I was just reading a fascinating blog post about what it takes to get a job at Google and an even more interesting infographic that went with it. Well, it’s not so much that I wouldn’t want to work for Google, a few years ago I was contacted by a recruiter for Google about a contract job for Blogger – which I was using a lot at the time.
At the time that they contacted me, I was homesick for Southern California because I’m a SoCal girl at heart and though driving and traffic are annoying to me, I prefer the climate and my friends in this area. Not many people would choose San Francisco over Orange County, but I realize I’m not a city girl even though I would like to work in a city.
Another reason I decided not to go with it was because at the time, my career goals were fairly unclear. I was even more all over the place in what I wanted to do than I am now. For now, I want to be a Front End Developer – not a designer or anything else. Back then, I was interested in writing, video production, multimedia, graphic design, etc. All interesting things, but not all what I really wanted. Though I do enjoy art and creative things, I’m not as creative as I want to be and this keeps me from pursuing that kind of work.
My boyfriend is a huge fan of Google, Android, Chrome, and all things related to that. I like them, but I’ve always been a supporter of Apple and at the time, I was a bit foolish in thinking I’d rather work at an Apple Store than work at Google – even though I had no retail experience and I would probably hate it. The few people who do know about my choice not to pursue the experience of working at a place like Google asked me why I wouldn’t pursue it and can I still try?
Nope, I can’t turn back time and I can’t take back my choices. Maybe someday I’ll be what they want and I will get a chance to work there, but for now I’ll do what I can to gain the experience in web development that might lead me to being an awesome employee that any company would be crazy not to keep. I haven’t earned that right yet, but it’s my hope to be the type of front end developer that no company could turn down or ever want to dispose of. In this economy, being disposable is so common and that’s the last thing I ever want to be.