Amy Adamchak

Project Manager

“I manage intakes and data within technology operations.”

MY ROUTE:

The Roundabout Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Project Manager

foundation interest 1 interest 2

My work allows me to combine the foundation of WORKING INDEPENDENTLY and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and BUSINESS.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My typical day is spent at a computer in my cubicle within a data center building. Each morning I check e-mails and discuss new project requests with my team. Next, we usually have calls with internal customers whose requests came in the day before. I lead the calls and direct the discussions. Much of my day is spent entering project data into a large spreadsheet. That document allows us to track project details, funding, and pull reports. I ask for any other additional work when I am available.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

- Extremely detail-oriented
- Self-directed worker
- Not a procrastinator
- Team player
- Use of Microsoft Outlook and office equipment
- Intermediate knowledge of Excel
- Willing to learn the basics of the related technology
- Experience coordinating and providing good customer service

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Project Manager

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Project Management or Business Related Degree

What I studied SOMEWHAT RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Housing, Interior Design & Resource Management

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN TRANSITION TO A NEW CAREER

Many of my career opportunities and changes have come through networking. The most helpful advice I can give is to do your best every day. People are always watching, and you never know when they might provide a helpful referral. If you know someone within a company, they can often see how you can grow into a position even when your current responsibilities don't exactly match a job posting. Be sure to write your resume with an emphasis on your applicable skills.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM PEOPLE

“You're so quiet! You're too nice!”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

The best thing you can do is to be yourself. It can be hard to find your place at times. Some days you have to ignore comments of people who do not understand. Try to learn about other personalities and how to work together. I try to remember that some people expect a lot of chatter and feedback, so sometimes it helps to make a point to state what I am thinking.

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