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Q&A with Jerry Lee, Senior Strategy & Operations Manager at Google, on remote working tips and his passion for helping others in career development.

By the Offsyte Team, August 14, 2020

Jerry is currently a Senior Strategy & Operations Manager at Google. He is from Torrance, California and graduated summa cum laude from Babson College. After graduating, Jerry was hired by Google as the youngest analyst in his organization, and was promoted multiple times over 2 years. Outside of work, Jerry partners with universities & organizations (125+ to date) to help others land into their dream careers. He’s amassed 50,000+ followers and has reached 10M+ professionals.

You may have seen some of Jerry’s posts on LinkedIn, like this one:

We sat down with Jerry to hear his amazing story and his tips on remote working.

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I’m passionate about helping others develop their passions in career development. I realize there’s a large gap in the education system today where they don’t teach you the best job strategies. I hope to help fill that gap.

Q: You’ve helped a lot of students from non-target schools/non-traditional backgrounds to get into their dream careers. What is the number one thing that holds most people back?

A: Their confidence. Most people don’t think they have a chance at landing an internship or a full time role at their dream company so they don’t even bother trying. For me, I never thought I could work at Google so I threw my internship application in without any networking. Luckily they saw something in me and I landed an interview.

Q: Why is it important for companies to hire people from non-target schools/non-traditional backgrounds?

A: If companies had all the resources in the world, then I would bet they would hire the top 1% in every university. But given resources are constraint, companies traditionally have to go to the schools their alumni came from or where they’ve had the most anecdotal success. I don’t believe your ability to make impact is dependent on your ability to get into a good school; but rather how you work once you’re in college.

Q: Can you share one tip that has made your team work more effectively while sheltering at home?

A: Meet often and focus on developing relationships with people on teams :).

It’s SO important to bring people closer and over-communicate!

Q: Anything else you’d like to share?

A: If you’d like to collaborate to chat more, then please feel free to reach out to me on LinkedIn.

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