How to Get a Job at Google

Maybe Google values skills you learn in college,  not necessarily the college degree itself.

I know anyone reading this blog knows Google but perhaps you may not have considered what is required to work for the tech giant.

In an article published on April 19, 2014,  New York Times writer Thomas Friedman shares some of his conversation with Mr. Laszlo Bock, who is in charge of all hiring at Google.  (They hire about 100 new people each week.)

Mr. Bock stresses the importance of creating value with what you know.  He cautions that having a college degree does not guarantee that you will have the skills or traits to do any job.

The first thing Google looks for in a new hire is general cognitive ability or the ability to learn new things and solve problems.  Having the ability to understand and apply information is essential.  A solid liberal arts education will help.

The New College GuideIn compiling your resume, Mr. Bock recommends framing your strengths by demonstrating that what you have accomplished will create value.  Be explicit about the thought process behind why you did something.

College is a huge investment of time and money and you should think long and hard about what you are getting in return. Make sure, Mr. Bock recommends, that you are learning the skills that will be valued in today’s workplace.

In my book, The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out & Get a Job, I talk about skills college students should develop in college and how to find colleges or universities that will help you develop those skills.

What are college graduate job skills?

One tends to read quite a bit, these days, about college graduate job skills (or the lack thereof).

Let me be very clear:  I do not believe you should enroll in college just to get a job.  

Neither should your major be a subject in which you have little or no interest only because the job prospects are good. College is much more.  It is a time to explore your interests and discover new talents. It’s a time to make life-long friendships.

The unemployment rate for college graduates was 3.8% last year. (High school graduates had an unemployment re of 7.4 %.)  But in a collaborative report between The Chronicle of Higher Education and American Public Media’s Marketplace, published in March of 2013, about 50% of 700 employers who participated in the study said they had trouble finding qualified college graduates to fill positions in their company. 

According to the employers in the study, college graduates need to have the following skills:

  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Flexibility
  • Knowing how retrieve and use information in a workplace situation.

College GuideThe New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job recommends:

  • Be your own advocate.
  • Go through the list of employable skills as you progress from your first to last year.
  • Be certain you are the graduate that future employers need and want.

The College Corporate Connection; or lack thereof

The college-corporate connection isn’t always a tight one, especially when it comes to views of employment following graduation.

A recent blog published by Intead outlined the differences between what college presidents think is important in getting a job after graduation and what employers believe is important.

Among the findings:

  • College presidents believe that a school’s reputation, a graduate’s internships, major, GPA, and employment during college were the most important factors.
  • Employers believe that internships, employment during college, college major, volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities were important when evaluating a potential employee.  College GPA and reputation came in last. 
  • Headlines stress how many college graduates are looking for jobs while living in their parents’ basements.  But that is only part of the story.  Employers have jobs that they cannot fill because college graduates do not have the necessary skills.
  • Increasingly corporations are partnering with colleges and universities to meet their future workforce needs to comprar cialis sin receta.  For example, IBM has created the Academic Initiative, and is working with colleges and universities to develop curricula that will help college graduates develop data skills needed to meet “Big Blue’s” future workforce needs.  Georgetown University, Northwestern University, the National University of Singapore and the University of Missouri are all participating schools.

The New College GuideThe New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out and Get a Job recommends:

  • Meeting with staff in your school’s career counseling office to learn of any corporate partnerships.
  • Also get a list of all internships and off-site work opportunities.  
  • Be your own advocate and plot your own employment experience while in college.
  • You now know this is important to future employees.

College Graduates Earn More, Get Better Jobs

mortar boardHow many articles have you read lately suggesting college graduates are no better off in the workforce than people without college degrees?

Articles questioning the “worth” of a college education seem to be plentiful in recent months.

Let’s take a look at some statistics and maybe this information will help some admission counselors respond when this question is asked: is a college degree worth the cost?

Positive Facts

According to an article written by Catherine Rampell in The New York Times last year:

  • The unemployment rate for college graduates last year was 3.9%, compared with a 7.5% unemployment rate for the work force as a whole. Among all segments of workers sorted by educational attainment, college graduates are the only group that has more people employed today than when the recession started.
  • The number of college-educated workers has increased by 9.1% since the beginning of the recession.
  • Employment for students who have some college credits, but not a degree, decreased since the beginning of the recession.
  • In 2012, the typical full-time worker with an undergraduate degree earned 79% more than a high school graduate. Thirty years earlier the percentage was 48%.
  • As of April 2011, about 32% of Americans had a college degree. Twenty years ago this statistic was 22%.
  • According to an analysis from the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institute in Washington, the benefits of a college education was equivalent to an investment that returns 15.2 % a year.
  • The media has focused on the minority of college graduates who are surfing the web looking for work, living in their parents’ basements and working in jobs that a short while ago, did not require a college degree. All that may be true for some graduates. It’s not true for all.

In next week’s blog you will read about the marriage of enrollment managers with career counselors to achieve enrollment success.

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College graduates earn more; the cost of not going to college

Most families worry about the cost of college, student and parent debt and getting a good job after graduation.  

But have you ever considered the costs of not going to college? The Pew Research Center, published a report in October, 2013, comparing 2,000 Millennials, (adults aged 25 to 32), with college degrees and those with high school diplomas. This is what the research found:

  • College graduates will earn about $17,500 more a year than adults with just a high school diploma.
  • Millennials with a high school diploma can expect to earn 62% of what a typical college graduate earns.
  • College graduates are less likely to be unemployed – 3.8% vs.12.2%.
  • 90% of college graduates say their college degree has already paid off.
  • 22% of high school graduates are living in poverty, compared with 6% of college graduates.

MillennialsCollege graduates were asked what they would have done differently in college. Here is what they shared with the researchers:

  • Would have gained more employment experience while in school.
  • Would have started looking for a job sooner than or picked a different major.
  • Would have studied harder.

Whenever you feel discouraged or feel that college is not worth the investment of time and money, review these statistics.