Veronica Bloodworth

Senior Vice President Construction & Engineering

AT&T

“At a high level, my team engineers, builds and maintains the wireline and wireless networks for AT&T.”

MY ROUTE:

The Curved Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Senior Vice President Construction & Engineering

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of BUILDING THINGS and the interests of ENGINEERING and TECHNOLOGY.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

My team ensures you are connected to our network wherever you live, work or play. In order for that to happen, we need to make sure you can access the network at all times. My team builds and maintains that network for AT&T. At the end of the day, I want you to be able to surf the Internet, watch TV, play video games and place a phone call while at home. I want the network to be like air to you. You only notice it when you don't have it. I want you to have access to it at all times.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

You must be flexible and adaptable. The velocity at which technology is changing is unprecedented. You must keep yourself relevant and adjust course as necessary. You must be able to communicate powerfully and prolifically in order to influence decision makers.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Senior Vice President Construction & Engineering

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Engineering, General
  • Graduate - Business Administration and Management, General

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - The University of Alabama, Accounting
  • Graduate - Georgia State University, Business Administration and Management, General

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN HIGH SCHOOL

You need to get a college degree. I would also recommend a Masters degree since once you get out of college it is hard to go back to school. Life can take you down many paths. You will never regret having a graduate degree and this way no matter where life takes you, nobody can take away your education.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM MYSELF

“You aren't good enough.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

By never accepting that I am good enough, I always strive to be better. I view it as an asset. I listen more than I talk however I still have the courage to talk when something needs to be said. My job is to support my team and remove log jams for them. In order to do that, I have to be able to influence others through how I communicate. Don't sit on the sidelines. When something needs to be said, say it but ensure you deliver your message with respect and dignity for others.

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