In Friedman’s (2014) article, “How to Get a Job at Google,” the author comments on an interview between Adam Bryant and Laszlo Bock, who is Google’s senior vice president of people operations, and argues that, although Google attracts and seeks for more than just traditional metrics like academic performance and talent in the people they hire, going to college and doing well in one’s academic life remains the best way to master the tools required for numerous careers (Friedman, 2014). He reasons that many tasks would still need skills in math, computing, and coding, and having good grades that reflect these skills serve as an advantage for many hopeful job applicants. He adds, “The world only cares about — and pays off on — what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it). And in an age when innovation is increasingly a group endeavor, it also cares about a lot of soft skills — leadership, humility, collaboration, adaptability and loving to learn and re-learn. This will be true no matter where you go to work” (Friedman).
In response to the article, I agree with Friedman in saying it is still important to finish college while finding the balance to cultivate our soft skills. For example, to become a Googler, one must possess excellent general cognitive (learning) ability, emergent leadership, a cultural fit, and expertise (Lamont, 2015), as well as intellectual humility and ownership, and expertise (Friedman, 2014). I also agree that the things Google looks for in the people they hire are synonymous to what other companies when hiring their people. This combination of knowledge and skills is undeniably crucial in one’s future success, especially when it comes to finding a fruitful career that one loves.
Furthermore, in the interview with Brock, Bryant (2013) reveals that Brock believes G.P.A.’s and test scores were worthless as criteria for hiring because they cannot predict the overall performance of the employees. In fact, 14 percent of a team is comprised of individuals who have never gone to college (Bryant, 2013). Additionally, the interview also revealed that an employee’s ability to perform at Google becomes entirely unrelated to how he or she performed in school after working at Google for two to three years (Bryant, 2013). I would like to point out that these testimonials may send a different message to young individuals or students like me. I understand the points that Google’s Bock and these authors are making. However, I think that we should not discount the advantages that quality college education brings to each graduate and potential employer. If we can find the balance between doing well in our academic life and honing our soft skills, I believe that such person would be unstoppable and would most likely get hired. This is due to my belief that doing well in school requires dedication and hard work, leading to the development of not only cognitive abilities but the growth of a positive, holistic wellbeing of each person.