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Business Alumnus Heads to Google

07/06/17

Business administration major Nate Andrews ’16 is headed to Google’s Silicon Valley, Calif., headquarters this month, where he will begin work in the company’s Information Technology (IT) Residency Program.

Andrews, who previously worked in Berkshire Bank’s IT department for two years, was contacted by Google about the position through LinkedIn. He then went through an extensive interview process before he was hired.

“Google was very impressed with my degree and looked favorably upon my experience at a small liberal arts college, which I believe is what made me stand out from all the other candidates,” Andrews said. “MCLA was invaluable in helping me to secure my job because I was surrounded by so many passionate and smart people, which inspired me to strive for my very best.”

Andrews will work within Google’s IT department to repair computers and other devices, as part of the 26-month position. In addition, he will work for several hours each day with teams in other departments to expand his IT knowledge, and learn advanced specialties such as security, programming and networking.

He began his college career as a computer science major during his freshman year of college at Berkshire Community College (BCC), before deciding to switch to business administration and transferring to MCLA. “I’ve always loved working with computers, but I’d never thought of it as a career, just a hobby.”

While his only IT experience was through his work at Berkshire Bank and MCLA’s IT Helpdesk, he believes his business degree is a good complement to his IT experience.

“Although I work directly with computers all day, it still takes a business mindset to keep IT departments running smoothly,” he said. 

At MCLA, Andrews said, “I was always working with my fellow classmates and with my professors. This strengthened by interpersonal communication skills.”

He continued, “I loved my time at MCLA! The business department faculty are amazing and passionate about what they teach. I knew I would not like a bigger college because I value being able to talk one-on-one with my professors, who knew me as an individual. During my two years at MCLA, the business department gave me many tools to succeed in my career, such as proper and efficient communication, how to work as an effective member of a team, and how to think outside of the box. 

“Information Technology is my passion, and what I want to continue doing,” Andrews said. “My ‘dream’ job would be to work in IT security, where I would help prevent businesses from being hacked.”

Andrews said he “would absolutely recommend MCLA” to prospective students. In the tech field, he explained, it’s most important to companies that their employees are passionate and knowledgeable about their field. For those with a liberal arts education, the sky’s the limit.

“The ‘Big Four’ companies – Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook – value small liberal arts educations just as much as the big-name schools, because they seek diversity in their employees,” Andrews said. “We are able to provide new perspectives that other candidates may not be able to provide.”