Thursday, April 13, 2017

5 Tips from an Accounting Student/Alumni

Lucky for you, I am currently both!A little bit about myself, my name is Brittanie and I am a graduate student in the Master of Accounting program. I graduated with my BBA with a double concentration in Accounting and Finance from Anderson! During my undergrad program I was a part of ALPFA for two years, where I met so many amazing people. I also did two Summer internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco and will be moving there to start work full time this July. I hope I can give you some advice to help you be successful as well!

Graduation is coming up, for some of you it is the end of your school career, headed to the real world and for others, your journey continues! Either way, congratulations on your choice for success! I am going to give you 5 tips I have learned and experienced to hopefully, in some way,  help with your professional development!

Here we go!
1. Get your CPA license! I know most people say it is a choice, and don’t get me wrong, there are avenues you can take in accounting without it, but the options are usually much slimmer. There are huge benefits with getting these three letters behind your name, aside from showing how hard you worked to receive them. These include career development, career security, a wider array of options, and studies have shown CPA’s get paid more than non-CPA counterparts. The CPA is a highly respected global credential. It takes a lot hard work and dedication, but is absolutely worth it in the end!

2. Meet people, as many as you can! Make meaningful relationships, in school, at functions, with your professors, everywhere. I know for some of you the idea of this is not fun, trust me, I know. I was not good at this when I first started in Anderson, in fact, I was terrified, but like anything, practice makes perfect. Take the plunge and join one of the really great accounting organizations we have on campus. That is an amazing place to start.

3. Develop your soft skills! These are just as important as knowing the hard skills you acquire in class and work experience. When people think of accountants, they think cubicles and working independently with a calculator and your excel workbooks. This is so wrong! We are social creatures in every aspect, we collaborate, we talk to people, we have to get along with people and have positive attitudes! These skills are not taught. You have to go out and experience situations and other people, which is why this ties back to number 2. This will make you a better employee and you will enjoy your work environment more! Here is a website I found very helpful with these.

4. Do not panic! There are so many different avenues you can take when you are an accounting major. Picking one should be on your mind, but until you get a little bit of experience from an internship or take a class about your prospective choice, you are not going to know. When I first chose accounting, I was dead set on being an auditor. Wow was I mistaken! I got some experience in tax and love it. You just have to find your niche. Another great thing, nothing is set in stone most of the time. Did you know that as the millennial generation, most of us will have around four job changes by the time we are 32? Maybe more!

5. Get work experience! Be proactive on campus, especially in accounting organizations. In any field really, you should get some work experience when you are still in school. Organizations on campus usually have great connections with firms and companies around town and even out of state. I did two internships out of state for two summers and it was one of the best experiences I could have asked for. After I did these I knew I was making the right choice in accounting and I found my niche.

These are my top 5 tips! There are many ways to become a successful accounting student which leads to being a successful accountant! You can do it! I believe in you! I am active on campus and would love to talk to students, graduating or not, about your future career! Best of luck to all of you.  

Don’t forget to contact Career Services at 277-3290 for help in polishing your professional materials!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Career Services & Community Events

CIA Career Week
General Information session:
April 3rd at 5:00pm in Career Services Conference room UAEC Bldg. 85, room 220
STEM, Computer Science, Cyber Security and Data Science majors information session:
April 4th at 4:00pm in Centennial Engineering Building, room 2080.
Intro to the CIA workshop:
April 4th at 6:00pm in Career Services Conference room UAEC Bldg. 85, room 220. Students are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to event.

Presbyterian Information Technologies Services Summer Internship Information Session
April 4th from 3:30pm-5:00pm in Graduate School of Management building (GSM), room 302

Cyber Coercion: Transforming War
April 6th 12:00pm-1:30pm at RWJF Center for Health Policy located near Anderson School of Management at 1909 Las Lomas NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Refreshments will be provided.

Second Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Workshop, A Business Start-Up Conference
April 7th and 8th at New Mexico Tech in the Fidel Center, 3rd floor Socorro, New Mexico
Two days devoted to creativity and personal success. An event for facilitating the progression of ideas from conception to market.

“The Entrepreneurial Journey”
April 11th from 11:00am-1:15pm in the Student Union Building - Ballroom A
UNM Small Business Institute is launching a series of free quarterly “Lunch With Leaders” panel discussions focusing on topics of interest to the local business community.
Register today:

Donuts & Resumes with Office of Career Services
Tuesday, April 11th 9am-3pm at the Office of Career Services  (UAEC Room 220, Building 85 on campus map)

The Art of Introduction
Tuesday, April 11th 3pm-4pm at the Office of Career Services Conference room (UAEC Room 220, Building 85 on campus map)

UNM Student Job & Internship Fair
April 12th from 10:00am to 2:00pm in UNM Student Union ballrooms
Employers will be recruiting for full-time and part-time jobs and internships.  Employers are welcome to promote any/all of their job opportunities to our students and alumni at this event.

Sandia National Laboratories Business Information Session
April 19th 3:30pm-4:30pm in Graduate School of Management (GSM), room 318.
Register today:

CFA Society New Mexico presents “The Future of Finance: Replaced by Robots: A March Toward Obsolescence?”
April 26th from 11:45am-1:15pm in the Student Union Building, room Fiesta A/B

April Internship Opportunities

Christus St. Vincent Medical Group
Career Track Coordinator Internship
To Apply: Anyone interested should send their resume to Candi Jones, Director of Central Services at  for consideration.

Student Interns/Volunteers
To Apply: Interested Students may contact Leba Leba Freed, President at

Sumer Intern-MBA
To Apply: Please visit

Campus Ambassador
To Apply: Please apply online with your resume and unofficial transcript in order to be considered for this opportunity:

Summer 2017 interns
To Apply: Please visit select For Job Seekers, and select All Opportunities.  On the Job listing page, select Student employment and Search jobs.

U.S. Air Force
Copper Cap Intern
To Apply: Interested applicants may send resumes to Michelle Mendez, Chief, Contracting Division (SMC/ADK), at

Revo Smith Law Firm, LLC
Part-time Social Media Coordinator
To Apply: Interested students should send resume, cover letter, and writing sample (optional, but encouraged) to Chris Templeton at

Sandia National Laboratories 
Student Intern - Business Staffing Team Grad Year Round - 657049
To Apply: Please visit

Sandia National Laboratories 
Student Intern - Business Staffing Team Undergrad Year Round – 657050
To Apply: Please visit

Warner Bros
MBA Intern Consumer Products Strategic Planning & Analysis-Summer 2017
To Apply: For more information and to apply, please visit

Dell Global Business Operations MBA Intern
To Apply: Please visit

To Apply:Call or Email Charlie Anglin (Branch Manager) to set up interview. (505)875-1122 Alternate contact Patti Yara (Asst. Branch Manager) (505)875-1122

New Mexico Film Foundation
To Apply: Interested applicants need a cover letter, cv, and point of contact.Please send cover letter (which should include previous nonprofit work and an explanation of interest in the New Mexico Film Foundation) CV and contact information to: Harry Musselwhite, President of New Mexico Film Foundation,

UNM, New Student Orientation
Orientation Leaders
To Apply: Please visit

City of Albuquerque
Keep Albuquerque Beautiful Intern
To Apply: To Apply:  Interested students may contact Donna Comenici at

Don’t forget to contact Career Services at 277-3290 for help in polishing your professional materials!

April Career Opportunities

Operations Specialist
To Apply:Please visit

Fidelity Investment
18 openings (ABQ,NM)
To Apply:Students can post their resume with the Career Center, LOBO Career Connection, and send directly to Mark Pullam at

Siarza Social Digital
Online Marketing Specialist
To Apply: For more information, please visit Interested individuals should email with their resume. A portfolio or cover letter stating experience is preferred.

Federal Reserve Board
Applications Programmer
To Apply: For more information candidates/applicants should contact TJ directly:

Federal Reserve Board
Quality Assurance
To Apply: For more information candidates/applicants should contact TJ directly:

Federal Reserve Board
Database Administrator
To Apply: For more information candidates/applicants should contact TJ directly:

Federal Reserve Board
Financial Systems Analyst (FSA)
To Apply: For more information candidates/applicants should contact TJ directly:

U.S. Air Force
Copper Cap Intern
To Apply: Interested applicants may send resumes to Michelle Mendez, Chief, Contracting Division (SMC/ADK), at

New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry 
Public Policy Coordinator
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, salary history and expectations, and three references, to Jason Espinoza, President and CEO, at . Applications that do not contain all of the required items will not be considered. Applications received by 5 p.m. on March 31 will be given priority; however, the position will remain open until filled. No U.S. mail or faxes please.

A Chicago-based Technology company
Director/VP: Accounting, Finance and Human Resources
To Apply: For more information and to apply, please visit

Farm Credit of New Mexico
Loan Processor - Clovis, NM
Credit Analyst - TBD, NM (5 openings)
Loan Officer - Roswell, NM
Loan Officer - Clovis, NM (2 openings)
Credit Analyst - Albuquerque, NM 
Operations Assistant - Clovis, NM
To Apply: For each position, interested candidates should submit a resume to: Roberta Merrick, Human Resources Generalist, Farm Credit of New Mexico, ACA, P.O. Box 94330, Albuquerque, NM 87199, Phone: 800-451-5997, Fax 505-796-7963 or E-mail: Position will be open until filled. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V

LAMP Stack/Developer

Sandia Area Federal Credit Union
Loan Officer - Credit Buyer
To Apply: Visit our careers section at

Legacy Financial Group
Business Coordinator/Intern
To Apply: Send resume and references to

Don’t forget to contact Career Services at 277-3290 for help in polishing your professional materials!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 TED talks for Post-Spring Break Motivation

Alright, so you binged on Netflix, slept in, caught up with family or friends, gone for a hike, saw a movie or maybe you just kept working - life doesn’t always stop. Spring Break is over and you are back on the grind! 

There are 8 weeks left in the semester, needing some motivation for these next few weeks? Check out these TED Talks to get charged and tackle the rest of Spring semester.

“5 ways to lead in an era of constant change”
Who says change needs to be hard? Organizational change expert Jim Hemerling thinks adapting your business in today's constantly-evolving world can be invigorating instead of exhausting. He outlines five imperatives, centered around putting people first, for turning company reorganization into an empowering, energizing task for all.

“Living beyond limits”
When she was 19, Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. And now ... she's a pro snowboarder (and a killer competitor on "Dancing with the Stars"!). In this powerful talk, she shows us how to draw inspiration from life's obstacles.

“My year of saying yes to everything”
Shonda Rhimes, the titan behind Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, is responsible for some 70 hours of television per season, and she loves to work. "When I am hard at work, when I am deep in it, there is no other feeling," she says. She has a name for this feeling: The hum. The hum is a drug, the hum is music, the hum is God's whisper in her ear. But what happens when it stops? Is she anything besides the hum? In this moving talk, join Rhimes on a journey through her "year of yes" and find out how she got her hum back.

“The surprising habits of original thinkers”
How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

“How to make stress your friend”
Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

Don’t forget to contact Career Services at 277-3290 for help in polishing your professional materials!