James Blakeway

Class Year



Oxford, England


Economics, Finance

Sometimes the best lessons are the ones you learn outside the classroom. For James Blakeway, an economics and finance double major from Oxford, England, internships and travel have played a big role in his undergraduate education. 

First, he headed for Schaumburg, Ill., for an internship with Cintas, a corporation that provides specialized services to businesses throughout the world. “I assisted them on a variety of projects that otherwise would have taken them quite some time to complete,” James said.

Then he headed to Guangzhou, China, for a summer internship with Star Group, a Chinese rubber parts manufacturer. He learned about that opportunity from business professor Joe Wall and the Carthage Business Department. “It really made me think about China in the global economy setting and how they are competing with western companies,” he said. James even stayed with the owner and CEO of the company.

He also traveled to Ireland during January Term 2012 with Prof. Wall and Professor David Schlichting. “I learned a great deal about the culture and started to understand more about the historical clashes between the Irish and my people (the English),” he says.

Yet James also prizes the time he spent in the classroom. Studying economics and finance at Carthage has allowed James to work with professors in a small classroom setting. “The faculty in the Business Department constantly interact with the students, helping with student organizations and assisting with internship placements,” he said.

In the future, he’d like to work in the financial field for a few years and then return to school to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree.  

“The faculty in the Business Department are constantly interacting with the students, helping with student organizations and assisting with internship placements.”

James Blakeway, ’13

Career goal

“To become a corporate or financial lawyer.”

How have Carthage faculty had an impact on your life or Carthage career?

“My favorite professor is Joe Wall. He has been a great advisor both in and out of the classroom, and he has opened my eyes to internship opportunities.”

Favorite class

“My favorite class was Financial Management because it was the first finance-specific course I took and solidified my liking for finance as a hybrid between economics and accounting.”

Campus involvement

“I am currently the director of communications for Carthage College SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise). I am vice president of Carthage’s Finance and Investment Club. Finally, I am an account executive in Velocity Consulting here on campus.” 

Toughest class

“My toughest class was probably Econometrics. I had taken statistics before, but it pushed those skills to new limits and tied it into my economics studies.” 

Favorite moments and memories at Carthage

“Competing with SIFE in Chicago and in Kansas City. Also, just working with so many great people in the classroom and in the student organizations.”

Favorite spot on campus

“Probably Starbucks. There have been countless times where I have needed to catch up with someone or ask somebody something and been about to write an email, just to see them walk by at that moment. That’s what makes being in such a tight community on this campus so special.”

Why should other students consider your major? What advice do you have for them?

“To those doing a business major, make sure to diversity and have another major or minor. Additionally, specializing is so easy at Carthage by adding on that second major or a minor in another business area.”