MU Engineering alum follows her dream to Google
Brooke Haile-Mariam’s dream job was to work at Google.
Hard work, determination and computing skills learned at Mizzou and further honed on her own made that dream a reality.
Haile-Mariam earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Mizzou Engineering in 2016 set out into the workforce. But her first job out of college left her wanting more, so she began putting in the work to achieve her goal of moving from that job to working as a software engineer at Google.
She built upon her technical proficiency, preparing for months for everything the Google interview process would entail. The process included a series of five interviews that tested both her programming abilities and interview skills.
“I wanted to expose myself to as many interview questions as I could,” she explained. “When I did the interview, I wanted to be ready.”
Her effort paid off, and she relocated to Seattle for the job opportunity she’d always hoped for. Haile-Mariam currently works on the team in charge of Google Contacts, churning out quarterly projects as part of a world-class group of software engineers.
“I think my favorite part is working alongside the other engineers,” she said. “I work with the smartest people in the world.”
Haile-Mariam credited her experience at Mizzou Engineering for helping her become a technically-proficient engineer ready to tackle the challenges of her career.
“I think Mizzou did a great job preparing us and giving us the skills we need — the fundamentals — in order to work at a real job,” she said.
Haile-Mariam has two key pieces of advice for students hoping to follow a similar career path — pay close attention during data structures and algorithm courses and practice thoroughly for the interview process. They worked for her, after all, and now, she can return to MU to help recruit the next generation of Google engineers, like she did earlier this fall.
“It feels really good to be in this position,” Haile-Mariam said. “I want to inspire other students, and I want them to have the same opportunities I did.”