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From Lagos to London, this marketer is making an impact

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.

Today’s post features Oiza Sadiq, an Associate Product Marketing Manager based in Lagos, Nigeria (soon to be London) who seeks ways to make real-life impact through her work.

What do you do at Google?
I’m an Associate Product Marketing Manager (APMM) at Google. The APMM program is a two-year rotational development program for early-career digital marketers. During our rotations, we work on different teams across Google Marketing to get experience and build our skills. In my current role as a Growth Strategist on the Growth Lab team, I work with product marketers to develop strategies and campaigns to help people better understand how to use Google products.

What have been the driving forces behind your career?

I’ve always been passionate about helping individuals and businesses grow. I get fulfillment from seeing people impacted by either the knowledge I share or the work I do — through creating campaigns, supporting product marketers, launching new features or learning more about our users. And I know that I can’t give what I don’t have, which is why I’m so driven to find inspiration and success myself.

Oiza, wearing a Google t-shirt, smiles and holds up the two-finger “peace” sign in front of the Google logo.

Oiza in our Lagos, Nigeria office

How would you describe your path to Google?

When I got to university, I learned about a group of students — the Google Student Ambassadors (GSA) — who shared resources and trained other students on Google products. I was drawn to how helpful and knowledgeable they were, so I joined the program in my second year.

After building my skills as a Google Student Ambassador, I landed my first job after university as a project and campaign manager at a digital agency. I eventually reached out to a Googler, who led the GSA program at the time, and told her I wanted to take on more challenging projects and someday become a Googler like her. She shared that there was an open contract role at Google for a Strategic Partner Manager, who would help establish partnerships to provide public Wi-Fi in Nigeria. She encouraged me to apply and put my best foot forward.

So I did, interviewed and got the role. After 16 months in that position, I transferred to the APMM program — and now, here I am.

What surprised you about the interview process?

I typically dread interviews, because it feels like you are in a hot seat trying to prove and convince people of your worth. So when I spoke with my Google interviewers, I was surprised that it felt like any other chat. Everyone was friendly and engaging, which really helped me be myself.

Oiza, with her arms crossed and wearing black glasses and an orange top, smiles at the camera for a headshot image.

What’s next for you at Google?
As part of my second rotation with the APMM program, I’m moving to London to join my new team. As a Growth Specialist, I’ll look after markets like Northern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe — and my home, Sub Saharan Africa (I’m from Kogi State, Nigeria and started in Google’s Lagos office).

And what excites you outside of your role?

Outside of my role, I love working with secondary school students and giving career talks and digital skills training. I also do voice-overs for events, including speaker introductions and program announcements.

Any tips for anyone hoping to join Google?

Be your authentic self, put your best foot forward and apply for that role!

How dreaming big and daring to fail led Chai to Google

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about 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 Chai Madan, a Google Cloud consultant in our Singapore office, who is passionate about making a difference through her work.

What do you do at Google?

As a Google Cloud consultant in Singapore, I work on infrastructure and security projects with some of Google Cloud’s customers in Southeast Asia. I love partnering with enthusiastic customers who want to change the world through their business, and seeing the impact of our work on everyday life — from booking a cab here in Singapore to ordering gifts for my parents online. Cloud computing is making this possible, which is why I’m proud to do this work.

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m Malayalee and was raised in Dubai until I was 17 years old, when I moved to India to enroll in university. When I’m not working, I’m most likely having fun with friends and family, fitness training, listening to podcasts, exploring restaurants or traveling around the world (at least, before the pandemic).

Chai, in a green shirt and black jacket, is standing behind a wooden table with a large Google Cloud logo sitting on it. Hanging on the wall in the background is Van Gogh’s self portrait, part of the exhibit she’s visiting.

Chai visiting an exhibit on Google’s ARCore, our platform for building augmented reality experiences

Why were you interested in this role?

Throughout my career, I’ve gravitated towards new and exciting areas in the tech industry. This includes the cloud computing space, which is where most businesses around the world are heading. And now, in keeping with my personal mantra of “dream big and dare to fail,” I'm starting a new role on Google Cloud’s Digital Natives team, where I'll help businesses with their digital transformation programs. I can't wait to use my skills and experience to make an impact with those customers, and I’m excited for the challenge.

What’s your daily source of inspiration?

I’m inspired by the fact that I enjoy my work. Particularly, I enjoy seeing and experiencing our impact in action. Outside of my core role, I also like participating in our fun work events. Last year, my daughter joined me for Google’s virtual Take Your Child to Work Day and won prizes for designing her own Google Doodle and making a Google-themed snack at home.

Chai, in a green shirt, black jacket, and black mask, is sitting on a couch in front of a window. On both sides of the couch are three stacked boxes that say “Google Cloud” and feature Cloud’s logo.

Chai attending a Google Cloud event

What was your application and interview process like?

I applied directly on the Google Careers website and heard back from a recruiter shortly afterward, who asked to set up a phone call. I remember thinking “It’s just a first round with the recruiter,” so I didn’t prepare much — gee, was I in for a surprise! My recruiter knew the requirements for the role and conducted a mini interview. I was a little stunned, but she ultimately helped me see that I had what it took to succeed. I had never felt so supported during an interview before. I would encourage anyone interested in exploring roles at Google to apply without hesitation!

Any advice for aspiring Googlers?

Have a strategy, but be open to tweaking it along the way. You will make mistakes, but you can learn from them. Once your interview is scheduled, practice, practice, practice. Write things down and do mock interviews. And finally, don't wait for a job description to be a 100% match. As long as you are passionate about the role and feel like you can get the hang of it, apply and make your mark!

A Googler’s story of overcoming obstacles and doubts

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about 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 Ernesto Gutierrez — a Partner Development Manager in our Mexico City office — and the obstacles he overcame on his journey to Google.

What’s your role at Google?

As an ISV Partner Development Manager at Google Cloud, I am responsible for opening the ISV (Independent Software Vendors) area in Mexico. Our goal is to help these software vendors use the Google Cloud Platform, and I help them do this. One of the things I really enjoy about this role is that I get to meet and promote so many passionate partners throughout the region.

What’s your typical work day like?

In the morning, I check my schedule to see what adventures await me throughout the day. I then wake up my 4-year-old twins — my motivation and the reason for everything I do. Together, we head to my home office, where they occasionally join in on my meetings throughout the day. These meetings are often with my partners to review our progress and identify challenges. Each partner has a very particular vision of the future and the strategy we need to get there — I learn a lot from them. I also meet with my manager to go over what I’ve learned and the way I think we should move forward. Last, I devote time to closing out pending issues and planning my next day. I spend the rest of my evening in my most important role — having fun and laughing with my twins.

Ernesto, in a dark blue button down with the top two buttons undone, speaking at a Google marketing event.

Ernesto speaking at a Google Marketing event.

What was your path to this role like?

Since I was a student, I dreamed of working at Google. However, I feared I lacked the professional experience needed to apply, so I didn't until I received an email from a Google recruiter. During my interviews I focused on just being myself — and I got an offer.

When I joined Google, I became Partner Manager for large agencies in Latin America and was responsible for promoting the use of data driven marketing. I was constantly learning new things. Around this time, I realized that the future is cloud computing, so I decided to make the change to my current role. While I didn’t have much experience with Google Cloud before, I am grateful for the ample opportunity I was given to grow into this role.

What resources did you use to prepare for your interview?

I prepared a lot for my interviews. I started by researching and reading everything I could find about Google’s Marketing Platform until I understood very well where the company was going. I also studied other companies in this space, which gave me a lot of clarity around how the same industry objective can be approached from different perspectives. Once I learned all of this information, I organized my thoughts around my own career. I reread the success stories from what I developed or participated in and I practiced articulating how my focus on innovation could add to Google's objectives. I also spoke with people who worked in companies similar to Google to measure my knowledge and test answers to possible complex questions. And finally, the support and trust of my family before and after each interview helped me get here.

Ernesto, in a black T-shirt and blue jeans, holding his Noogler hat and smiling to the camera.

Ernesto proudly holding his Noogler hat.

Any tips for aspiring Googlers?

Be your true self, and don’t be afraid to apply because you feel inadequate. Google looks for people capable of learning and problem-solving over people who have complete technical mastery. After you apply, be sure to prepare for the interview so you are able to confidently speak about yourself and your experiences.

What’s something people might not know about you?

I was born with a cleft lip, a condition that required seven surgeries, years of speech therapy and counseling to cope with the bullying. This condition made it difficult for me to speak publicly and socialize. But my mother challenged me to have big aspirations — she pushed me to dream big regardless.

Today I’m an Ambassador of the Smile Train Foundation, an organization helping children born with cleft palates and lips. I’m committed to inspiring these children that they can achieve any dream they set their minds to. I am extremely grateful for everything I have.

What advice do you have for your past self?

Never be afraid to express when I don’t know, and never try to hide my cleft lip and palate. Acknowledge that if I don’t know how to do something today, I can learn it tomorrow.