I created a screencast that introduces Coggle.it as a resource for mind mapping.
Google is seen as an ideal job for many young people. It is an innovative company that provides many benefits for its employees that is only going to grow in the coming years. So how might you go about getting hired at google? What traits are this powerful company looking for in its new employees? More importantly, what do these desired traits tell us about how we can prepare students for careers at companies like Google? In his Op-ed “How to Get a Job at Google" (article link), three time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas Friedman discusses the traits that the senior vice president of people operations for Google (Laszlo Bock) says are paramount in the hiring process.
When hiring new employees Google looks at “five hiring attributes” that are common across the company as a whole. These five attributes (in order of importance) are:
I might summarize these traits further as:
The most striking thing to me when looking at this list is how far down expertise is on this list of attributes. Other traits are much more important to Google. As I have discussed in other blog posts the skills we teach students perhaps more than the content itself will be what allows them to be successful in their future endeavors. These are certainly traits that we can help students develop during their time in school. It all comes down to how content is approached and assignments designed. We can as educators help prepare students for an employer like Google if we emphasize these traits within the classroom.
I will make one note however, in the article Laszlo Bock states that GPA is not very important to them. A company as powerful as Google likely has its pick of the litter in terms of highly qualified applicants. With that kind of applicant pool they can afford to put other traits as much more paramount than metrics like academic achievement. One could argue however that some of the traits that they emphasize (for example ownership) can also can be seen within these metrics. I agree that many of these traits can be larger indicators of success than academic achievement, however I do believe that academic achievement can be telling unless there has been a large shift in attitude from the student. In addition, there might have been incompatibilities with their education or other mitigating circumstances.
Friedman, T. (2014). How to Get a Job at Google. Nytimes.com. Retrieved 29 November 2015, from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?_r=1
thekeenblog,. (2015). Google_logo-hiring. Retrieved from http://thekeenblog.com/2015/07/15/wanna-know-the-best-hiring-plan-google-it/