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CDW’s Hill Is a Thought Leader
Beth Hill realized her love of technology after taking a part-time job at Best Buy during her final semester as a biology major. There she discovered her natural ability to speak with consumers about their IT needs.
“After graduation I was offered a position as the store’s computer sales supervisor. I was initially concerned with my lack of computer knowledge. But the thrill of educating both myself and the customers about the technologies and products was exhilarating. Winning the sale was the cherry on top,” she explains. This job inspired her to pursue a second degree in computer networking.
Nine years since starting as a CDW mobility consulting engineer, she now enjoys a successful career as the mobility solution domain manager at Vernon Hills, IL-headquartered CDW - an 8,600-employee provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare.
In her current position Hill serves as a mobility business, sales and solutions thought leader, providing leadership and support for sales, solution architects and the mobility services engineering team.
“As a solution domain manager (SDM), I am accountable for effective and efficient day-to-day professional services operations. This includes aligning with the sales and solutions teams by developing the company’s mobility services vision and strategy portfolio, all while balancing coworker development and client satisfaction,” she relates.
Hill’s take on the IT sector is positive. “Engineers are at the forefront of change at CDW. Our clients need a trusted advisor now more than ever. That’s why CDW engineers are the best in the business. We understand the challenge and opportunities this ever-changing sector throws at our clients, and they look to CDW to guide them through the technical maze of cloud versus hybrid versus on-premises solutions,” she relates.
As a former professional services consulting engineer, Hill finds careers in hardware and software engineering very rewarding. “It’s always challenging and offers a creative opportunity with every new project,” she says.
Hill is a proponent of women in an engineering role, disagreeing that this career could impose too many demands on their personal lives. In truth, many projects mix both on-site and remote work. “This benefit allows me to build client relationships and balance my personal life.”
She encourages female engineers to consider the vast array of roles available: “There’s a multitude of career paths one can take as a consulting engineer at CDW ranging from datacenter and security to unified communications and business intelligence. The possibilities are endless.”
As of February 2017 more than 40 positions from associate level to senior consultant engineers were available at CDW locations across the U.S., proving the demand is there. Her advice for prospective applicants for this field is to network and connect with people.
“The ability to communicate and earn client trust is essential, along with the ability to stay current and relevant,” contends Hill, who thoroughly enjoys her coworkers. “I love educating and mentoring my team. Seeing them evolve and flourish is the best part of being a leader.”
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For more than 30 years CDW has been a provider of multi-brand technology solutions, products and services for business, government, education and healthcare.
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