This week we caught up with Hofstra alumnus Katie Boudreau to talk about her Hofstra experience and what it’s like to work at Google as a Technical Specialist for Maps for Business. Katie graduated in 2012 with a major in broadcast journalism from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. We appreciate her taking the time to answer our questions.
Why did you choose Hofstra?
When I was looking at colleges to attend, I wanted one that was close to NYC and a place that could provide me with valuable internships and mentoring. Hofstra not only has a great program for broadcasting, but was close enough to the city where I could explore internship opportunities and still have a typical campus experience.
How did your experience at Hofstra help you land your current job?
During my time at Hofstra I took advantage of a number of opportunities that led to leadership roles, from being a teaching assistant for communication classes and being a sister of Alpha Theta Beta. Having a diverse background with extracurricular and academic activities helped me hone my multi-tasking and communication skills. Being able to communicate efficiently with a diverse group of people, particularly in high stress situations, helped me prove that I could calmly and effectively take on projects that need a fast turnaround time without breaking a sweat or needing much outside guidance.
What’s it like to work at Google?
Working at Google is exciting! Google provides an environment like no other. I get to work in amazing work spaces where you can find employees walking around with their dogs, people rolling around halls with scooters, nap pods, pool tables, video game rooms, and more. In my role, as a Technical Specialist for Maps for Business, I regularly work with users and engineers to identify, prioritize, and resolve problems and features to make our products better, which to me is a really rewarding experience. At the end of the day you can’t beat getting to meet and work with some of the best and brightest individuals in their field. I love being able to learn all about new gadgets and projects and knowing that I can help make a difference no matter what team or project I’m currently working on.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
Don’t sell yourself short. Go for those big impossible seeming dreams, because you never know what may happen if you give it your all. Also, don’t think that just because you majored in something that you can’t branch out and try something new. If you can show dedication and determination anything is possible.