Honestly not surprised at all that I haven’t posted since September, but I’m really starting to miss this space and I have so many things to share with y’all! I’m currently sitting in my OS class dozing because I haven’t been here in a month (my b) and I can’t function at 9am so why not knock out a life update post instead of not learning?
I’ll start with the big news so this isn’t *totally* a clickbait post: I got a job! This has been a LONG time coming, since I’ve been interviewing in some capacity since September 2014, and I can’t exaggerate enough how mentally exhausting that’s been. I’m planning to write a post or series about technical interviews and handling the stress that comes along with them because there really aren’t a lot of resources out there that give advice other than “just keep practicing!”, which isn’t exactly encouraging after getting rejected from 100+ companies. I’m in a Facebook group with thousands of other technical women, and the most common posts from undergrads are about this exact situation, so I feel like I should take advantage of this platform I’ve been given to share what I’ve learned and hopefully help some women entering college that are just starting this process!
I didn’t do a single technical internship (or any internship for that matter) during my time in college, which had me even more worried going into my full-time search. It’s basically a doctrine in tech that you do at least one internship before graduating, so anyone that doesn’t get one is left feeling like they’re pretty screwed from the start. After applying to practically every company I could think of that had a new-grad engineering position, I ended up with about 6 interviews.
My goal going into the semester was to have a job offer by Thanksgiving, and I made that deadline with 3 days to spare. To be honest, I didn’t apply to Google once during my first three years of college. Everyone told me it’s insanely hard to get into and the technical interviews are impossible to pass, so I scared myself into not applying. I still wasn’t totally confident this year, but I needed every opportunity I could get, so I went for it.
Despite all doubts I had about myself, last week I accepted an offer to join Google as an Engineering Resident in Seattle!
It’s still a little surreal to think I don’t have to interview anymore. That process consumed so much of my time and energy that it just became a part of my daily life, which was incredibly unhealthy to say the least. I’m beyond excited to be given this opportunity, especially in the city I’ve dreamed of moving to for years and at a company that’s literally changing the world every day.
With all this extra time I have now, I’m determined to get this blog running again and actively interact with y’all. I want to write stuff that helps people, and part of that means writing more personal posts. I love reading personal posts on other blogs, especially from women who are a little older than me and pursuing careers in tech, because it’s like having a digital mentor. I know I can reach out to them with any questions I have about their life, and I want my readers to feel the same level of openness here!
Other than that, I’m committed to keeping this blog niche-less and free for me to post pretty much whatever I want, so be prepared for a gingerbread house party recap and unnecessary opinion posts about dumb things like how I’m going to have to switch from Spotify to Apple Music to get the full experience from Apple’s HomePod.