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.
In 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.