Mentoring: Karen Nordquist meets with business students

September 26, 2016, by Anthony Casaus, Assist. Dean-Development, via email

Karen Nordquist visited with College of Business students in the Accounting and Information Systems Department along with ambassador students from the college and presidential ambassadors at NMSU on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Nordquist shared her experience in the accounting field with students over lunch in the Deans Conference room in the Business Complex.

Karen Nordquist of Sandia National Laboratories visited with College of Business students in the Accounting and Information Systems Department along with COB and NMSU student ambassadors on September 20, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Casaus)

Karen Nordquist of Sandia National Laboratories visited with College of Business students in the Accounting and Information Systems Department along with COB and NMSU student ambassadors on September 20, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Casaus)

Nordquist spoke about making the most of internships and job opportunities by being well prepared upon meeting a potential employer. Adding that participation in student organizations like the Accounting Department’s Beta Alpha Psi, attending career fairs, meeting various businesses and hospitals can help prepare for gaining employment. She pointed out the importance of having a quality resume, polished look and firm handshake to go along with sound interview skills. Saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Nordquist currently works with Sandia National Laboratories once again in their accounting department, where she had worked for eight years previously. A University of New Mexico graduate with a Bachelors in Accountancy, Nordquist initially worked in auditing for Arthur Andersen, LLP then moved into the tax department.

It is here where she met her future husband, College of Business alumnus, Douglas Nordquist as he worked for Arthur Anderson, LLP as well. After a year and a half, Karen found herself in the classroom of the Accounting Department at New Mexico State University as a graduate assistant teaching Principles of Accounting 101 and 102. She would earn a Masters of Accountancy degree from NMSU in 1990. Aside from her years of accounting work experience, Karen has enjoyed her time serving on the board of a non-profit organization.


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