Commerce Account Executive at Google
“Don’t limit yourself to a specific industry, just because you feel it aligns well with your current major. There are employers, across a wide array of industries, who are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds, who have an ability to bring new perspectives to their companies.”
Tell us what you do.
I help retailers find innovative ways to sell their products to customers using Google’s advertising solutions.
What have you done since Middlebury?
My entire career thus far has been with Google. During this time, I’ve taken on various roles in advertising sales, including working with Small and Medium businesses directly to managing partnerships with the biggest Madison Avenue agencies. I’ve also had the privilege of working out of a variety of offices including Boston, San Francisco, Mountain View, and even a quick stint in Dublin, Ireland.
How has your major influenced your life after graduation?
My education in economics helped me understand how many of my clients are being impacted by the economic challenges of today, including supply chain issues and rising prices. However, more than anything, Middlebury taught be to be adaptable and to approach new challenges by being collaborative and open-minded.
When did you know which major you were going to choose?
I decided Freshman year that I would pursue an Economics degree, as I was fairly certain I’d go into business after graduation. I felt the a focus in Economics would help lay a good foundation for whichever route I decided to take in the business world.
How did you decide what career path you wanted to pursue after graduating?
Wall Street was not of interest to me, so I began networking with Middlebury alums to figure out what other opportunities existed for someone with an econ / liberal arts background. I was fortunate enough for connect with Brian Schmidt (class of 1997), who was at Google at the time and shared the job opportunity that I ended up pursuing.
Finally, what advice or suggestions do you have for current students as they consider their post-Middlebury futures?
Don’t limit yourself to a specific industry, just because you feel it aligns well with your current major. Their are employers, across a wide array of industries, who are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds, who have an ability to bring new perspectives to their companies.