Alumna Angela shares her career updates and how she was helped through the Girls Inc. Experience.
I’m currently a Product Marketing Manager at Google. In this role, I have spent part of my time working with the Google Arts & Cultures team, where we bring stories to life through unforgettable experiences that add cultural context to how people view, access, and understand the world.
One of the projects I’m proud to have helped launch is the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month hub. The hub elevates more than 100 stories from over 40 cultural institutions about how the AAPI community has contributed to this nation’s fabric during a time where our community has encountered deep adversity.
What did you learn and how were you helped through the Girls Inc. Experience?
Girls Inc. taught me that women can do anything they put their minds to. I learned how to set personal and professional goals, and work towards them at an early age. I was given the tools to make tough decisions. Furthermore, I was encouraged to pursue my passions above all else, which led me to travel the world in college and find myself working with amazing people throughout the past few years.
What advice would you give to girls knowing what you know now?
I try not to live with any regrets in life, but looking back there are many ways I would change how I approached different life experiences. My first piece of advice would be to go after opportunities that may seem “out of your league.” Did you know that research shows men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them?
I’m still working on this one myself, but be an advocate for yourself and for others, when you’re in a position of power. My second piece of advice would be to not take yourself too seriously. Rejection is hard, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or a school. Find positivity and humor in your life and hold on to it.