Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Got pregnant with my first child at 16 years of age.
Finished high school early so I could go to work to support my family.
Started an entry-level job at AT&T in Customer Service at age 18.
Had my second child at the age of 22.
Started college as a working adult. Juggled 2 kids, a full time job and nightly homework and tests.
Finished my degree. Worked hard and made significant career advancements at my company.

Career

Sr. Program Project Manager

I manage the National Diversity Recruiting events for Talent Acquisition.

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

A typical day in my world involves reviewing emails, websites and project plans related to National Diversity Recruiting Events that take place all year long for Talent Acquisition. I attend conference calls, webcasts and meetings with internal colleagues, business contacts and external vendor partners to plan every aspect of the events - everything from scheduling and confirming the resources and materials that will be onsite, to registration and communication with attendees and participants.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

I would say that learning to work well in groups is a key step to being successful in this role. Make yourself part of a team and work toward a common goal. Even if you don't succeed, learn from your mistakes to improve. There are many successful individual contributors (those that don't manage a team of people) in our company. Being able to contribute to the success of a group project and working effectively within a team is critical in this role.

Recommended Education

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

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You'll never make it through high school - let alone ever go to college. Kids who have kids will never make anything of themselves. You'll end up on welfare and living off of others."

Challenges I Overcame

Teenage Pregnancy

Interviewed By

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