Adam Kurkiewicz, '06 business economics
Research associate at Capital Market Consultants in Milwaukee

When I started looking at colleges, I originally planned on being a physical therapist or criminal justice major. Most of the colleges I looked at were state schools because of their specialties in these areas. The feeling I got when I visited these schools, though, did not compare with the positive vibes I got on the WLC campus.

I went to small grade and high schools, so I learned early on the benefits of being able to get closer to your professors and instructors. It was comforting to know that if I got lost on a certain topic during class and needed some extra help that I could directly contact the professor.

I also chose WLC because I had grown accustomed to going to school in a Christian environment, and that had become a top priority on my college screening process. Knowing that many of the people around you share your same faith is a wonderful feeling.

Throughout my first two years at WLC, I consistently leaned towards biology as a major and intended to become a physical therapist or athletic trainer. It was not until I took a few business classes, most notably my first class with Dr. Brian Jacobsen, that I changed my mind. He got me interested in finance, economics and investments, and I've never looked back.

I received a thorough education in all aspects of business at WLC, which has proven to be quite valuable already in my career. I am a research associate at Capital Market Consultants in Milwaukee's Third Ward. The firm acts as an outsourced investment research hub for banks, trust companies, law firms and financial advisors. They hire us to perform the investment analyses for their clients and make recommendations as to which funds their clients should invest. My position consists mainly of quantitative research on various investment products, but also includes creating marketing presentations, writing monthly economic commentaries for our clients, and even some web programming.

I couldn't have asked for a better full-time position directly out of college. The office I work in is small (10 employees), so I get a chance to let not only my finance skills shine, but I also get to utilize my economics, marketing, mathematics and management abilities.

I am also enrolled in the M.S. in applied economics program at Marquette University. I began the program in the fall of 2005 concurrently with my senior year at WLC, and plan to graduate in the fall of 2007. My specialization is in financial economics.

Additionally, I have begun the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program which consists of passing 3 different exams that are only offered once per year. The CFA designation is recognized worldwide and tests many different areas of knowledge in finance, accounting, economics and portfolio management.