Hello hello Beauts, babes & other life forms!
Today’s post is going to be a bit different than my usual “awesome stuff I did/ bought this week” type of post. Although I do include my latest YouTube vid at the end which is a beautybox review comparing two Dutch beautyboxes *spoiler: they’re both pretty awesome*
The other thing that I wanted to share with you guys is about Google. If you follow me on Instagram and or Facebook you probably already know that I got accepted to attend an all expenses paid 3 day trip to the European Google HQ in Dublin Ireland… and if you didn’t know… well now you do! It’s a pretty great opportunity and I’m lucky to have been selected. A few people have asked me how I managed to get selected, and although I don’t know the complete selection criteria I thought I’d share how it went for me.
1. If you can, start preparing yourself years/months in advance. This means strategically participate in free Google programmes: strategically choose your courses, major, and try to diversify your academic background and experience.
In my first year of uni I joined a group of students and did the Google Online Marketing Challenge. And although we didn’t win or anything, it does give you much needed knowledge on tools such as Google Adwords and Analytics* AND it shows Google that you are interested in their company. So put some effort into preparing yourself before you apply. Also I wanted a broad and diverse academic a background. So my bachelor was in International Communication and media, while my current master (I will be doing 2) is in Management of Innovation.
*(If you don’t have any knowledge on online marketing yet, Google offers a great amount of free online classes)
2. Be active next to your studies. For me I have always been active at uni next to my studies. I became a university ambassador, I was a chairman/woman of a marketing and acquisition committee, I helped with the setup and operations of the Introduction week, etc. This shows that you can manage your time, have diverse interests and depending on what you do, it can also show that you have experience with leadership positions, teamwork and that you are involved in your community.
3. Find backing, show excellence, build a network. This step is a bit harder to do. In essence what I mean is that you must find someone/an organization that will back you and give you references. In my case I was lucky and I was nominated for an excellence award which is given to students of non-western origins who show excellence in their academic career (ECHO). To be honest I did not even know ECHO existed and I was nominated by my bachelor degree coordinator while I was on exchange in Korea. For this reason I wasn’t very aware of the value of being a member of this network. I honestly have to say that I wouldn’t have known about this opportunity if it was not for them (that’s why luck is also one of the important factors here).
So anyway, about a month ago I received an email from Echo inviting me to apply for the programme and a special invite code (you can also apply without a code). So At the time I only had a week to write a motivation, find someone who would write me a letter of recommendation and collect all the needed documents and information. I contacted my thesis adviser who was kind enough to write me a letter of recommendation. In my motivation letter I made sure to stress my previous experiences with Google, how my academic background and experiences matched with Google but also how an experience with Google could help me.
4. Be lucky. With be lucky I don’t mean just sit and wait for good things to happen. I am a firm believer of the fact that we create our own luck and our own destiny. If you work hard, stay focused and take the right steps, then your chances of encountering an opportunity go up. Luck is a result of all the steps you took before.
So my advice is to 1. show excellence, 2. Actively search for opportunities connected to Google both directly and indirectly, 3. Start networking and meeting people, you never know what might come out of it. 4. Work hard (& strategically) and be lucky
*Keep in mind that taking such steps will not guarantee you a job at Google, but for a company that receives over “2.5 million applications a year. That’s equal to 6,849 per day and about 5 per minute” (!!! Dayummm) every contact and exposure with the company can help increase your odds of eventually getting hired.
So that was it for today! If you have any specific questions just ask them! I’m happy to answer them all. Thank you for reading and till next time!
As promised I am including my latest vid at the end 😀