Imagine trying to find a job without any real experience. That's the situation college graduates face every year, but the current economy makes it even more of a challenge. Business leaders shared insights Friday with Creighton business students.
More than 700 people participated in the fifth annual Creighton University Business Symposium at Qwest Center Omaha. It gave students a chance to network and learn from business executives.
Katie Wilka is a senior finance and economics major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She says her job search is becoming her top priority.
"This year I have more of a world perspective and I kind of know that it's crunch time. I really need to start focusing on what is going to get me a job come May."
A struggling economy and record job losses have some students wondering what opportunities will be available next spring after they graduate.
"It's going to be very hard for people my age to go out and get a job," said Paul Lee, a finance and marketing major from Omaha. "A lot of the finance jobs have kind of gone away. You've got a lot of people down in New York and all across the world losing jobs."
Anthony Hendrickson, the dean of Creighton’s School of Business, said students need to learn to be flexible in their job search.
"We hope that students would, while they're trained in a specific discipline, that they would realize that they are going out into the business world so they're not going to be just a marketing person or a finance person, an economist, an accountant, but they're a business person in the broader sense."
Hendrickson said even though times are tough everywhere right now, the Omaha area is doing better than many parts of the country.
Wilka hopes fresh talent will be in demand to help turn the economy around. "Kind of on the opposite side because of the crisis we're in right now, hopefully there'll be a need for people to kind of come in with a different perspective and hopefully bring in a breath of fresh air and hopefully get things turned around for the better."
The business syposium was planned and managed by Creighton business students.