Daniel Atkins

Daniel Atkins

Team Manager in a Leadership Development Program


AT&T

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
First I realized that I was good at math and enjoyed it. I got a degree in structural engineering.
I started designing bridges for a living and really enjoyed seeing bridges I designed being built.
But I realized that I spent too much time in a cubicle and really wanted to work more with others.
So I started volunteering on the side and loved working with other people.
I decided to have a career where my engineering and people skills are appreciated and got an MBA.
Then I got my current job where the company is developing my skills to be a future leader.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Jacksonville High School
Bachelor
Civil Engineering, General
University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduate
Structural Engineering
Illinois Institute of Technology
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Emory University

Career

Team Manager in a Leadership Development Program

I ensure people with home alarms are safe through managing front line employees.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Education
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A great day involves helping my workers be better at work and happier at work with their accomplishments. All the dangerous issues at peoples' homes would be resolved and customers would be safe and happy.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Knowing how to communicate and motivate people is very important. Being able to listen to others, make them feel important and direct them toward a goal are extremely helpful skills.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Be involved and be engaged. Find activities (sports, clubs, service, etc.) that you are interested in and be a leader in those. Take initiative and start a project or coach someone new on the team.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Technical Degrees are a great background
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Yeah, right. You will spend all that money on school and end up working at McDonalds."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial