The Year 12 Economics class had a most interesting visitor recently. USC Old Scholar, Ed Carlson, graduated from USC five years ago and since then has spent some years working with Google in Sydney and recently returned to Adelaide with his own tech start-up.
Ed spoke to the class of the arduous process involved in gaining one of those highly sought-after positions with Google. Seven interview stages are involved, which emphasise skill and creativity in problem-solving, leadership, and ascertaining whether a candidate has the key attributes sought by that company. A positive nature, being non-judgemental, self-confidence, friendliness, ability to work with others, empathy and compassion were some desirable attributes that Ed mentioned.
He recommended that students involve themselves in such activities as volunteering, charity work and sport, along with casual employment in the paid workforce, to present potential employers with a more comprehensive picture of themselves rather than just providing an academic transcript, however good it might be. We thank Ed for giving us his time, and wish him well in his new venture.