Emmanuel Oviedo, West Leyden Graduate (2014)

Posted by Michael Haworth on 4/5/2019 8:00:00 AM

Emmanuel Oviedo
What business courses did you take in high school?
I mainly took IT courses such as digital literacy, Intro to networking, and TSI.

What sports or activities were you involved with at Leyden?
I was involved in athletic PE and the engineering club.

What year did you graduate Leyden?
I graduated in 2014.

What is the current company you work for?
I work for Grosvenor Capital Management, a company in downtown Chicago.

What is your job title?
I am an IT Support Engineer.

Please describe what you do on a daily basis at work.
I help monitor and maintain computer systems and networks. I configure computers, diagnose hardware and software faults and solve technical and application problems, both over the phone and in person.

What do you like about your current position?
There is a lot of things I like about my job. Great compensation, up-to-date technology, professional environment, and the resources and tools to help you move on up in your career.

In a short paragraph please give advice to current high school students taking business/technology classes at Leyden.
Best advice I can give anyone is to learn soft skills. You can't always be the smartest person around but you can stand out by the way you interact and communicate with people. Also, make it clear you are eager to learn and move on up. Coming from someone without a college degree, I managed to make my way up by showing the right people that I was serious about learning and working hard. Stay open-minded and never give up.

What other information would you like to share with Leyden students?
Get as much experience under your belt as possible. Whether it is through volunteer work, internships, contract work, etc. The world is competitive and having any type of experience will help you tremendously. In addition, have a positive mind and a great attitude and you'll do just great!