Beate Connette

Professional Network Design Engineer

AT&T

“Manage Enterprise Network for Data/Voice/Video Connectivity and Collaborate with Technical Groups.”

MY ROUTE:

The Roundabout Road

MY WORK LIFE:

Professional Network Design Engineer

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My work allows me to combine the foundation of WORKING WITH OTHERS and the interests of TECHNOLOGY and ENGINEERING.


DAY IN AND DAY OUT

I verify Designs and get them Clarified/Corrected/Adjusted before identifying needed Resources (Technical, Information, Supplies, People). I review Technical Manuals and Equipment Specs. I contact Customers to address Project Expectations, Implementation plan and timeline, and Questions. I collaborate with Technical Contacts on required Supplies/Equipment, Work requirements, and Questions and Concerns. I order Supplies and Equipment, register Technical Details, and Request Resource assignments.

SKILLS, TRAINING, OR EXPERIENCE NEEDED

People skills are critical together with a positive Attitude. Ability to effectively communicate with others who are more and also less Technical. Listening skills are important to hear and understand Details and the overall Picture. Patience and Compassion to deal with unhappy Customers. Spatial Concepts and Ability to visualize a Scenario even if Virtual. Experience in just interacting with people from diverse backgrounds in a positive manner, technical and non-technical.

EDUCATION TO GET HERE:

Professional Network Design Engineer

I RECOMMEND COMPLETING:

  • High School
  • Undergraduate - Business Administration and Management, General
  • Undergraduate - Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Vocational - Industrial Technology Management
  • Vocational - Industrial Electronics Technology Engineering
  • Certification/License - CCNP

What I studied RELATES to my work...

MY EDUCATION

  • High School -
  • Undergraduate - Nova Southeastern University, Business Administration and Management, General
  • Undergraduate - Florida State College at Jacksonville, Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Vocational - FSCJ, Industrial Technology Management
  • Vocational - Louisiana Technical College, Industrial Electronics Technology Engineering
  • Certification/License - CCNP

SOME HELPFUL FIRST STEPS FOR SOMEONE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Talk to Professionals in your area, Job Shadow and ask Questions about Technical Entry programs for Network and Technology Intro. Talk to Advisors (School and College) to help find programs. Find like-minded Students and YouTube videos about Network and Technology. Learn terms/concepts and find out what interests you. Prepare for a Technical College program, a Certification program and Internships for early Experience. If you enjoy it, pursue an Entry job and then get the College degrees.

HURDLES I OVERCAME

THE “NOISE” FROM PEOPLE

“Nothing. If there was noise, I tuned it out. I focused on my studies and my path. I was a certified Network Professional when I heard: 'You seem smart, maybe you can learn about Technology.' The noise was unintended, but Stereotyped me by my Gender.”

HOW I OVERCAME THE “NOISE”

Focus on what you enjoy and what you're good at. Be gracious and help those around you find their own path and they will be too busy to create noise... and they will understand better. Stand strong as an example for others. You don't have to have all the answers and you don't have to explain yourself. Look for people who have their own path and surround yourself with positive encouragement. The noise can't get through that way. Noise is created by those who have no path and no role model.

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