From: Upper Marlboro, MD (I rep PG County)
What do you do as a sales engineer at Eaton? How is the Sales Leadership Development Program structured?
-As a sales engineer, I work with electrical contractors and distributors to sell commercial construction/residential power management equipment that Eaton creates. If you want to know more specifically, please reach out.
-The program lasts one year and you are placed in one of the Eaton sales offices throughout the United States. Your sales role could focus anywhere from commercial construction, OEM (original equipment manufacturer), services, industrial, utility, project management, data centers, you name it! I’ve worked in commercial construction and mostly inside sales (quoting and proposals) for my first six months of the program. Recently, i’ve been doing more outside sales (customer visits) work.
What’s been the hardest thing to adapt to since graduating?
-The hardest thing for me is just being able to be productive with my time outside of work. It feels really good not to have things you have to do because you work hard from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. but it can allow for laziness to creep in your life. Once you graduate, find ways to grow and be fulfilled outside of work. If you don’t take the time to work on your own personal goals, you can wake up 40 years down the line ready to retire and realize you didn’t accomplish any of your dreams and live with regret. Live the life you want to live and don’t live a life you feel like you need to run away from.
What about a highlight since graduating?
-Definitely traveling to Japan for two weeks! I was in Osaka for a week and Tokyo for another week. Best food i’ve had in a minute with all of the great ramen and sushi spots. It was super safe and easy to get around. I think the most important part of it was the strong sense of peace I had when I was there. Literally no cares in the world, except when I had to sleep on the floor of an internet cafe for a night but that made the adventure all the more interesting.
Is there anything you can think of that would’ve helped prepare you more for adulthood?
-Being more comfortable with the uncomfortable. I’m decently good at it now but I do still gravitate towards the things that I know and am used to, which is natural for anyone. However, I feel like the things we perceive as different or new are scary simply because it’s unknown. One decision to do something you’ve never done before could lead to the greatest opportunities in your life. Also, doing what’s comfortable and normal is for the birds and gets boring after a while. Spice up your life!
What motivated you to start sending out weekly messages that are empowering and encouraging?
-I’ve seen people in my life who need uplifting and I thought I would be a good person to help them out. From there, I just thought about the fact that other people could benefit from my insight so I started sending stuff out in mass to people.
What have you learned most about yourself since graduating?
-I learned that the direction of my life is really up to me and I can accomplish anything I work towards. I have to fight for the things I want to become a reality and it’s not like in school where I can give mediocre effort and end up with good results. Sometimes good effort doesn’t even get good results in the real world. I have to go out and get mines and if I don’t, I don’t get anything.
Are you surprised by where you are since graduating?
-I wouldn’t say surprised but I feel blessed and extremely grateful because if you would’ve told me I’d be living in Austin, TX with all of the cool perks I get with my job, I would’ve thought you were lying to me. I set myself up with what I was doing in college with my co-op rotations, abroad experiences, leadership roles, and a little bit of coursework that led me to where I am now.
Can you speak on the work/life balance, what that looks like for you, and how it’s different from undergrad? What do you do in your free time?
What is one of your biggest goals, professionally or personally?
-Professionally, I want to go to work and enjoy what I do every day while making a great living for it. Personally, I want to pay off all of my debt, which will accrue to nearly $50,000 worth of student loans and credit card debt when i’m finished, by the end of 2020 and work towards making my money grow through investing. Once, I pay off all of my debt, I’ll be rewarding myself with another trip to Japan and at least one international trip a year!
Help us out with some wise words?
-What you did in your past, led you to be where you are currently. What you do today will lead you to your future. Figure out where it is you want to go, who it is you want to be, and reverse engineer that so you can do what it is now to start establishing that path for your ultimate destination. Also, check out christianinspires.wordpress.com. for some more insight and wisdom! I have all you need and then some over there!
Would you mind leaving contact information for interested students to contact you?
-Yes! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit your boy up!