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My Path to Google: Snehal Thorat, Campaign Manager

Welcome to the 34th installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like, and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Campaign Manager, Snehal Thorat. Read on!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your path to Google?
Hello! I grew up in Pune, India and recently graduated from NMIMS, Mumbai, where I earned an MBA in marketing. I currently work as a Campaign Manager in our Hyderabad office.

In my 2nd year, Google launched its Case Study Competition. Like others, I was extremely excited, as I wanted to learn more about the company, its various teams, and Google culture.

The entire concept of the competition was very entrepreneurial. As part of the competition, we had to provide innovative solutions to critical business problems in the fields of hardware and digital marketing. The case my team was working on required us to provide a marketing and sales strategy to increase the sales of Google Pixel in India by 10x in the next 2-3 years.

We worked on our idea for four long months. It was tough as well as enthralling. With the hard work we put in, as well as the guidance received from Google mentors and our institute professors,  we won the competition. It was such a proud moment. After winning the competition, I interviewed with Google and here I am now.
What’s your role at Google? 
I am a Campaign Manager on the gTech Professional Services MediaOps (gPS MediaOps) team. I am responsible for managing the marketing objectives for some of Google's largest advertisers. I advise our clients on how our products can help grow their business and maximize returns on their marketing investment. Being able to work at such scale and drive growth across businesses is the most rewarding part of my work.

What inspires you to come in every day?
The googliest part of Google are the Googlers! It is gratifying to work with so many inspiring people — each with unique identities, backgrounds, and experiences. This makes the entire experience of working at Google extremely enthralling, as well as humbling.
Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
As a student, Google as an org always inspired me. I have always been in awe of the interesting projects and products Google works on.

In the final national round of the Google Case Study, each team was assigned a Googler mentor and ours was Anand Devsharma — he motivated us and made us believe in our idea. I learned a lot as an individual from him, and discovered that Google is the organization where I would love to be.

How did the interview process go for you?
The entire process was exciting. Interviewing with Google felt like an accomplishment in itself. For me, the entire process was conducted virtually. The excitement increased after each of the interview rounds. In total, three interviews were conducted.

What do you wish you’d known when you started the process? 
Coming into the role of Campaign Manager straight out of college, I never thought I would have so much influence and responsibility so early on. I am grateful for this opportunity. Today I work with some of Google’s largest clients, who seek my advice on how they can remain successful and grow profitably.
Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
There were two main resources I used - the job description itself and the Google Students Career website. It is essential to have complete clarity of the role one is interviewing for. I prepared in such a way that, for each skill and responsibility mentioned in the job description, I had references from my experiences of demonstrating those skills and responsibilities.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Never feel like anything is out of reach. Whether it was winning the competition or getting into Google, not once did I think that the goal was impossible. Work for things you are passionate about and lean into your strengths.

I strongly believe in, and live by, the following words by Sundar Pichai, “It is important to follow your dreams and heart. Do something that excites you.”

Congratulations to the 2019 Google scholarship recipients!



Here at Google, we recognize the challenges faced by students from historically underrepresented groups in the tech industry. We strive to make education more accessible by creating programs to engage students around the world. As part of our initiatives focused on expanding diversity, we offer academic scholarships and trips to Google offices to learn more about our company and culture, network with a community of fellow scholars, and participate in professional development opportunities. Our goal is to not only support academic pursuits, but also empower scholars to encourage and inspire others.

We are thrilled to announce this years recipients who represent 77 universities in 17 countries. This year’s scholars have demonstrated a passion for technology, academic excellence, and have proven themselves as exceptional leaders and role models. We recently selected recipients for the following scholarship programs:

Women Techmakers Scholars Program (US, Canada, and Europe, Middle East & Africa)
Generation Google Scholarship for high school and university students from underrepresented backgrounds in computer science
Google Lime Scholarship for students with disabilities (US/Canada) and Google Europe Scholarship for Students with Disabilities
Google Student Veterans of America (SVA) Scholarship for student veterans


Congratulations to our 2019 scholarship recipients! These students will join a community of over 2,500 Google scholars who are becoming leaders in their field and inspiring the next generation of computer science students. We can’t wait to see to see how these students continue to shape the future of computer science.

Click here to see the full list of winners.

Stay tuned for our announcement of the Women Techmakers Scholars Program for Asia Pacific.

Internal mobility — switching roles at Google: an interview with Alison Agüero Dooley

Have you ever wondered what internal mobility and switching roles looks like at Google? Meet Alison Agüero Dooley! Alison has been at Google since summer 2014, when she was an MBA student. Since then, she’s held three different roles: gTech Ads MBA Intern, gTech Ads Product Operations Manager (POM) for YouTube Ads, and Product Manager for YouTube Ads. To learn more about switching roles and advancing careers at Google, read on for Alison’s journey.


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in a Peruvian household in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., and I’m the eldest of three girls. I love dancing (especially salsa and merengue), being with family and friends, devouring ice cream, and spreading the word about DreamWakers, a non-profit for which I’m an Advisory Council member.

What has your career path at Google looked like? What role(s) and team(s) have you been on?
I was first a gTech Ads MBA intern based in New York City on a team of solutions consultants focused on supporting agencies in their use of Google Marketing Platform. I devised strategies and tools for helping my peers better understand how to allocate their focus across assigned customers, and how to make better business cases for product feature requests.

My first full-time role with Google was in gTech as a Product Operations Manager for YouTube Ads. In this role, I served as a bridge between gTech and YouTube Ads Product Managers. In one direction, I learned about new product launches from the Product Managers and made sure the gTech teams had the tools necessary to support customers. In the other direction, I surfaced relevant feedback up to the Product Managers and lobbied for development of features that would make the product easier for customers to use and for gTech to support.

After two years in the role, I transitioned to a Product Management role within YouTube Ads.


What inspired you to switch roles?
After two years as a Product Operations Manager, I started to feel the itch to push myself to learn something new. Since I was working with Product Managers frequently, it seemed like the next great opportunity to incorporate my strengths, and also build on and expand my existing skillset. My past roles had been pretty operations heavy, so I was excited to try a role where I could think more holistically about product solutions and play a more active role in setting the strategy for, designing, and delivering products.

Can you tell us how you leveraged transferable skills to pivot to a new role?
The transferable skills from my previous role were critical to starting off on the right foot in my new role as a Product Manager. From a broader perspective, in each pivot of my career I had one foot in a strength and the other foot in something new. I started in consulting, where the industry I focused on was federal government agencies and the functional expertise I developed was in operations strategy. In my first role at Google as a gTech Product Operations Manager, my functional expertise stayed in operations strategy, but my industry expertise shifted to digital advertising with YouTube Ads. In my next role at Google, my industry expertise stayed with YouTube Ads but my functional expertise shifted to Product Management. Using this approach ensured I would always have a solid foundation to build upon in each new role.

Specifically with respect to my transition to Product Management, I leveraged the deep YouTube Ads product expertise I gained from my role as a Product Operations Manager; the holistic business thinking I gained from my MBA at UVA Darden; the analysis, communication, relationship management, and thriving-in-ambiguity skills I gained as a consultant; and the technical skills and exposure to product development I gained in my Systems Engineering studies as an undergrad at UVA.


How did the internal mobility process go for you? What did it entail?
I first set up coffee chats with Googlers in my network to learn about roles that interested me and get their advice on how to transition. I also updated my resume and set up job alerts in our internal job posting site. As soon as any interesting roles popped up, I immediately applied. I ended up interviewing for a few roles, but none of them worked out. However, It turned out to be a blessing in disguise!

I had made sure to have a coffee chat with the lead of the YouTube Ads Product Management team I had been working closely with in my existing role. Months later, a role on the team opened up. Because (1) I had already expressed to them my desire to transition to Product Management, (2) I had gained deep expertise in their product area from my existing role, and (3) because they had familiarity with my skills and work ethic from our work together in my existing role, they offered me a chance to join the team by doing a full-time rotation.

Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare yourself to move into your new role?
I leaned heavily on the generosity of others, who offered me their time in giving me advice, doing mock interviews with me, sharing their experiences with me, and more. I also made use of our internal career mentors program by meeting with an amazing career mentor several times. She was key to helping me identify the right time to start looking for a new role and in giving me strategies for making the move.

In preparing for Product Management specifically, I read the canonical books (e.g., Cracking the PM Interview), met with current Product Managers to learn from them, and did my own self study to brush up on my technical skills.


Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Lean into your strengths! Yes, it’s important to make sure you’re being challenged and learning new things, but make sure you’re doing so in an environment in which you’re also building on the foundation of your natural strengths and interests.


Interested in making your first move at Google? Apply today: google.com/students

Advice from Googlers heading to Consortium’s flagship MBA conference June 8-12.


From June 8-12 the Consortium Graduate Study in Mangemen’s 53rd annual Orientation Program (#CGSM53, also affectionately referred to as “OP”) will take place in Houston, Texas. Consortium awards merit-based, full-tuition fellowships to top MBA candidates who have a proven record of promoting diversity and  inclusion. 500+ incoming MBA students from 20 member schools will engage in this immersive experience where they’ll participate in various informational and networking opportunities with their educational institutions, dozens of corporate partners, and their peers.

A team of 20 Googlers, many of them proud Consortium alumni themselves, will be on the ground. Before the fun begins, Googlers offered their advice to students heading to OP and other career fairs, conventions, and conferences.

Editor’s note: all Googlers interviewed and cited will be on the ground at #CGSM53, be sure to drop by our booth and say, “Hi.” We’d love to meet you! 

Can you tell us about the resources you use to prepare for a conference?
“Quora, Financial results/reporting for each company, company websites, Glassdoor.”
- Gbadebo (Debo) Aderibigbe, Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management, Product Manager - GCP Cloud Services Platform
“I used Google and YouTube a lot to learn about various companies and industries, and to brush up on networking and interviewing skills. This was way before I even thought about working here!”
- Jonathan Beauford, Yale School of Management, Student Development Program Manager
What do you wish you knew before you attended your own Consortium OP?
“There is a lot of opportunity — and a lot of access, but you don't have to apply for every job! Come looking to learn. Ask questions in a space where you are competing less for resources/time than you will be during regular recruiting. Be open-minded to opportunities that drive you towards your ultimate goal for your MBA.
- Debo Aderibigbe
“Take the time to get to know people from other Consortium schools. You'll have the next two years to spend with your future classmates, but only a few days to network with hundreds of students from other schools. Make the most of it.”
- Ryan Steele, University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, Product Support Manager - G Suite

What was the most exciting part of your Consortium OP experience? Any magical moments?
“The conferences I attended during my pre-MBA experience were some of my first times being around so many ambitious people of color that looked like me. It was truly magical. I loved making new friends and connecting with students from other schools and I've been fortunate to grow quite close to some.”
- Tiffany Anderson, Emory University's Goizueta Business School, Product Support Manager - gTech
“The most exciting part of OP for me was the exposure to a wide variety of companies and industries that I hadn’t considered,  including Google. I was undecided on my post-MBA career path going into business school, and it was a great opportunity to learn about opportunities and industries that I otherwise may not have considered.”
- Ryan Steele

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
“It's easy to stretch yourself too thin in business school, focus on the things that you're passionate about and really interest you and dive into them!”
- Ben Schwartzbach, New York University - Stern School of Business, Product Specialist - Hardware
“Talk to all of the Googlers if you can and get their perspectives on what they and the others around them seem to do to be successful!”
-Debo Aderibigbe
“Google has opportunities in probably every function that you could think of (and some you wouldn't think of). Don't assume that there's no place for you here if you don't have technical skills or a particular experience. Focus on your transferable skills and keep an open mind in terms of how those skills might be applied to a new field.”
- Jonathan Beauford
“Be open about opportunities at Google. There are a lot opportunities to drive impact at Google as an intern and post-MBA full-time hire.”
- JoAnne Williams, Columbia Business School, Sr. Financial Analyst, Retail Marketing Finance

Any other advice for tackling a multi-day conference?
“All of the companies are there to get to know you! Use the opportunity to explore companies you may not have originally targeted”
- Jasmin Herrera, Tuck School of Business - Dartmouth College, Business Operations & Strategy Lead - Global Partnerships
“Do your research in advance and ask tough questions — it's a two-way experience! Be you — everyone else is taken! Smile and come say hi!”
- Tiffany Anderson
“Be your authentic self — always.”
- Dapo Adeshiyan 
Even if you're not at #CGSM53 we hope you can apply some of this advice to your next career fair, convention, or conference. 

My Path to Google: Brian Calbeck, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer

Welcome to the 33rd installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like, and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer, Brian Calbeck. Read on!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m from the Bay Area and grew up in Walnut Creek, CA. I received both my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree and a Masters in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I interned at Apple during grad school and joined Google upon graduating. I enjoy road and mountain cycling, traveling, and spending time with my wife and two daughters.

What’s your role at Google?
I’m a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer working on Google’s Data Center Infrastructure. My team figures out how and where to build the hardware that runs Google’s software. I love the challenge of working on cutting edge technology at a scale that you can’t find anywhere else. I’m currently working on building tensor processing unit (TPU) hardware to power our machine learning technology.

Complete the following: "I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for..."
I help build the hardware that runs Google.

What inspires you to come in every day?
I’m inspired by the scale and complexity of the work we do. It’s rare to work on products that will touch billions of people. I remember the first time I saw a demo of Google Photos and was amazed by the app’s ability to understand the content of my photos. Machine Learning is enabling amazing advancements in almost every industry and I love that I get to be at the forefront of that.

Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
I was really excited to apply to Google. I had always admired Google’s culture, but I never thought I would find a role as a Mechanical Engineer until I ran across the posting for my current role. I was skeptical that I’d get an interview since I was a new college grad and the role called for someone with more experience, but my dad encouraged me to take a chance so I applied.



What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
It’s easy to get frustrated with a hiring process when you don’t see everything that’s going on behind the scenes, but know that if you’re being considered for a role you’ve already made it past the hardest part. My recruiter did a great job of talking me through the process and helped me provide an honest and accurate picture of what I could bring to the job.

Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
I prepared by reviewing the details of some technical projects I spearheaded in college and put together a portfolio with visual aides. I wanted to make sure I could clearly recall the details of the projects I worked on and communicate them to my interviewers. Interviewers at Google want to know how you think through multi-faceted problems, so having examples fresh in your mind will help when communicating your skills.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Be honest about your experience, skills, and passions and be sure to communicate how these could strengthen your prospective team. When you’re early on in your college career, look for unique jobs and experiences that interest you and relate to your course of study. Your first internship probably won’t be your dream one. I spent two summers working in a machine shop. I started out sweeping the floors but worked my way up to running the machines. That job not only gave me great hands-on experience but helped me stand out when I went to apply for opportunities later on in my college career.

My Path to Google: Brian Calbeck, Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer

Welcome to the 33rd installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like, and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer, Brian Calbeck. Read on!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m from the Bay Area and grew up in Walnut Creek, CA. I received both my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree and a Masters in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). I interned at Apple during grad school and joined Google upon graduating. I enjoy road and mountain cycling, traveling, and spending time with my wife and two daughters.

What’s your role at Google?
I’m a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer working on Google’s Data Center Infrastructure. My team figures out how and where to build the hardware that runs Google’s software. I love the challenge of working on cutting edge technology at a scale that you can’t find anywhere else. I’m currently working on building tensor processing unit (TPU) hardware to power our machine learning technology.

Complete the following: "I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for..."
I help build the hardware that runs Google.

What inspires you to come in every day?
I’m inspired by the scale and complexity of the work we do. It’s rare to work on products that will touch billions of people. I remember the first time I saw a demo of Google Photos and was amazed by the app’s ability to understand the content of my photos. Machine Learning is enabling amazing advancements in almost every industry and I love that I get to be at the forefront of that.

Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
I was really excited to apply to Google. I had always admired Google’s culture, but I never thought I would find a role as a Mechanical Engineer until I ran across the posting for my current role. I was skeptical that I’d get an interview since I was a new college grad and the role called for someone with more experience, but my dad encouraged me to take a chance so I applied.



What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
It’s easy to get frustrated with a hiring process when you don’t see everything that’s going on behind the scenes, but know that if you’re being considered for a role you’ve already made it past the hardest part. My recruiter did a great job of talking me through the process and helped me provide an honest and accurate picture of what I could bring to the job.

Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
I prepared by reviewing the details of some technical projects I spearheaded in college and put together a portfolio with visual aides. I wanted to make sure I could clearly recall the details of the projects I worked on and communicate them to my interviewers. Interviewers at Google want to know how you think through multi-faceted problems, so having examples fresh in your mind will help when communicating your skills.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Be honest about your experience, skills, and passions and be sure to communicate how these could strengthen your prospective team. When you’re early on in your college career, look for unique jobs and experiences that interest you and relate to your course of study. Your first internship probably won’t be your dream one. I spent two summers working in a machine shop. I started out sweeping the floors but worked my way up to running the machines. That job not only gave me great hands-on experience but helped me stand out when I went to apply for opportunities later on in my college career.

Students spend a day with Area 120 — Google’s workshop for experimental products

Google launched from a Silicon Valley garage over 20 years ago, and the magic of garage-style entrepreneurialism is alive and well thanks to Area 120 — an experimental program within Google, aimed to help small teams build new products in an entrepreneurial environment.

Last month, 150 students gathered at Google’s NYC office for the first-ever Inspired@ Summit. The Inspired@ Summit was an opportunity for students to interact with Area 120 co-founders and team members, learn about current projects, and embrace Area 120’s entrepreneurial spirit of “try, experiment, and apply.”  We have gathered some of the key takeaways from the summit and hope that by the end of this post, you also find yourself inspired and ready to build, launch, and improve upon fresh ideas without fearing failure.

Fuzzy Khosrowshahi, an Engineering Director at Google, is serving as Area 120’s Founder-in-Residence. He’s also the co-founder of Google Sheets and helped jumpstart the day as the event’s keynote speaker, sharing his professional journey.  As a former history major, who used to run his own Subway sandwich franchise, Fuzzy reiterated that there is no uniform path to Google and that there are countless ways in which individuals discover their passions and capabilities, “each job offers a learning moment.”

While the Inspired@ Summit introduced attendees to a number of Googlers, the attendees were also invited to present and share their own stories.


One storyteller, Nia Asemota, a New York University first-year majoring in engineering, shared how she’s overcoming the challenges of being a woman in tech. In high school, she saw how she was relegated to more peripheral roles compared to her male counterparts on the school robotics team. As a result, she recognized a need to create her own space to enhance her engineering skills — one where she could thrive as a woman in tech and empower others along the way. Nia’s tenacity led her to go on to form her own all-female robotics team, and later become the only female leading the programming and electrical departments. Nia also became the first female pilot to represent her school in the International FIRST Robotics Competition.

Another student, Bethwel Kiplimo, shared how his path to technology began only three years ago. “Growing up in a rural village in Kenya, I never had a phone. I got my first one as a present from a local leader for performing exceptionally well in the national exams. The nonexistence of roads meant cars or any terrestrial machines beyond bicycles were foreign. However, planes flying high above the valley greatly fascinated me. I lived my childhood life studying so that I can one day build planes or at least get on one. At one time, this dream was lost because no university in Kenya offered aerospace engineering. However, my new phone rekindled the dream. Using Google, I was able to find an organization that paid for my SAT exams and gave me a chance to apply to Princeton. It took just a Google search and determination for me to pursue a dream conceived in the third grade while watching planes fly overhead in the early evenings in a remote Kenyan village, far removed from the rest of the world. This has completely redefined my relationship with technology and I am using it to promote access to education and drive change in my community, country, and our world.”

In addition to motivational talks, attendees had the opportunity to “try, experiment, and apply” in an interactive design thinking workshop led by Chris Ross, a Senior UX Engineer. The workshop introduced students to the creative problem-solving process of design thinking, which focuses on a user-centered approach to create a solution that is both technologically and economically feasible.

Afterwards students met with Area 120 team members and learned about their projects. We asked Googlers Laura Rokita of Pigeon, a “Waze-like app for the subway”, and Aayush Upadhyay of Augmented Reality (AR) Ads, the first project to graduate from Area 120 and evolve into its own team at Google, what career advice they would give students. Though Laura and Aayush had different career paths, they did share a similar overarching message: don’t always expect a linear path — pursue projects you’re interested in, experiment, and embrace where your learnings lead you.

The day concluded with an inspiring and memorable talk given by software engineer Eric Duran, as he touched on imposter syndrome and how he dealt with it. Eric is a New York native from East Harlem, and throughout his talk, he emphasized how this played a key role in his journey to Google. He reiterated the importance of persistence and confidence, “you can really do anything - nothing is stopping you. It’s all about what you tell yourself and [how hard you work]. It’s effort - Try. Experiment. Apply.”

Students who are interested in opportunities to be involved in the “testing” process of Area 120 products, can express interest by completing this application form.




My Path to Google: Reza Khan, Associate Account Strategist

Welcome to the 32nd installment of our blog series “My Path to Google.” These are real stories from Googlers, interns, and alumni highlighting how they got to Google, what their roles are like, and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post is all about Associate Account Strategist, Reza Khan. Read on!


Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I went to DePaul University and earned a Bachelor of Science in marketing with a concentration in sales leadership. I developed a love for selling and digital marketing through my internships (SWC Technology Partners and Adobe). When I am not working, I love spending time with my family, playing tennis, and watching Bollywood movies!

What’s your role at Google?
I am an Associate Account Strategist on the Google Customer Solutions (GCS) team. As a trusted advisor to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), I help them grow using Google's marketing solutions. I own a book of business of 120 SMBs and my ultimate goal is to help them find success with Google and ultimately grow their business. Working with SMBs brings a very unique opportunity because our clients wear many hats. The person doing the marketing, could be the same person doing the finances and running the operation.

My days often fall into two buckets: cold calling to schedule consultations with my clients, and having those consultations with my clients. I usually come in around 8 a.m. and start to plan out the consultations I will have with my clients that day. From around 9 - 11 a.m. I cold call and email my book of 120 clients to get more client consultations on the calendar. After outreach, I’ll spend the other gaps in my day taking those scheduled consultations with advertisers. It seems trivial to break the job up into two buckets, but those two buckets have helped me grow multiple skill sets. Being able to work at such scale and drive growth across so many businesses has been so rewarding.


Complete the following: "I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for …"
I create robust digital marketing strategies for SMBs.

What inspires you to come in every day?
I am extremely humbled by Google and the people who work at this extraordinary company. It is empowering to work for a company that puts its people first. I feel like I can bring my whole self to work due to the focus and effort that Google puts on diversity and inclusion, and there is truly no better feeling.

Can you tell us about your decision to enter the process?
I was a senior at DePaul University looking for opportunities in sales. I was always in awe of Google and never thought it was something I could reach for. I saw on the Google student careers site that they were hiring for the Account Strategist role in Ann Arbor, and the qualifications matched my experience. I felt that if I could show that I was made for this role, then maybe that would be enough for me to land a job at Google. My confidence in myself and abilities overcame my fear and I applied for my first job at Google.


How did the recruitment process go for you?
I was referred by a friend from college who worked in the role I was applying for. As I eagerly waited to hear back from my first screening interview, I couldn't help but think, "Wow. I just interviewed with Google." I felt that was an accomplishment in itself.

Once I heard back and knew I had a second interview, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Google interview myths like getting asked questions about how many golf balls could fit in an airplane!
Once the interviews were underway, I saw my interviewers just wanted to understand was how well I could think about and solve problems related to the role. Overall, I had a very seamless interview process and was well informed all throughout of what next steps looked like.

What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
During the interviews, one thing I wish I had known better, was myself. At the end of the day, interviews are just you talking about yourself. If you are self-aware and know what you excel in, what you can improve on, what you’re passionate about, and what you don't enjoy doing — then it becomes pretty easy to talk about yourself and what you bring to the table.

One thing that surprised me about the role was how much responsibility Google gives you from day one. You are given a book of business (managing a lot of clients) and it’s up to you to help them remain successful and grow profitably. Not only this, but my clients are seeking my advisement on how they should run their business. Coming into this role straight out of college, I never thought I would have so much influence and responsibility so early on, and I'm so grateful for that opportunity.


Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
The main resource I used to prepare for the role was the job posting itself. What the hiring manager is looking for is RIGHT THERE in the posting. For example, if they’re looking for someone who can "communicate effectively across various levels, including senior marketing leaders,” then I would make sure I had a story for how I have done exactly that. At the end of the day, take what they are looking for and talk about how you can manifest those specific skills.

Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring Googlers?
Never feel like Google is out of reach — Googlers are regular people. Find a role that you are passionate about, understand what qualifications they’re looking for, and work directly on building those skill sets.

Leading through Latinidad: takeaways from Google’s Hispanic Student Leadership Summit

Earlier this month, in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), 50 engineering and computer science student leaders from across the United States and Puerto Rico joined us in Austin, Texas for Google’s third annual Hispanic Student Leadership Summit (HSLS). The two days were filled with technical workshops, career discussions, lightning talks, and reflections on what it means to lead through Latinidad.

We gathered some of the biggest takeaways and pieces of advice from the summit below. Read on and visit buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com to stay in the loop on future student opportunities near you:


On navigating a career in tech:
“When I was struggling to figure out my career, I switched the framing and stopped worrying about what job I wanted to do and focused on what problems I wanted to solve.”
— Danyel Rios Printz, Google Senior User Experience Researcher


“I spent most of my career figuring it out, and I still am. It’s okay to be confused. Just follow what you’re good at and be transparent about that with everyone you meet.”
— Hector Ouilhet, Head of Design for Search, Assistant, and News at Google

“Hearing someone with 20 years of experience like Hector talk honestly about how confused he was early in his career and how he’s still figuring it out is inspirational to me. If he overcame hard times and confusion to get where he is today, then I can too.”
— Nuria Pacheco, student at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico


“In college I didn’t let myself believe that I’d be good enough to work at Google. I rejected myself from opportunities before anyone else could but my biggest advice is don’t reject yourself. Believe that you are good enough.”
— Jessica Slaughter, Google Software Engineer

On leading through Latinidad:
“Recognize your lived experiences as your superpowers and use them to drive you — you’ll shape the future for your family, community, and the world.”
— Joshua Gutierrez, Google University Programs Specialist & Summit Co-Lead


“We must create a new model of leadership that is people-oriented, community-based, and inclusionary. Latino leadership is about participation and leadership by the many.”
— Erika Barrios, student at Florida International University

“Being a Latino leader is about being a beacon for others. I want to be that example of what’s possible. Through high school and college I felt like I had people I could emulate, but in my career I didn’t find that so I want to be that for others.”
— Esteban Morales, Google gTech Technical Lead


“We all come from different places and have gone through different struggles, and I believe that leading through Latinidad means using your pain as a virtue. When we run into pain, it can serve as a talking point for us as a community. For me, being comfortable with your struggle promotes conversation — your pain can be a virtue for not just for you, but for others.
— Immanuel Garcia, student at the University of Maryland, College Park

On the importance of mentorship and community:
“Mentors can come in many different shapes, sizes, and ages — so be open to different experiences. Some of my best mentors in life and career have been very unexpected.”
— Laura Marquez, Head of Latino Community Engagement at Google


“Seek out every opportunity to put yourself out there, even with situations that might make you uncomfortable. You never know who might cross your path and influence your career and life trajectory — and vice versa.”
— Jake Foley, Google University Programs Specialist & Summit Co-Lead

“Even within the Latinx community, there is so much complexity to our identities, but we still share a lot of core values. When we come together for a Latinx event, we celebrate the diversity among us, but our leadership abilities come from our deeper identities. There’s so much power that we take from that.”
— Jaqueline Villalpa Arroyo, student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock


“Just like tech connects people from all over, we’re well equipped with our Latinidad to enhance connectivity among our peers. We can lead the world and tech industry towards the cognitive diversity that drives innovation and creativity.”
— Erika Barrios, student at Florida International University

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Code Next: finding friends and community in computer science

Meet Akeena Hall and Daniella Billini Rodriguez—best friends and two of the students in Google's Code Next program in Harlem. Code Next is a free computer science education program that meets Black and Latinx high school students in their own communities. Today, Akeena and Daniella joined us to discuss the impact friends and community can have when learning how to code and what it’s really like to be a young woman interested in coding.


What got you interested in computer science and coding? 

Akeena: I didn’t know anything about computer science until I was in sixth grade. I went to the school Daniella was previously going to, Bronx Community Charter School. It was really interesting to me because it was something I wasn’t exposed to before. It was something that stuck to me. I was in Girls Who Code sixth through seventh grade, and then I started getting more involved in technology and robotics.

Daniella: I started when I was in third grade. When Akeena came to my school in sixth grade, I was already involved [in computer science]. I’d like to thank my technology teacher — we started off with Blocky, an hour of code, and then Google CS First. I really liked the way she taught CS. It was fun to create something of my own.

What does support look like to the both of you? How do you support one another?

Akeena: If I don’t know how to do something, but it’s Daniella’s strong suit or Daniella doesn’t know how to do something and it's my strong suit — we help each other. It’s basically a balance of skills and characteristics, learning in diversity. At Code Next we laugh together, but it’s because we’re a community. If we didn't feel safe to have a group chat, we couldn’t do this. It’s all about being able to share the same interests and be comfortable.

Daniella: AND be weird with each other!

Akeena:  We’re very weird, and it’s so cool. I’ve never been exposed to such a weird, intelligent group of people before. I feel like community is a bunch of people who share common ground, common interests, and who support each other in different ways.

Daniella: We have each other. If I don’t get something — I’ll ask one of my peers. And when people need help, they’ll come to me or I’ll go up and do the problem on the board so they can see what I’m actually doing. I think that’s what support looks like.  

How does it feel being young women in computer science?

Daniella: It kind of feels weird, being in a room full of men sometimes. It can be really intimidating, but at the end of the day, I feel so powerful knowing what I do know. If any girl loves computer science I’m like, “heck yeah! Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Akeena: When I was told girls were underrepresented in the technology field, I didn’t feel a certain way because I was always involved in communities that were so inclusive. But then I got to high school, and the first day of school I realized that 71% of our school are males. I started to realize how many girls were in the room. It empowered me to do other things. 

What types of things?

Akeena: I just recently started a club, where we’re bringing the limited amount of girls in our school together and empowering each other by sharing and learning from our own experiences. I was taught to be a facilitator by Girls Inc. and brought it to my school with other friends.

What do you want people to know about you?

Akeena: I want people to know that I take education seriously. I really fought to have the education I have and to just be able to be in the environment I'm in. Not to toot my own horn, but, Toot Toot!

Daniella: I definitely agree. I take my education very seriously and it’s one thing I don't really play around with.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Daniella: I really love the ocean. I’m very much a humanitarian. I really want to be a marine biologist, but I might want to become a computer scientist.

Akeena: Honestly, when people ask me, I don’t even know what to say because I don't think there’s a stop to what I want to and could do. I do want to be a computer scientist, but I was thinking about starting a curriculum for girls who want to get involved in the technology field. I don’t know. I just want to do so many things!



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