Skills for longevity and promotion at Google – aka the case for loving your humanities degree

Ever wonder what the eight top characteristics of success at Google are?  Even if your answer to that question is “no” (points for honesty!), I encourage you to read on – because they’re not what you might think they would be, and the top 7 have nothing to do with being able to write code.  Technology alone, my friends, is not enough.

The 7 most important skills of Google’s top employees:

  • Being a good coach
  • Communicating and listening well
  • Possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view)
  • Having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues
  • Being a good critical thinker and problem solver
  • Being able to make connections across complex ideas

Google will always hire engineers and data scientists – and that’s great!  But you know who else Google will also always be hiring, after they dug deep into their employee data? Philosophy, Sociology, English and GWSS majors – and that list goes on!  Bring your empathetic, curious-about-humans, critical thinking self to the table and it’s amazing what you’ll find awaits you.  Need some help thinking about finding that table and getting on up to it?  Let our team help – we offer a variety of services to support you in identifying and navigating your next steps.

Check out the full article – and some other fascinating points uncovered through a Google-sanctioned project analyzing data related to team performance, at the Washington Post’s website.

By Emma O'Neill-Myers
Emma O'Neill-Myers Associate Director of Employer Relations Emma O