduated with a double major in finance and entrepreneurship. He accepted a position with the retail powerhouse, Macy’s, in the company’s New York headquarters in July.
Mathison credits the internships he held while at Creighton and his Heider College of Business professors for his successful employment search. He interned at Renaissance Financial in Omaha during the spring semester of his junior year and at Nike, Inc., in Beaverton, Ore., the summer before his senior year.
“Having the opportunity to analyze stocks, bonds and mutual funds at Renaissance Financial stimulated my interest in financial analysis and in obtaining a career in the financial services sector,” explains Mathison. “While at Nike, I worked on a variety of projects, which helped in the systematic process of defining goals and establishing steps to achieve them. My experience within this Fortune 500 company sparked my passion for utilizing analysis in developing a strategic outlook on obtaining future goals.”
Networking also played a key role in his post-college employment. Says Mathison: “I learned about Macy’s product development position through networking with people in the industry and talking to them about my passions and interests.”
“I wanted, and Macy’s is providing me with, the opportunity to work in the private label side of Macy’s which will teach me product development, design and brand management. For me this is the perfect place to get a broad picture of retail and the apparel industry,” states Mathison.