Beate Connette

Beate Connette

Professional Network Design Engineer


AT&T

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
I began with Internships at 14 in Administrative Functions and learned to work with Computers.
I began a Career in the Legal field, aiming to become a Lawyer. Still working with Computers.
Moving to a new Country changed Goals and I decided to pursue the Finance field.
I began to pursue College Studies in Accounting and also Programming.
Temporary Services placement as HR Manager taught me that People are more important than Numbers.
I learned Technical Roles in Production and learned I enjoyed Technology as much as People.
I entered my first official Engineering program and excelled. I was the only Woman in the Program.
I pursued my first Technical Position as Electronics Technician for the Phone Company 15 years ago.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
Nova Southeastern University
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Florida State College at Jacksonville
vocational
Vocational
Industrial Technology Management
FSCJ
vocational
Vocational
Industrial Electronics Technology Engineering
Louisiana Technical College
certification
Certification/License
CCNP
Career

Career

Professional Network Design Engineer

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

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Technology
Engineering
Engineering
Working with Others
Working with Others

Day to Day

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 & Qualities Beyond School

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.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for middle school students

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.

Recommended Education

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

undergrad
Bachelor
Business Administration and Management, General
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
certification
Vocational
Industrial Technology Management
certification
Vocational
Industrial Electronics Technology Engineering
certification
Certification/License
CCNP
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"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."

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.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I had to pay for College (no scholarships). Part-time Jobs paid my bills and school. I lived cheap. Today, there are Scholarships, apply to any of them in time. Use your skills to Tutor, Babysit, to fill the gap. Don't stop school.

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

I had no local Family Support. My family was in another country and did not understand my Situation. I found like minded friends who became my local family. They encouraged and supported me. You need strong support, create it, be picky.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

I pursued a dual path: Family business and college. I did not choose college over family business, I made both work. It allowed my family to support my direction and respect my really hard work. Try to compromise, but don't stop school, be patient.