Last Day of School! Thank You Special Education Teacher / Therapists

Teachers and therapists probably you guys are not appreciated enough. So, thank you Hello So as you see, Isaac’s off to school. We are gonna follow right behind him basically Once my mom comes over here to mind Cormac Because we have a meeting with them to go over the evaluation that he just had through the school and to iron out some IEP details so we will catch up with you on the other side of that because we’re gonna get ready in skedaddle Crying because you didn’t get any face time yet. It’s the very beginning of the video.

See you in a second Hi We’re back from school I love his school. It’s a nice school It’s a very good feeling every time we go it feels good feels like they care about Isaac we have really productive conversations every time I think that’s just So nice because it very easily could not be that way. We talked about the evaluation and honestly, the evaluation went well. Isaac always since he started being in school he was Eligible for special ed because of his diagnosis of having autism spectrum disorder but also a developmental delay both things but at the meeting today they think that we that he doesn’t even have the Developmental delay anymore that they don’t need to have that as part of his IEP. It’s definitely a good thing That means for me, he’s making progress.

Luke wasn’t sure at first Well, no because I admit when they first said, okay We’re actually gonna remove this part where it says, there’s a developmental delay. My initial thought was straight to pessimism I was like, okay I was like just expecting the next sentence to be so we are going to decrease your services you know what I mean? But it wasn’t anything like that at all. It was just like hey look the things we’re doing are working He’s kind of hitting some of these developmental milestones now that he wasn’t before But you know, we’re still gonna keep going at it at the same pace that we’re at now just you know Try to make even more progress even more progress. So yeah He will not be getting any less services at all in fact he’s getting at minimum the same amount actually more because next year he’ll officially and we’ve kind of discussed this before but have a One-to-one in the classroom para with him in the classroom and that’ll help like.

With the transition into kindergarten transition the kindergarten his You know, he doesn’t have very high focus. That’s the self regulation Thing he needs to work on is focusing and his attention in school in this meeting today kind of Cemented that because it’s like, okay like we see these this developmental progress. Yet we see, you know these factors that are keeping him from Truly progressing in a school atmosphere, so I don’t know anyways I thought it was a super productive meeting and I feel very good Better now about going into kindergarten than I have before and I haven’t I haven’t been that worried about it It’s just I don’t know. It’s nice every time we leave that place They really take the time to get to know Isaac specifically, which is awesome. It’s not just going off a handbook No, not at all they really take into Account the things the Isaac likes the things that help him specifically, I mean, that’s why it’s an IEP, you know really good about Specifically I think in this in this school, man We should be very thankful because they do really take his individuality into consideration Like he is getting a very customized learning experience and the teachers and therapists are fantastic. Yeah yeah, check on him and as we sort of come to wrapping up school tomorrow’s Isaac’s last day and It is sort of nice to look back on the whole year and see how far he’s come We work really hard at home, but they work hard at school, too and I have to acknowledge that they do so much with Isaac and they’re just kind of on the same page as us and it’s a really good feeling this is not to say that we just are gonna Sit back and assume that this school system is always going to work for Isaac We’re gonna have to constantly re-evaluate that as we go, but right now we’re really happy.

So All good things and a little sad, too you know have Isaac leaving this group and going on to new different people that he’s gonna have to get adjusted to But in the end it’s all good. So there’s our little developmental IEP school update for you. Let’s go see Cormac There was some dirty rainwater in the pool from rain and he was getting in it trying to go in it It was really dirty, by the way Day two wearing these shoes These are the sandals that we tried him in. All right, good job He willingly gave me his feet to put in the new shoes Like he knew that I was gonna put the new ones on him.

That’s so amazing. That’s shocking that’s shocking And I can tell it’s still a little uncomfortable for him. But he’s like accepting it. I feel like I just gonna try things We’re trying things Want to get up?

There you go I’m even gonna keep them on him in here Yeah, I mean I don’t love keeping the shoes on when the trampoline but to be honest with you It’s probably a good opportunity to break them in a little extra Yeah, let’s get the yeah that always happen Standing there in the corner. Actually, there’s no corner. This is literally a perfect circle. Yeah, I love how theirs still ball pit balls I’m not perfect. I’m darn well close, okay Somebody mentioned that you might see this more often. There is another this time I think I fly that got stuck in the netting.

Okay, that’s new It’s our first summer with the trampoline That’s true. He generally likes it better when one of us is in there, but Well, look at that ball Launching it. I think for the rest of today.

We’re kind of tied up doing stuff So I think I’ll probably drop the vlog for now, but we’re continuing so don’t go away We’re gonna pick up tomorrow where we can do some sort of last day of school festivities with Isaac, you know last day of preschool ever. And he’s been in preschool for three years He’s been in preschool, what did you did half his life right Yes, half his life So we’ll see if we can do some little festive not nothing crazy Maybe just get when I was a kid we used to get the the my mom would make the whoopie pies for the last day of school and we get home and Munch on those. I don’t I don’t bake so Do you want just buy him at the store? Will make it super easy on ourselves and we’ll buy him at the store you guys do anything for? End of the school year traditions or anything because I’m all about tradition.

Unfortunately our boys don’t care too much about it, but I Mean if you’re giving a boy a whoopie pie, you know, what can he say? He’s gonna enjoy himself. Yeah Sometimes Isaac likes some traditions. He likes Christmas traditions Yeah, so maybe always do this for this for his last day of school Will that see the whoopie pie thing was like my childhood tradition It doesn’t have to be the tradition we do now, you know what I mean? So if anybody has any better ideas, you know, I’m all ears anyways Talking too much.

I’ll leave you here and we’ll pick right up with you tomorrow Beautiful day I surprised you on the trampoline again Okay, so you saw Isaac working on little cards? he was writing his signature on it for his teachers and therapists And Rachel brought those gifts to the school and now I got to go get those whoopie pies or moon pies I think some people call them. It’s a gorgeous day beautiful day to start summer officially Someone in one of our comments recently said how I always wear sweatshirts Wait, you’re wearing another thick thing. It’s like 78 degrees It is like definitely in the 70s but You just prefer it from a fashion standpoint. Oh no because I have some cute like short sleeve things but I I don’t know. It feels very comfortable in jeans and Jeans and like long sleeve thing.

I mean I mean if it was absolutely super hot, I wouldn’t If it was like 90 degrees I’m wearing shorts. It’s gonna be and it’s gonna be like 80 or something I don’t think it’s reaching 80 It’s reaching 79. That’s ridiculous. No, no, I gotta go get stuff you guys have fun Alright Have a good summer That’s the last day of school What is it? What is what?

what did you get? Is that Grampy’s car? It’s nope that’s not grandpa’s car that’s a car for one of Cormac’s ladies one of his therapists. Is it summer now school’s all done?

We got a special treat for you to celebrate summer. Can you show me what’s in your bucket? You got a bucket yesterday. Do they know that they might not know that I think they might have given him Another bucket by mistake.

Yeah Yeah I think they just gave him another one Lucky him. It’s Oh No that’s Lucas’s Oh my goodness good call Isaac we’re gonna have to get in touch with Lucas’s parents They gave us somebody else’s bucket that makes more sense. Look at you with that huge backpack on take that thing off. It’s summer now Okay now you’re gonna get your shoes on and go to the farm Gonna go see Grammy and his cousin at the farm Yes, I’ll stay with Cormac and then afterwards we’ll have some whoopie pies. All right guys have fun. Ooh, Cormac’s not happy They’re leaving Isaac at the farm eating a brownie.

Hey, Isaac, do you like the brownie is it yummy? And this is miss Alice eating hers What kind of phone is that? This is not a phone. This is a camera Yes. Alright. So let’s put it in here and we’ll get it out.

There you go Wanna gonna feed the goats one more time There you go. I wish I could it 100 times It’s so much fun, isn’t it? Yeah. Can you feed them Isaac.

What’s that? That’s a different goat. It’s a black and white one He’s hungry. Oh, oh There you go, give it to him Raise your hand if you go to kindergarten in the fall Oh, yeah, you do and so does Isaac.

So does a lot of people More food? I don’t have any more quarters So we’re done with that Oh Alice. Look she’s giving you a quarter.

Can you say thank you? You feeding the same goat over there? That’s the GoPro.

Is it on? Can have a whoopie pie? Whoopie pie pease? With that type of asking You can have a hundred, no just one. You can just have one.

But yes Cormac, you’re not gonna be screaming in a second. You want this, Corm? Is this for you?

It’s actually Massive have you even ever had anything like that? Actually, it’s like that cookie he had an animal kingdom You didn’t even have any school You just stuck that wolf’s head into the whoopie pie That’s good, I appreciate that I can show you I can show you maybe if we cut it see Now you can eat it a little better Not quite like the homemade ones from when I was a kid, but though they’ll do the job I knew if I cut it for Cormac that you can see the frosting That would make a difference for sure Why is it always fascinating to show you eating because he gets it all over his face? He’s a funny eater I don’t like it.

All right. All right, you don’t have to eat it Cormac has found another use for whoopie pies. It’s just Basically turned into…

It started turning into a sensory for him and now yep It’s just like dirt for those animals Looks pretty cool though. What did you see at the farm? Anim..goats anigoats?

And the chickens Goats and chickens you gonna send me some pictures of the farm Oh wait you you’ve recorded a little bit at the farm anyways I forgot you already know about the farm. I’m like talking about the farm as if I didn’t force you to bring the camera If I did it right If Rachel actually got the recording Or did you do the thing where you press record and you turn it on when you Accidentally thought when you thought you were turning it off and then you record inside your purse the whole time Alright kindergartener say goodbye to the vlog No, no. No no no. We’re not leaving We’re not leaving I was saying something to the video Aw, he heard goodbye Don’t say it again jeez, that’s a trigger word for him I just want to say one last thank you to the teachers and therapists special education teachers everybody who works with kids out there and Comes up with individual ways to create learning environments growing environments for them. Probably you guys are not appreciated enough So thank you.

The Best Way To Learn – How To Become Successful Faster

People ask me all the time, “Dan, how could I learn to become more successful? “Where could I learn? “What is the best way to learn?” Now, if you’ve been watching my videos for sometime now, make sure you click on the subscribe button below and turn on the notification. It’s the least that you can do. If you want me to keep making videos like this for you and keep delivering value, it’s the least that you could do.

I don’t need a penny from you. But at least click on the subscribe button. Turn on the notification, show me some support. Also, share the video, share my channel with people that you think would benefit from my knowledge and my experience. So, what is the best way to learn?

There are three ways that you could learn. Number one is learning from yourself. What I call, the school of hard knocks. You’re learning from your mistakes, right.

You’re figuring things out. Now, it is good, and a lot of us do that, I make a lot of mistakes. I have paid a price through the school of hard knocks.

The problem with learning from yourself is it costs a lot of time and it costs a lot of money. There’s a great saying, “if you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” And its very, very true, learning from yourself. Because most people, their awareness level is very, very low.

Have you ever had this experience? You try something new, you make a mistake, and you say to yourself, “I’ll never make that mistake again.” And next time, you make the same fucking mistake again and you say to yourself, “No, I’ll never, ever make that mistake again.” and you make that mistake yet again.

So, even though you’re learning from the school of hard knocks you’re learning from yourself, but really you have not learned your lesson. But given enough time if you are persistent enough, if you’re determined enough, yes, that’s one way to go. The problem is that’s a long journey. That is hard. That’s a difficult, difficult path.

To some degree, we all have to go through that but you have to ask yourself, “Is that the best way to learn?” So, that’s first way, learning from yourself. The second way to learn is learning from your peers.

Learning from people around you. Your family, your friends, your colleagues. Now, which is fine, the problem with that is chances are sometimes you don’t learn or you learn the wrong thing.

So, let me give an example. Imagine, two people who both don’t know how to dance. I lock them in a room and I say, “Hey, you know what? “You guys teach each other how to dance. “I’m gonna come back in 30 days.”

Now, after 30 days, I unlock the door, open the door, my question to you is, would they magically know how to dance? The answer is, no. ‘Cause they both don’t know how to fucking dance. So, how could they teach each other?

That makes no sense. And if you look at the people around you, show me your friends, I’ll show your future. Look at the people around you. Chances are they probably have similar lifestyle as you.

They probably make the same amount of money as you. So, how the fuck could you learn from each other? How the fuck do you learn from each other? You guys are at the same level. Or maybe they’re a little bit lower, maybe they’re a tiny little bit higher.

Lets say you’re making $50,000 a year, chances are your friend is roughly making about the same amount of money. Maybe a little bit more. Maybe 55, 60,000. You cannot learn from each other. What possibly could he or she teach you that would help you to get to the hundred k, 200k, half a million?

They have not fucking done it. They have not done it. Or you learn the wrong thing. So, think about your belief. Let’s say when it comes to success, when it comes to money, when it comes to business, the people around you.

What’s their belief system? What do they know about it? What even your parents?

What do they know when it comes to becoming more successful and creating wealth? Chances are very, very, very little. So if you pick up behaviors and habits and beliefs from them, chances are you will learn the wrong thing. And they will teach you what they know as the truth. “Son, this is how you do it.

“This is the way to go.” When it may or may not be the case. So, learning from the peers. So that doesn’t work either.

The third way to learn is what I believe, the most powerful way to learn is to learn it from a mentor. Learn from someone who’s been there and done that and continues to do it. Someone who is not just who are at the same level. Who is not even literally more successful than you.

I’m talking about someone who is infinitely, infinitely more successful than you, infinitely wiser than you, infinitely more experienced than you. So, let’s say you’re making $50,000 a year. You don’t wanna learn from someone who’s making $60,000 a year. You don’t even wanna learn from someone who’s making $100,000 a year. You don’t even wanna learn from someone who’s making a million dollars a year. You wanna learn from someone who’s making 10 million a year, 20 million a year, 50 million a year, 100 million dollars a year.

Why? Because their level of thinking is so much higher. When you are learning from someone like that, easily they can pull you, they can uplift you to a whole new level. I remember when I was in my early 20s, at the time, when I first found my mentor, his level of thinking at the time, was so much higher. I was making a few thousand dollars a month, a couple grand and he said to me, he said, “Dan, I’m not gonna write a sales letter unless I believe “it’s gonna do at least a million dollars a year.” I said, “What the fuck?”

Yeah, he said, I’m not gonna write a letter, a piece, a direct mail piece unless I believe it’s gonna generate a minimum of a million dollars a year. It expand my horizon. Now, the possibility of wow. I’m still trying to make a few hundred dollars with my marketing pieces.

He’s thinking he’s not gonna even waste his ink if its not gonna make him at least a million dollars a year. That’s what I’m talking about. So, learning from a mentor. So the three ways to learn. You have to ask yourself, learning from yourself which is perfectly fine. Just costs a lot of fucking money and time.

Second, learning from your peers. Chances are they are as broke as you are. They’re at the same level. Or third, learning from a mentor and I cannot be your mentor by the way. I cannot be everyone’s mentor. I’m spending a lot of my time just mentoring people who I work with, people who are my students.

That’s already taking up a lot of my time. You gotta find that someone. You gotta find the mentor who you respect. Someone who’s where you wanna be in your dreams and then learn from that person. I believe that is the best way to learn.

Applying to Google: Technical Resume Tips with Google Recruiters

Hi, everyone. Thanks for joining us for another session of our YouTube Live series. Today’s topic is Recruiter Q&A and resume tips. While I am not a recruiter, I am part of Google’s university programs team.

So my name [? Kat. ?] If you are at a school in the Midwest, chances are you’re one of my schools, so hello.

In just a second, I’ll be letting these two individuals intro themselves, but I want to start with a few housekeeping things. If you are new to our YouTube Live session, then we hope that you do take advantage of our chat feature. It should be on the side of your screen, so right next to this little screen right here. And also, if you haven’t signed in to our RSVP form, please do so.

You see that short link right there. If you filled it out at any point for any of our previous YouTube Live series sessions, then you are good to go. You don’t need to complete that again. So with that, let’s get into our topics for today. So first things first is intros. You’ve met me.

In just a second, you’ll meet these two. Then we’ll get into some resume tips and practice with a fictional resume. And then we’ll let these two answer all your questions. So again, please be sure to use the chat feature. And with that, take it away. JARROD FARMER: Hi, everyone.

My name is Jarrod Farmer. I am a university graduate recruiter here at Google. I graduated in the summer of 2010 from the University of North Florida with a degree in marketing. And then I joined here at Google last summer in July of 2015 on the new grad team. Been enjoying my time here very much. And one of the more enjoyable parts about this role is I get to do fun things like this.

That’s not part of my primary job, but I get to come out and contribute where I can. CAROL TSUCHIYA: Hi, and my name is Carol Tsuchiya. And I am on the tech intern recruiting team.

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s in Economics. I’ve been here since November of 2009, so it’ll be seven years next month. My favorite thing at Google– there are so many things, but it really– it’s the people. I come into work every day so excited to be with my amazing team, who are just as excited as I am to come in every day and just do great things.

JARROD FARMER: So now that we’ve got through the intros, let’s talk about the fun stuff. Why is your resume so important? So I want to go ahead and tell you a few key points here. Your resume– it’s your first interaction with the company.

They haven’t met you before, so at this point, we don’t know anything about you. Your resume could be the first time that we read your name, and you want to make sure you’re putting on the best representation of yourself. Your resume lets us know how to connect with you. It gives us your name, your contact information, and allows us know the best way to reach out. Your resume needs to highlight your biggest accomplishments and your skill sets.

We don’t know what you don’t tell us, so be sure to pat yourself on the back and really highlight some of the fun things that you’re very proud of as well. By reviewing your resume, we’re able to determine what roles are best suited for you, in addition to making sure that the roles that you’re applying for are also a good fit there as well. And remember that the resume screen is the first of what’s hopefully many steps. So you want to make sure you get off on the right foot and hopefully that allows you to move forward to what typically is a phone interview for the next step in the recruitment process.

CAROL TSUCHIYA: So resume tips– so just please keep in mind that everything that we cover today is just a guideline. There’s no exact science. So we hope that you use this to help you create an amazing resume so that you can apply to companies, like Google. Feel free to take pictures of the following slides to help you either revamp or create your resume. So generally, what we’re looking at when we’re looking at your resume is that it needs to be easy to read, and simple, right? So use the bullet points, action words like “created,” and include your contact information and email.

In terms of whether your resume should be one page or two pages, if you need to go to two pages, that is completely fine. But make sure that it’s relevant. Also, generally, when it comes to highlighting your resume, you should really tailor your resume so that it highlights the requirements of the role. So when you’re looking at a role online, look at what they list as the requirements and qualifications of the role and make sure that your resume highlights those. JARROD FARMER: So resume tips, education– education should be front and center, as long as you’re in school, that is. So you want to list your education first.

Please be sure to include your degree and major, and definitely make sure that you include your graduation date, at least the year and month is acceptable, too. GPA, key courses, and any relevant coursework should also be included on the education portion of your resume. Lastly, provide a brief description of any important projects that you’ve completed while in school.

So for experience, in terms of experience, keep it clear and concise. Make sure you highlight your accomplishments. Once again, this is the time to pat yourself on the back. Highlight your accomplishments versus a long description of what you did.

Keep things chronological in order just to showcase all your experience. And that means put everything that’s most recent at the top. And then, as things move back in history, put it lower down on the resume as well. But other things to highlight under your experience are internships, student groups, hacks that you participated in. If you haven’t done any of these, that’s OK. Make sure you just include some of the projects and things that you’ve done on your own time as well while you’ve been in school. CAROL TSUCHIYA: And so for extracurricular activities, we also want to know what makes you you, right?

So if you were the head of your robotics team at school, include that. If you were involved in any type of olympiads, include that. Anything in the sense of even outside of computer science, for example, if you can solve a Rubik’s cube in 15 seconds, include that. We find that really interesting.

JARROD FARMER: So now let’s actually take a look at a resume, and let’s go through the review process ourselves. We’ve discussed why the resume is so important. And we’re going to go through this section in three main chunks. So for this first part, let’s see what is positive.

Let’s see what Han Solo did well here. First, Han listed his proficient languages, starting with C#, where he is most proficient, and worked his way down the list through SQL, where we assume he is least proficient there. Included all of his post-secondary institutions. He attended the Rebel Alliance University and Scruffy Nerf Herder College. His education is first, obviously, as we just mentioned, making it easy for recruiters to verify that you’re eligible for the role that you’re applying for.

Once again, as long as you’re in school, education should come first. CAROL TSUCHIYA: So let’s talk about what he needs to improve on regarding his resume. One, his contact information is incomplete. There is no phone number or email listed. So how are we supposed to contact him if we’re interested in reaching out to him [? for a role?

?] So that definitely needs to be included. For example, also, if you have a LinkedIn profile or a GitHub, please go ahead and include those links, but please make sure that they are correct. Also, regarding the graduation, you can see that he does not include his expected or anticipated graduation date. We need to know that, so we know whether he is eligible for an internship or a full-time role.

Just as side note, for internships, for example, if you’re applying to a summer 2017 internship, candidates must be continuing their education, so they need to be continuing their education in the fall of 2017 in order to be eligible. JARROD FARMER: Now let’s talk about Han’s experience. So once again, I’ll start with the positives. He listed his experience second after education.

As discussed previously, your education is your biggest undertaking right now. This should come first. Be proud of it. He listed his experience in that chronological order we also chatted about– most recent first, moving back in history towards the bottom as things get further back.

Included the title of the company and dates while they were at those specific companies. CAROL TSUCHIYA: So how could we improve this section? For one, his formatting could use a little bit of work. As you can see, his dates get cluttered because they’re included in the employment section. So we want to make sure that his dates are to the right of the company’s name and to make sure that is consistent all the way through. So it makes it less cluttered.

You’ll also notice that he wrote paragraphs regarding his responsibilities. We want to make sure that– the content itself is great. But bullet points would definitely keep the descriptions concise and more reader-friendly. So speaking of bullet points, we definitely want to start all the bullet points with action words.

For example, the words like “created” or “implemented” or “designed” are great. You don’t also want to start bullet points with “I.” When writing your bullet points, focus on the results and the impact by listing metrics rather than long descriptions. Tell us what work you did, what you used, and what the end result was. Please only include the relevant work.

For example, it’s great that he was a Wookie Walker, but he’s not applying for those roles, so he should probably eliminate this section. JARROD FARMER: So now for the activities. Let’s talk about the positives in here. So included in these activities, what sets him apart from everybody else, he also told us that he participates in programming competitions. All of this stuff is great.

But there are some areas that could have been beneficial where we could have corrected. Those of which, it’s great that he included his activities in the programming languages. But it’s best to have this in bullet point format, as Carol just discussed. Also, Han is more than welcome to tell us about his other activities and interests, even if they’re unrelated to computer science.

That’s actually one of my favorite things. I love when you throw in something very personal. I’ve seen “master knitter” before, and that might just be my favorite in history there.

But it is important. Just be proud of the other things that you’re doing outside of your degree, too. CAROL TSUCHIYA: So how could– sorry. JARROD FARMER: No, that’s fine. So for references, I’ll finish up this slide, chat about the references. They aren’t necessary on a resume, actually.

If you really didn’t want to include it, it’s OK to say “references furnished upon request.” But really, we’ll ask for references if they are needed, and let you know when we’ll be following up with those references as well. All right, Carol. CAROL TSUCHIYA: So let’s look at this revamped resume.

So you can see that it’s nice and clean, right? He’s included his contact information. He includes his expected graduation date, so we can definitely contact him regarding roles at Google. And you can see here that the formatting is also very, very clean.

He starts all of his responsibilities with bullet points. So if you were a recruiter to look at this and say, would you rather look at this that has the bullet points, or would you rather look at some long paragraphs? And also, you can see regarding his awards and activities, he also included his great accomplishments. JARROD FARMER: So that’s a lot of information. I hope you got all of that.

We will go ahead and move forward and just throw out a quick recap here. So education comes first if you are in school. Degree and expected grad year should be at the top. Help us get to know you– those extracurriculars, anything that you like to participate in. Obviously, we do want to know everything about your computer science background if you are applying for software engineering roles, but we also just want to know more about you, so student groups, those extra initiatives that you take on, whether it was a school project or maybe something that you’re starting up yourself, we’d love to know as much as possible.

And remember, bullet points are your friend. It definitely helps everybody when we are reviewing your resume. SPEAKER: So this is [? Kat ?]

again a little bit off screen. But this is your turn, students, to ask questions. So please be sure to fill out the chat feature.

To get us kicked off, I’m going to ask Jarrod and Carol some FAQs. So first of all, why should I, as a student, include my GPA on my resume? CAROL TSUCHIYA: Good question. So just remember that the GPA is only part of your story. It’s just a piece of the puzzle. It isn’t the most important piece of who you are, so make sure that you include all your accomplishments and projects in and outside of classroom.

SPEAKER: Thanks. Second frequently asked question, do I need to include a cover letter? CAROL TSUCHIYA: Cover letters are completely optional. We prefer that you spend your time creating that amazing resume.

But if you do include a cover letter, just remember that it should include something that is not already included in your resume. SPEAKER: And third FAQ, what do I need to conduct my interviews? JARROD FARMER: So for a phone interview, you will need a computer with internet access and Google Docs. Our coordinators will send you out links to the docs and maybe anything additional for a phone interview, such as a Hangout link. Please be sure to take a look at those links, verify that you have access prior to your interview, and confirm that with the coordinator.

And if there is any issues, we can get those worked out. If you are coming on site, typically one of the few things that we’ll require is a official ID, just so we can get you checked in. But most of the time we don’t require anything else. Also, when you do come on site, it is always a good idea to make sure you arrive early. My personal mentality is I’d rather be somewhere a half hour early than 10 seconds late.

SPEAKER: Are you ready to take some live questions? JARROD FARMER: Yeah. CAROL TSUCHIYA: Yep, we’re ready. SPEAKER: Awesome. So the first one comes from [? Borgov ?]

Shaw. I have a question which hinders me all the time. I don’t have solid experience because I just did my Master’s. What are my chances of getting a job at Google?

I have proficiency in Python. JARROD FARMER: You want to take that one? CAROL TSUCHIYA: Yeah, so one of the things is we look at things also outside of the classroom. So when you were in your master’s program, if you worked on class projects, definitely highlight that. So that would be a header.

You would put projects and then give a highlight of that project and include that you used Python. And I would just definitely highlight the projects, the class projects. JARROD FARMER: Yeah, and something in addition, we do understand that you’re coming out of school. Really, not too many students are going to have a whole lot of experience at this point anyway. So we like just to make sure that we are going through the interview process.

We are finding everything about you specifically. We’re not going to compare you to anybody else, whether they have more or less experience. So make sure you just highlight everything that you are very proud of on your resume to put your best foot forward.

Then we’ll take care of everything else from there. SPEAKER: Next question comes from Tanisha Cruz. Does Google have a required GPA? CAROL TSUCHIYA: No, we don’t.

As we have stated about the GPA, that is only part of your story. So definitely include your accomplishments and any other activities outside of school that you’ve acquired. SPEAKER: Next one is from [? Arun ?]

[? Bakarna ?]. And I apologize if I mispronounced your name. Can we use different colors on the resume?

JARROD FARMER: I do like fun resumes. I think the most important thing to keep in mind here, though, is you do want to make sure it’s easy to read. But I definitely see individuals that put graphics on there or just make it very fun and almost interactive. I think all that is fine.

But you do just want to make sure that all that extra stuff is great, but that the content there, the main purpose of a resume, is not being jeopardized by anything that is just kind of fun to throw in there. But definitely be creative, be yourself. We definitely love looking at those things. If I see a bunch of resumes that look the same, everything starts to run together. So do what you can to set yourself apart. CAROL TSUCHIYA: But you definitely don’t want it to take away from your accomplishments, your experience, right?

You want to make it easy to read. SPEAKER: So personality good, rainbow bad. [LAUGHTER] JARROD FARMER: Yes.

SPEAKER: Next question comes from Earl Zed. How do I address resume gaps if I’m a returning student who has worked in an unrelated field? JARROD FARMER: I think it’s best just to put all your current information there. Things I’ve seen before is if you just want to fill in that slot with what you were doing. Tell us that story. Remember, we do look at everything as a whole.

So not everybody is going to be a carbon copy of somebody else. Not everybody leaves on a Friday to start somewhere else that very next Monday. And that’s OK. I think whatever you feel comfortable sharing with us upfront is totally fine, or if you are working with a recruiter, share your story with them.

We are your advocates and want to help you through this process. SPEAKER: Next question comes from Rosie Davis, a master’s student. I’ve heard conflicting things about whether to include my GPA and whether to use my graduate GPA or my full GPA for my institution. Is there a preference? CAROL TSUCHIYA: So if I’m understanding it, you should include your cumulative GPA, not just your major GPA, because we do ask for you to include your cumulative GPA.

JARROD FARMER: And I do see pretty often that sometimes there will be the cumulative as well as your major next to it. So it’s fine to include the major, but make sure you do include the full GPA as well. SPEAKER: Next one is from [? Duben ?]

[? Okom. ?] Can I list volunteer participations as part of my extracurricular activities? Also, does the resume have to be on one page, especially if the extracurricular activities are surplus?

JARROD FARMER: I think volunteering experience is great, regardless of how you were volunteering. We definitely love to see somebody who wants to take extra initiative, go above and beyond just what they’re supposed to be doing right now, focusing on school. We love when people are taking advantage of volunteering experience. Carol mentioned this earlier. It does not matter, to my eyes, if everything is all on one page, especially if there’s good news awaiting for me at the bottom.

So if I have to turn the page or scroll up to see the next page, that’s totally fine with me. CAROL TSUCHIYA: Right, because I’d rather have something in a readable font versus a 6-point font because you can get everything on a page. JARROD FARMER: Very good point. SPEAKER: So we’re going to take this last one just for now. But, students, please continue to use the chat feature.

You have [? Jessie ?] and Jess picking out the best questions to ask out loud.

So this one is Byron Fung. Do you like seeing personal websites listed on resumes? And if so, what do you recommend they should contain, and what are some common mistakes you’ve seen in them?

JARROD FARMER: I can take this one. Yeah, I think they’re a lot of fun. Obviously, the nature of the beast needs to be somewhat formal just so it is easy to read, like I said. Throw in your personality.

You can have a lot of fun with the resume all the same. But a website, that’s really all you. You are more than welcome to do anything that you would like.

So I will pretty much anytime I see that there’s a link on somebody’s resume, I will click it and just check it out, see if there are some extras that they couldn’t fit, whether it was photos of them participating in the hackathons or photos from their previous internships or just friends at school. All that stuff is great. I don’t really know if I’ve seen any mistakes. I think, obviously, what you want to consider here is use your common sense. You are sending this out to potential employers.

So you just want to make sure that anything that goes on there, you would also put on your resume, should it fit or should it be that interactive. But I love them. Keep them coming.

CAROL TSUCHIYA: Yeah, but links, in general, make sure it does link to the correct website or doc or what have you, because I have had situations where I’ve clicked on a link, and it was either broken or it took it me to someplace different. SPEAKER: So we’re going to take a break from the Q&A for now. Let’s assume that a student has taken all these wonderful tips and has made the resume incredibly strong. They’re ready to apply.

How do they do that? JARROD FARMER: Carol? CAROL TSUCHIYA: Yes, so what they would go ahead and do is go on to our website, which is– it’s up here.

You can see it–, and go ahead and search for the roles that best fit your background experience and interests. Remember to upload your resume and your transcripts. Unofficial is completely fine. We do not require an official transcript. And then click Submit. Just to let you know if you’re interested in software engineering internship roles, we are now recruiting for our summer 2017 software engineering roles.

That application period will be open until December 2, as well as our Engineering Practicum summer internship role. Our full-time software engineering university grad roles are open year round, so you can apply to that role at any time. SPEAKER: We hope to see a lot of applications come in.

Let’s see, do we have any more questions? We do. Are you ready for a few more? JARROD FARMER: Yes. CAROL TSUCHIYA: Yes.

SPEAKER: Awesome. So this next one is from Earl Zed. How frequently should I resubmit my resume? JARROD FARMER: So I’m going to make a couple assumptions here. Maybe you went through the process.

I hate this conversation, no matter if it’s hypothetical. Let’s just say things didn’t pan out. Typically, we do recommend waiting a year to apply to a similar position. So let’s say hypothetically you were applying for a full-time software engineering role.

Obviously, we have several of those listed. We would recommend that you do give yourself a year to come back, build yourself up, show us that this next time can be different. But I do believe for other roles, if you’re looking at APM or even an internship, as long as you’re eligible and returning back to your school once the internship is complete, things like that you would be eligible to apply for right away.

SPEAKER: Next question is [? Deepthi ?] [? Thotokoura ?].

When is it a correct time to apply for roles, before graduation or after graduation? JARROD FARMER: I think that’s a pretty subjective question just because I think the only blanket statement I feel comfortable making is whenever you feel most comfortable. You know yourself better than anyone else. Google does offer a lot of great study resources online for you to take a look at. When you really feel like you have a good grasp of those materials and you’re meeting the minimum qualifications, hopefully most of the preferred ones as well, I think that is really when it’s a great opportunity to apply. I don’t really think there’s a solid rule of thumb, whether before or after graduation.

It’s all up to you and when you feel best. CAROL TSUCHIYA: And then if you’re applying for an internship, obviously, as I stated, you have to be a continuing student. So the deadline to apply for our summer internships on the technical side, on the software engineering side, is December 2. So there is kind of a hard deadline to make sure you submit your resume before then.

SPEAKER: Next question is from Marco Hernandez. Most of my job experience has been restaurant-based, although I am a CS major. Should I add relevant information about them, or leave them off entirely? CAROL TSUCHIYA: So it depends. If you have four years of restaurant experience, you definitely want to include that to show that you have been employed. But also kind of highlight your CS projects, right?

So highlight the technical, but definitely include a short blurb about that you were employed for four years in the restaurant industry. JARROD FARMER: I would second that, for sure. SPEAKER: Next one is [? Nayim Tong. ?]

What are the qualities you look for in prospective employees? JARROD FARMER: There’s a lot. I, myself, I love it when I take a look at a resume and I just get excited.

It’s well-formatted. There’s a lot of fun stuff. There’s some personality to it. But nobody is supposed to be the same as somebody else.

So I wouldn’t want to say that, oh, I like this about somebody, but I don’t like it about this other individual. I think when you put your best foot forward and you get us excited about the process and working with you, I think that’s when that feeling becomes very mutual and we can’t wait to just move forward to those next steps, hopefully, with you. SPEAKER: Next one is from Alex Craig. Would you recommend having a relevant coursework section on my resume?

CAROL TSUCHIYA: Definitely. I see that at the top, usually. It’s usually under– I think people list it right under their school. They’ll put relevant coursework, and they’ll indicate so we know.

Especially if you’re currently taking it and it’s not in your transcripts, definitely include that. JARROD FARMER: And every now again, we will see individuals who don’t necessarily have a CS major, or possibly it’s just a minor. But they have a strong passion for it. So point is, it’s OK if you haven’t taken too many relevant courses if you are showing enough initiative outside of that, too. SPEAKER: Next one is from Nicholas [?

Pieros. ?] Is it a good idea to include a major accomplishment, such as becoming an Eagle Scout, even if it happened before attending college?

CAROL TSUCHIYA: Oh, definitely. I see that all the time. You should be very proud of the awards. I know that Eagle Scout, it takes many, many, many years to become an Eagle Scout. So I would definitely include it.

SPEAKER: And it looks like that is our last question for today. You guys were in the hot seat. You did great. Thank you. Oh, sorry, last one– Denise [? Sagendorf ?]

asked, can you please talk about projects, how to showcase that during an interview? That’s a good one to close on. JARROD FARMER: Yeah.

I always like to think of interviews like if you want to speak to a professor at school. Obviously, all of our engineers here have a lot of similarities, but they’re also very different. So I think just kind of opening up that conversation with that specific engineer during your interview is great. It’s not a bad idea just to kick off the conversation yourself and mention, hey, I’ve done this before, and I’m really proud of it.

And I’m sure the engineer will give you a great response, and you can have that back-and-forth conversation with them. But every person here at Google is very different, so I think that conversation could vary quite a bit. But, yeah, absolutely, start off on the right foot.

Give yourself that pat on the back. Talk about your projects and things that you’re proud of. SPEAKER: All right, again, thank you both so much. Students, I hope you did RSVP, if you didn’t. If you see that tomorrow’s session looks similar, that’s because we’re presenting the exact same things, so no need to tune in.

Become a Teacher: The UC Davis Difference

Choose UC Davis if you want to be challenged, if you want to be around some of the most inspiring people. People who work hard and love what they do that’s been the best part of this program for me, and for I know people in my cohort. Students come to our program that start in August and they’ll go all the way through until June, and during that time in the afternoons they’re gonna take courses here on campus and those courses are going to be talking about the business of teaching and how to become a teacher. And every morning they’re gonna be in classrooms. They take all the things they learn in the afternoon and they begin to apply them in their placements and then they come back and we talk about it.

So it goes back and forth, and those placements they get a real experience because they were there for an entire school year, which I think is important, they don’t just pop in and teach for three weeks or a semester because teachers don’t do that. They set up the classrooms in the beginning, they establish routines, procedures, and norms. And those play out over the course of the entire year so it’s really important because the very next year that’s what they’re going to be expected to do. I think the program it was challenging but it was challenging to the degree that it was getting you ready to be in the classroom by yourself which is not an easy thing to do and I think that they really did a good job of kind of directing you and putting the experiences in front of you that would help you be successful.

Our cohorts are really small, so you get a lot of individualized attention. So if you want a program that’s very intimate, that you’re able to make sure that ‘I’ve got access to my instructor, I’ve got access to my supervisor, I’m gonna have someone who’s gonna walk alongside me while I take this journey,’ then this is the program for you because we are very invested in our students they feel they’re welcomed they feel respected and they feel like they have someone hand in hand with them as they progress on their path to becoming a teacher. I feel everyday I’m using things I learned in the program I always keep in mind my supervisors voice almost every day while teaching and because she really kind of taught us a lot about the methods because I had the content but if you don’t know how to teach it the kids are never gonna connect. So I always try to keep my supervisors voice in my head because everything they taught me was worth it and useful and is the way I should be teaching. One thing that drew me to that UC Davis program was the ability to get the masters I always heard that you needed a master’s a lot of people said it was just to get ahead in the pay scale but what I learned was the Masters was to help you become a better teacher. And so what the program did is it builds it into your credential year, so that it’s really easy to just keep going and it’s just a great support year as well.

The things that I love most about it was all the feedback that I got from my mentor teachers and from my teachers at UC Davis they would come observe you in the classroom and really give good feedback on how to do even better. Like I would teach a lesson like, ‘oh yeah I think I did really good there, really good there!” And I was really proud of the work that I showed and then my teacher would say, “yes but you can do better here you could do better here.” And I think that was what made me get better. I chose UC Davis because I thought it was a great program.

I really liked that there was a lot of theory behind it. I got to do research-based inquiry. I got to meet a lot of people from different backgrounds and a lot of great mentors and professors that had done the fieldwork. I also had a great supervisor she was very caring she provided feedback anytime I had questions she was always there to answer them. She also provided me I would say a guiding hand and she showed us the ropes.

The support that you will get from UC Davis and its professors and the classes that you take really prepares you for anything that you experience in the classroom. I really like the idea of starting in the same classroom from day one all the way to the end of the year I think that’s a really special experience for student teachers when you really get to experience the highest the lows and everything in between. Davis was my top choice it’s a rigorous program but they make it so that you can do it because you’re also student and you’re teaching and they’re just amazing, really really supportive.

I just fell in love with the campus the atmosphere and how people make me feel when I got there and when I got to the School of Ed — it was it. From the interview on, I knew this is where I want to be.

True Definition of Learning

In high school the majority of students who felt that education was not necessary were the ones who felt like they needed it. And now in college the students who see the value that education has on success are the ones who want it. And reality is that those high school students who felt that they needed education sure are not in college. So what is the true definition of learning? True learning is the want, and not the need for change. True learning can only be achieved if you want to learn it on your own and not because of some sort of external motivator. It is important to learn not for the sake of need, but for the sake of wanting, and ask yourself how this will change me, that’s what true learning is about. Why do we need the true definition of learning?



In our current culture I have seen the absence of success and guidance within our youth. Many of our kids are now possessed and blinded by our current advanced technology that we have manifested. This technology is what our children want, it is what keeps our children in the “now” and suppresses them from seeing the true value of learning. It whispers and leads them to think that education is something they need instead of something they should desire. Leading them down the wrong path away from success! Leaving a hopeless vision to our future. Some experts such as Dana Gioia, Mark Bauerlein, and Maryanne Wolf have shown us what the true definition of learning can and will do for us if we implement it into our way of thinking and into our society that will be in the hands of our children. As Dana Gioia is explaining the detailed assessment for the decline of reading’s role in the nation’s culture in “Reading at Risk”, Gioia informs us that “reading a book requires a degree of active attention and engagement.” Saying “help me write my thesis”(1) And how does this quote demonstrate true learning?

As Gioia is describing the main key of “active attention and engagement” in reading. She hints that these skills can only be accessed when a person applies themselves and is willing to want change in the form of true learning acquiring the progressive skill of reading. Mark Bauerlein in “The Digital Divide” as he explains the development of brains and thinking patterns mentions that the key finding of brain plasticity research is by the brain’s reorganization. Reorganization when only an individual “pays attention to the sensory input and to the task” “[requiring] very hard work.”(16) Only achieved when an individual puts work in the matter willingness and want. And Maryanne Wolf in “Learning to think in a digital world” as she quotes French novelist Marcel Proust on the true purpose of reading she elaborates that to go beyond decoding text and into the heart of the reading process one must take a “learnable approach towards knowledge” (36) Wolf uses “learnable approach” to also hint the main key of true learning. All examples of professionals and experts implementing the definition of true learning into real life. But we can make a connection to our past with George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass and Nathaniel Hawthorne can help us make the connection with our past regarding the true definition of learning. We can see how the true definition of learning is being embraced in some of their quotes.

In The Story of a great American we can examples of that in his “Where shall I begin?”(Carver91) quote. George Washington Carver understands the true definition of learning and provides us with some examples. As George Washington is traveling down into Tuskegee, Georgia he is astonished at all what he is seeing. Deserted fields of malnourished farmland, the dominance of king cotton and the poor famers. George then asks himself “where shall I begin” (91)? George Washington’s quote shows the type of man he is. He’s the type of man that will go out of his way to help his fellow people not because he needs to but because he wants too. George loves his people and will never turn back from his calling to help them achieve change.

Anne White uses the term “begin” to demonstrate George’s willingness to start a plan although the challenges may seem impossible to go through. George can also show us the definition of learning in his other quote, when he tells himself “I can help my people by healing their sick land.” (93) This quote has the same connections as the first one, showing us George’s sympathy for his people by going out of his way in order to help his people with plans. But like George, Ethan Brand came across ideas that changed his entire life “He remembered with what tenderness, with what love and sympathy for mankind, and what pity from human guilt and woe, he had first begun to contemplate those ideas which afterwards became the inspiration of his life;” (Brand240) as Ethan told himself while watching the kindle while having flashbacks of his life before the search for the unpardonable sin. “…became the inspiration of his life;” shows us that Ethan wanted to search for the “unpardonable sin”. In the Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass we can also observe how Douglass wants to kick start his education.

“If you want to breathe as much as you want to succeed then you will be successful” quoted by Eric Thomas is by far one of the best quotes I have heard and the one I live by. This quote mirrors what “True Learning” is all about, and both these factors is what has gotten me to where I am. If you implement this in your life, and put in work towards change, you too will start seeing change and realize the real power of “True Learning”! Do we have the capacity to connect to the past in order to build a bridge of hope as a vision of the future? Yes, with the willingness for change we can turn tides around by adopting this factor into our children’s lives.

By showing them down the bright, hopeful road and into success they too will pass along the true definition of learning to future generations. Just like Carver, Douglass and Hawthorne did with the passing generations. But who said things were going to be easy? Carver, Douglass and Hawthorne did not. We and our future kin will have to fight through and achieve the change we are striving for!