Monday, August 28, 2017

Career Conversations with an Anderson Alum





Hello business students! More specifically, accounting students!


I trust all of you are having a wonderful semester! Some of you may be at the point where you are ready to graduate, and others are still trucking along! Keep going! You can do this!


Choosing accounting as your concentration at Anderson was a big decision and the RIGHT one! One of your next thoughts should be about getting your CPA license. I am going to tell you why it is awesome to say YES to this decision and give you some awesome resources for getting started! 
There are two small books that I found very informational but also fun! They have quirky quotes and fun facts about CPAs, I highly recommend them!

I have left a copy of each in the Career Services/Advisement office if you want to stop and take a look at them! I enjoyed them and they made me even more excited for my decision to become a CPA!

My top 3 reasons why you should get your CPA license:

#1 Job Security & Possible Increased Salary. Think about it, if you were vying for a job with another candidate that had the exact same experience and education as you, but you had those three beautiful letters behind your name, who are they going to choose? It is a prestigious honor to receive this license and employers know the hard work and dedication that goes into it.

#2 Those 3 letters after your name = Respect. This reason is enough in and of itself. There are many licenses and qualifications when seen behind your name it immediately distinguishes you. The CPA is one of those. It is a highly sought after license, considered to be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, licensing exams. Not only are you a Certified Public Accountant, it showcases dedication and hard work which translates into many positive things!

#3 For yourself. You have made the decision to be an accounting major, which is not an easy feat! You have worked hard for your degree, so you owe it to yourself to put the cherry on top and get your CPA license! Although it is not required in the accounting world, you should definitely take the four exams and put yourself in a great position for success!

Where to start? I know when I first started to think about getting my CPA, I was wondering what resources there were, where I should start, what requirements do I need to fulfill before I can sit for sections, and so many more questions! 

I have great news! There are AMAZING resources for you, whether you are just starting to think about sitting for the exams or you are in the middle of studying and you need a little bit of extra help!

The AICPA website is a great place to start!  

There is an immense amount of information about the exams, licensure, scholarships you can apply for, and tons more! I also HIGHLY recommend visiting the This Way to CPA website

Create an account with them and have access to resources that will make you successful in your CPA journey!

If you already have a job with a local firm or another firm out of town, they may have information about getting you study courses, if not, I will list some great ones to look into. I highly recommend looking into each and seeing how they are set up, to see which one will fit best for you!

There are so many more options, but these are the more popular ones!

I hope you all feel a little more assured and at ease with your decision to become a CPA. It is a great decision for your professional career! I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors!



Brittanie Vega is a recent graduate from the  Master of Accounting program. Additionally, Brittanie completed her  BBA with a double concentration in Accounting and Finance from Anderson!

During her undergraduate program,  she served as a board member of ALPFA for two years, where she made great connections both at Anderson, locally and nationally. Brittanie also served as an Career Ambassador Leader for the Anderson Career Services office where she provided resources and support to Anderson students in their professional development. Additionally, she completed two summer internships with PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco and since graduation has moved there to start work full time this past July as a Tax Associate.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Career Conversations with an Anderson Alum




Embrace the Jungle Gym

By Terri Nikole Baca

It was more than a few years ago when I first read Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In: Women, Work And The Will To Lead, but one of the book’s themes has resonated with me since.  Sandberg thoughtfully shares that it is better to think in terms of a career “jungle gym” rather than a career “ladder.”  Ladders have traditionally been a metaphor to describe career growth, but this is 2017, and I can assure new graduates that success will come from a jungle gym of career turns and leaps.  These maneuverers may seem risky in the moment, but will guide you to success as long as you do your part by always demonstrating excellent work ethic, integrity, and a willingness to learn. 

When I graduated from UNM with a BBA in 2005, I felt pressure to interview with companies in my field of training, which was finance.  But the truth is, I was 22 years old and my “field of training” in the real world had largely been working student positions at UNM and waiting tables on the weekends for extra cash.  I had no idea what my next step on the ladder was supposed to be—so I decided to keep going to school and enrolled at the UNM School of Law in Fall of that year.

I graduated in 2008 with no job offer in sight and unsure whether I was interested in practicing law.  Between studying for the bar exam and worrying about my future, I was too anxious to calm down and enjoy my last summer before summer breaks no longer existed.  I took the bar exam in July and was waiting for the results when I got a call from then Public Regulation Commission chairman Ben Ray Luján’s campaign staff.  Chairman Luján was in the middle of a campaign for the U.S. Congress, for the seat formerly held by now Senator Tom Udall.  His staff was looking for a campaign field director to help, and they had heard of me through some campaign volunteer work I had done in law school.  “Sure,” I said.  Maybe knocking on doors and making call lists had nothing to do with a law degree, but I needed a job and this sounded fun. 

Beth Comstock, Vice Chair of General Electric, has said that she likes to hire people who can “Figure it Out” (FIO).  These are people who can successfully handle tough situations or working outside their comfort zone—like those who have served in Peace Corps or Teach for America.  Campaign work was my “FIO” and the skills I learned in those months---though I didn’t realize it at the time—certainly prepared me for my future jungle gym leaps.

Five months later, my first “real job” out of school landed me in Washington DC, working for newly-elected Representative Luján as his Legislative Counsel.  I dove right in to the legislative process and federal government, focusing on technology, energy, education, and telecommunication policy.  I took these skills with me to my next job in the nonprofit sector as policy director for a national education organization, then shifted to managing public policy for a local chamber of commerce.  Finally, I landed in the private sector at AT&T, my most recent turn on the jungle gym, a position I was only able to secure because of the broad experience I had gained through my jungle gym of career moves.  I hope that as new or recent graduates, or as professionals looking for a career change, you will embrace the jungle gym and not be afraid to take chances with your career path---even if it means taking a pay cut or making a lateral move to get somewhere better in the long run.   



As Director of External Affairs, Terri Nikole Baca manages government and public affairs for AT&T in New Mexico. Terri Nikole joined AT&T after serving as senior vice president of public policy at the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. In this role, Terri Nikole managed the development of the Chamber’s policy positions on a variety of issues impacting the business community. Terri Nikole also oversaw the Chamber’s government relations strategy and execution of city, county and state advocacy plans. Terri Nikole's professional experience includes project management, public relations and government affairs, and state, federal and tribal government policymaking. Prior to joining the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Terri Nikole served as policy director for a national education nonprofit, where she advanced policy initiatives to support STEM education and workforce development. Before her work in the nonprofit sector, Terri Nikole spent several years on Capitol Hill serving as legislative counsel to U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Luján where she worked on telecommunications, energy, science, technology, and education issues.

Terri Nikole was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and holds a BBA in Finance and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico. Her professional memberships include the State Bar of New Mexico, New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and New Mexico Women’s Bar Association.

Friday, June 9, 2017

June Opportunities, Week of June 5, 2017

Marketing Intern
Baby Page
To apply: Contact Career Services at Anderson for instructions

Account Manager
Delta Group Electronics
To apply: Send resume, cover letter, salary history and salary requirements to Delta Group Electronics, Inc at ctennyson@deltagroupinc.com

Finance Manager
Meow Wolf
To apply: Visit https://jobs.meowwolf.com/job/finance-manager/.  

Campus Day at Federal Reserve of Kansas City
Monday, July 10
For more information or to register, visit www.kansascityfed.org

Monday, June 5, 2017

Career Conversations with an Anderson Alum




Business Management meets Non-Profit

By Krisztina Ford

I came to the non-profit field in a rather roundabout way.

I grew up in Hungary, and in most European systems, the government maintains social services and taxes support healthcare, education, childcare, etc. There is less need in such a system for a non-governmental sector to respond to gaps in social services – so it’s no wonder that non-profits were a new concept to me.

I earned my Master’s in Political Science in Budapest.  One of my classes was about various political systems and, of course, the United States was front and center in the discussions. I had high expectations about the U.S.

When I moved here, however, I was shocked by the lack of attention to social services and a social net and surprised by the silos in which NGOs are forced to function. They operate without adequate funding – suffer from a lack of innovation – and they struggle to create any sense that they are part of a system that collectively addresses the underlying needs of those in need.

I started to work for non-profits because I was called to work toward establishing systems in the field of social justice.

… and all this sounds idealistic and dreamy – but it’s still what gets me out of bed each day.

I soon found though that idealism is not enough for a non-profit to get by and get ahead.

As I was climbing the management ladder through various positions at local agencies, it became very apparent that, in a non-profit, one had better know how to read financials, craft a budget, supervise and hire people, manage volunteers, write business plans, expand programs, understand how to diversify funding, fundraise, run a board, advocate in legislative sessions, understand what policies affect operations… and what changes at the Santa Fe Roundhouse or in DC will influence governing rules and revenue …

And if you are looking for the story that changed everything – well, it might have been this one: I’m sitting in a finance committee meeting one day with the financial people of the board, CPAs and bankers – my boss, the CEO, leans over with the P&L in her hand and whispers in my ear, “Are the parentheses good or bad?”

Within a year, I was back in school – at UNM, in the executive MBA program. I didn’t need an education on those parentheses, but I sure didn’t want to learn about the basics from staff and rely on what I am able to pick up in meetings.

I found those 26 months to be the best investment in a non-profit management job – it not only taught me the basics of writing with the appropriate audience in mind, but also about the complex tasks of finance and business planning.

Most important – it created a network of classmates who have been instrumental as I took my place in the business community.

The status quo is never good enough. There is always more to be done. The task is to figure out how to become a more effective tool to serve personal goals and to make meaningful contributions to a community.



Krisztina Ford moved to Albuquerque, NM from Budapest, Hungary in 2000 and has over ten years’ experience in non-profit management. Her vision is to create strong collaborations within non-profit organizations, government agencies and for profit businesses in order to better serve the community and to build healthy societies.

She has served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Child Abuse, is the Vice President on the Board of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Alliance and is a board member of the Child Welfare League of America based in Washington, DC. She is a recipient of the Business Weekly’s Top CEO Award and Women of Influence Award.

Before coming to All Faiths, Krisztina worked with health care organizations and agencies that served the developmentally disabled. She holds an MBA from UNM’s Anderson School of Management and a Master’s degree in Political Science from Budapest. Krisztina is currently the CEO/President of All Faiths.

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Internship and Job Opportunities

Inside Sales
Bralco Metals
To Apply: Send email to JVOJTECH@BRALCO.COM

HP MBA Internship
Apply online: https://h30631.www3.hp.com/form/candidate/51876/3544/4744246

Research Associate, New Mexico Economic Development Partnership
To apply please send a resume to Doreen Avila, New Mexico Partnership:
Davila@nmpartnership.com

Marketing Coordinator
Apply online at www.sandia.org/careers

Program Coordinator, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research
To apply, visit: https://unm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=739&site

Accounting Clerk, Santa Fe Preparatory School
Please email Director of Finance Bruce Sachs (bsachs@sfprep.org)

Accounting Assistant, School of Architecture & Planning
To apply, visit UNMJobs

Software Applications Developer
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
To apply: visit www.metrocourt.state.nm.us

Management Trainee Program
National Electric Supply
To apply: visit https://www.infinityhr.com/extranet/JobSearch.aspx?id=64002&aid=13801