Robert Hoffman

Robert Hoffman

Network Design Engineer


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First full-time job in High School.
Went out-of-state to get a meaningful degree.
Worked throughout college to help pay out-of-state costs.
Joined multiple social organizations to build personal network.
Graduated in 4 years with degree in Electrical Engineering.
Applied to a job that I didn't exactly have the qualifications for.
After being hired, proved my worth and ability to contribute to the team each and every day.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Milton High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Auburn University
Career

Career

Network Design Engineer

We create documents that control the flow of all AT&T Mobility traffic.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Engineering
Engineering
Technology
Technology
Problem Solving
Problem Solving

Day to Day

In a typical day, I will receive a ticket for new work that needs to be completed in a set of routers, switches, or servers. Once I receive this ticket I begin analyzing the documents provided and cross-referencing it with what currently exists on our equipment. Once I verify the information provided, I begin pulling the necessary changes in order to explain how to complete them. After this is complete I simulate my work and forward to the necessary implementation teams.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The most important skill outside of school you need for this job is the ability to communicate information to others effectively over different mediums (email, phone, in-person, etc.) and to be able to manage expectations for timelines and due dates. Any other technical knowledge you will learn on the job, but people skills is one of the most necessary for working in any team environment.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be a well-rounded individual who participates in clubs, sports and possibly even a part-time job. Employers want to hire individuals with experience in very different situations and knows how to balance multiple different commitments at the same time.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I didn't have enough internships and co-op employment opportunities to get a job with a major engineering company."

I overcame this noise by constantly working as hard as I could in whatever I did. I may or may not have had all the "requirements" for certain positions but I was able to prove my work ethic through school, jobs, and leadership opportunities. People always want to say you aren't doing enough, but what matters at the end of the day is if you are doing all that you can, phsyically and mentally, to succeed.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Money was tight after my parents split, and I didn't want my choices affected by it. I decided to start working to make my own money and have the ability to make the decisions I wanted. I took control of my situation so that others couldn't.