Here is the article: How to Get a Job at Google
I found this article to be very interesting. The first thing that stood out to me was that “G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring.” I think they do a good job of further explaining that when they say that “IF your good grades truly reflect skills in those areas,” then it would be an advantage. Unfortunately it is true that grading and final grades are so reliant on the teacher and the choices they make, so it does not always genuinely reflect the student’s performance in the class or knowledge of the material.
The number one thing Google looks for is “general cognitive ability, or learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the fly.” I think this is the main purpose of common core, so in that sense, I do think we are preparing our students to get a job at Google. I agree with this philosophy, because while specific examples and protocol may be nice, it’s important to have a general understanding so that you can think critically and problem solve. That, in turn, makes your knowledge malleable so you can be moldable and flexible in new situations.
Leadership, humility, and ownership are some of the other things Google looks for when hiring people. Common Core is focused on students working together in groups. That is one way that we are preparing students to be leaders when working with a team. The important thing for them to know, however, is how to work with different teams, because they need to know appropriate times to be a leader and when it’s okay to let someone else lead. They need to be a team player, not just a leader. In regards to humility, when working in a group it is important to realize, acknowledge, and accept that other people in your group may have ideas, and that those ideas may be better than yours.
Friedman, T. L. (2014, February 22). How to Get a Job at Google. Retrieved December 05, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/23/opinion/sunday/friedman-how-to-get-a-job-at-google.html?_r=2