From X'ian, China to Corporate Finance at Google
Google Corporate Finance
After completing her MBA at UC Davis, Betty started her journey in Silicon Valley by joining a startup called Pillow. After a few years of work experience at Pillow, which was later acquired by Expedia, Betty joined the Corporate Finance team at Google.
Tell us about your educational background?
I am a former international student from China. I majored in Accounting at Xi'an Jiaotong University. I have a Master's in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA from UC Davis.
B.A. in Accounting from Xi’an Jiatong University
M.A. in Accounting from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MBA from the University of California, Davis GSM
Tell us about your career path?
I came to the U.S. for my Master's degree with the hopes of finding a job here. However, the job search in the U.S. was not successful due to the visa sponsorship limitation. After I received an offer from my dream company in China, I accepted the offer and began my career in auditing, focusing mainly on high-tech companies. After a few years, however, I felt it was time to relocate to the U.S. to pursue my MBA and hopefully find a job.
I started looking for an internship right after my student orientation during the MBA program. Luckily, I found an internship with Pillow, which eventually turned into a full-time offer. Pillow helped me with my H-1B application. This finally put my life and career on track to achieve my goals in the U.S.
What was the biggest challenge that you faced?
The biggest career challenge for me was trying to speak and write like a native speaker. When I started my career in the U.S., I always felt pressured when I communicated with my colleague since English is not my first language.
I was worried that I said something wrong or used incorrect grammar. After a few months of working with my colleagues, I understood that accent or grammar is not the most important thing in work -- what matters most is how you articulate your thoughts and present your ideas.
With this in mind, I spent more time on becoming a good speaker and making eye-catching presentations, which helped me a lot in my career and my interview with Google.
What was the most valuable resource during this experience?
The most important resource for me was LinkedIn. Before my interview with Google, I tried to find the company insiders on Linkedin and asked them for help. Don't be frustrated if no one gets back, just try to reach out to more people. I was lucky to have found someone who responded and provided useful advice to help me prepare for my interview. Try to make full use of Linkedin, from alumni or even strangers. People are out there willing to offer help.
Any words of advice for other international students?
Don't send the exact same resume to all the jobs that you apply for. Try to tailor your resume to the job description. This will increase the possibility of passing through the initial round of candidate screening.
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