Tom Friedman’s “How to Get a Job at Google”

It is good because it quotes the Sr. VP in charge of hiring on the five attributes that companies like Google are looking for in an employee.  Here is the link http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

I want to point out the following statement from Tom Friedman,

“…For most young people…going to college and doing well is still the best way to master the tools needed for many careers. But Bock is saying something important to them, too: Beware. Your degree is not a proxy for your ability to do any job. 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)…”

There is an implilcation here that most people “master the tools needed for many careers”.  As I have pointed out here, that is not always true.  As David Riesman pointed out, “…the “wants” of students to which competing institutions, departments, and individual faculty members cater are quite different from the “needs” of students…”  So be careful and make sure you are getting what you “need” to get a good job and not what some students “want”.

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