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

Finance Manager
Meow Wolf
To apply: Visit  

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

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:

Research Associate, New Mexico Economic Development Partnership
To apply please send a resume to Doreen Avila, New Mexico Partnership:

Marketing Coordinator
Apply online at

Program Coordinator, UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research
To apply, visit:

Accounting Clerk, Santa Fe Preparatory School
Please email Director of Finance Bruce Sachs (

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

Software Applications Developer
Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
To apply: visit

Management Trainee Program
National Electric Supply
To apply: visit

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Career Conversations with an Anderson Alum

Career Insights from the Past 20 years: Journey from South Valley to Silicon Valley

Since my graduation from the Anderson School of Management back in December 1996, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my diverse career path over the past 20+ years.  As with any experienced professional out there in the industry, everyone has ‘nuggets of wisdom’ to share that will hopefully resonate and help guide you towards good decisions in your personal journey.

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, grew up in the South Valley, and attended UNM with an unwavering focus on attaining my management degree and exploring the world with whatever career path I would create for myself.  Along that path, I’ve lived in Houston, London, and now the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California.  I’ve worked across numerous industry verticals including: U.S. government (Air Force & NASA), oil/gas (Shell), tech - hardware/services (Hewlett-Packard), retail (Gap), tech – software (Adobe).  Along this journey, I’ve learned a great deal from navigating these large and complex corporate environments and traveling around the globe.

All that said, here are some words of advice from a ‘seasoned’ fellow Lobo:

Network, Network, Network
I can’t stress how important it is to learn the power of networking early in your career.  You need to build your brand with your immediate team, within the company, and at various industry events, conferences, and socials.  If you can navigate this well, you’ll have the opportunity to make great connections with both internal management and industry colleagues that’ll open doors with exciting opportunities.

Work Hard…Play Hard
I learned the value of hard work early on from my family.  When you work hard, focus your efforts on that next goal, and finally achieve it, you learn that anything is within reach and ‘the sky’s the limit.’  Balancing this is the importance of having fun as well to avoid burning out.  By rewarding yourself with the ability to do the things you enjoy outside of work, you’ll stay motivated to work hard and achieve bigger/better outcomes.

Continuous Learning
Never stop learning new skills, theory, and real-world application.  You can pursue additional degrees, professional certifications, soft skill training courses and remember to take advantage of any employer-offered training funding. 

Net/net: you don’t want to find yourself as expendable because you have a limited offering.  Always stay relevant, be mindful of industry trends, and continuously invest in yourself.

Give Back When You Can
I’ve had the honor to volunteer and serve many organizations in several different capacities (board memberships, recruiting, mentoring, teaching, building, etc.).  Find your passion with what you can share and give back to others that can benefit from your insights and abilities.  Volunteering takes time, but it’s an investment where we all win when we help each other to succeed and grow.

Never Become Complacent
I learned this mid-career and wish I would’ve realized it sooner.  In a large company, you’ll have the opportunity to move around and tackle many different jobs if you so choose.  There’s nothing wrong with this, but I’ve also learned that you have much larger opportunities to grow with expanded roles and sometimes better compensations when you take that leap from what’s comfortable and move to new challenges in different companies and geographies.

I know it sounds cliché, but there’s a reason why people say, “Don’t be afraid of change.”  You truly need to embrace it…and the sooner the better.

Go Global
While at Anderson, I focused on marketing and international management.  I knew that experiencing the world would be extremely important in shaping my views and learnings of different cultures.  Since then, I’ve had the chance to travel the globe and learn the cultural richness this world has to offer.

Remember to always be open-minded and respectful when meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning traditions and ways of doing business in other areas.

Whether you’re just graduating or years into your career, these ‘nuggets’ have guided me to be a good corporate and global citizen, and proud UNM alumnus.  Good luck…work hard…and have fun!

Antonio Humphreys

Antonio Humphreys is a strategic sourcing and marketing expert with 20 years’ professional experience in global sourcing and negotiations, marketing and advertising management, sales consulting, and business planning across multiple industry verticals and geographies (including NASA, Shell Oil, Hewlett-Packard, Gap Inc., and Adobe Systems Inc.).

He is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico and has lived in Houston, Texas and London, England.  He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and works in ‘Silicon Valley’.

Antonio earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Houston.  He has served on a board of director capacity for Habitat for Humanity, Sourcing Industry Group University, Association of National Advertisers Mentor Chair and UNM Anderson School Alumni Council.  He was also a management adjunct professor at Lone Star College and served as Chairman for their Business Advisory Board. 

His passions include travel, hiking, teaching, and U.S. soccer.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May Career Services & Community Events

Anderson School of Management Convocation
May 13th at 4:00pm at Johnson Center
The graduation ceremony for Anderson School of Management Undergraduate and Graduate students.

UNM Spring 2017 Commencement
May 13th at 9am at The Pit, WisePies Arena
The main UNM commencement for graduate and undergraduate students.

June Preview

June 2nd – 4th 2017 located at WESST in the Innovation Corridor
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. These events are very community focused and provide a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors, with prizes going to the winning team(s).
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: .

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Career Opportunities

National Electric Supply
Management Training Program
To Apply: Please visit

Bralco Metals
Inside Sales
To Apply: Please send an email to JVOJTECH@BRALCO.COM

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
Financial Specialist
To Apply: Applicants should complete a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment (Revised 05/10) or Resume Supplemental Form (Revised 05/10) and submit with a signature and date to the Human Resource Division prior to 5 p.m. on the closing date. Mailed applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the closing date.

State of New Mexico
Staff Auditor
To Apply: For more information or to apply, please visit:

Federal Bureau of Investigation
IT Specialist-Forensic Examiner
To Apply: If you are interested or would like more information, please visit, Please search “Informational Technology Specialist- Forensic Examiner (FO) 999B GS 11/12 (EX) Albuquerque Field Office.” Questions regarding this opening should be directed to HR Specialist Vickie L. Williams at (304) 625-4786 or

Multiple Positions for Management Development Program
To Apply: Please visit

Multiple Positions for Information Systems Management Development Program
To Apply: Please visit

State of New Mexico
IT Database Administrator
To Apply: Please visit[0]=albuquerque&sort=PostingDate%7CDescending&page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Gentry Law Firm
Office Manager
To Apply: Students are encouraged to apply through Lobo Career Connection at and please provide cover letter, resume and college transcripts to

New Mexico Partnership
Business Development Director
To Apply: Please send a resume to Doreen Avila, New Mexico Partnership: (505) 247-8500

First National Bank of Santa Fe
Senior Treasury Analyst
To Apply: Please  visit to apply

Captiva Group Inc.
Financial/Accounting Director
How to apply: Please send cover letter and resume to: Tyla Armstrong

UNM, Human Resources, Finance Technology & Business Services
Programmer Analyst 2 or 3
To Apply: Please visit 

Fulkerson Services
HVAC Sales Representative
To Apply: Please email resume to Tyler Burnett at

Daskalos Development and Investments
Administrative Assistant
To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements in word or pdf format to Brenna Oliver at

Plasco Sales
To Apply: Please contact Pete Kelley at: 505-459-5061 or Bryan Kelley at: 505-480-5895 to schedule an interview.

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

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

May Internship Opportunities

City & County of San Francisco
1649 Accountant Intern (Citywide)
To Apply: For more information or to apply, please visit 

Albuquerque Convention Center (ACC)
To Apply:For further information about the internship, contact ACC at (no phone calls) with a brief explanation of how the internship fits with your professional goals.

New Mexico Mutual 
Marketing Intern
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter indicating your experience, interest and qualifications for the Marketing Intern position, and an updated resume Visit us on our website at for more information about New Mexico Mutual.

Absolute Investment Reality 
To Apply: Email resume with interview. Additional inquires please contact Andria at 

Treasures of Zeus
Advertising/Business Development Intern
To Apply: Please email your resume and any information that demonstrates your ability to provide the business expansion assistance to

The Loan Fund
Accounting Intern
To Apply: Mail, fax, or email resume and cover letter to The Loan Fund, PO Box 705, Albuquerque, NM 87103, fax 505.243.8803, email: Deadline to apply: May 19th, 2017.

McKee Wallwork + Co
Marketing Boot Camp
To Apply: Please send an introduction and your resume to Submission will be accepted April 20th through June 12th. Interviews will be conducted following resume submission. All candidates will be notified of their acceptance status on or before June 19th.

Heads Up Landscaping
Accounting Intern
To Apply: Interested candidates should submit their resume to

UNM, College Enrichment Program
Peer Mentor Tutors (4 position openings)
To Apply: Students can contact Leslie Armell directly with questions at

Visit Albuquerque
Social Media & Communications Intern
To Apply: Send or email resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Visit Albuquerque
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505.222.4344 (Barbara Marcus, HR Director) Fax: 505-247-9101

Visit Albuquerque
Public Relations & Communications Intern
To Apply: Send or email resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Visit Albuquerque
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505.222.4344 (Barbara Marcus, HR Director) Fax: 505-247-9101

Visit Albuquerque
Convention Sales Internship
To Apply: Send or email resume and cover letter to:
Human Resources
Visit Albuquerque
20 First Plaza NW, Suite 601
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505.222.4344 (Barbara Marcus, HR Director) Fax: 505-247-9101

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

Absolute Investment Realty
Marketing Assistant
To Apply: Email resume  to for interview.

Campus Ambassador
To Apply; For more information, please visit To apply, please visit

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

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

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