Seizing opportunities, flexibility and being in the right place at the right time landed International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) alumnus Jackson Godley a recruitment role at Google ANZ that he is absolutely relishing.
Godley, a Dean's List student who graduated from ICMS in 2012 with a Business Degree, is currently a Talent Outreach Programs Specialist for Google ANZ, based in Sydney. With his team, he is responsible for connecting, growing and hiring the "next generation of Googlers" in the region by engaging with students at universities through various outreach strategies. Top students are then hired into intern and graduate roles within the company.
"I am absolutely loving my new role! I still pinch myself from time to time that I'm working at such an amazing company in a role that I love," Godley said.
"Working in the tech industry is super exciting. It's constantly changing, so you have to be someone that likes working in ambiguity. It's definitely a booming industry and I don't see it slowing down anytime soon. It is also great seeing the positive impact that big tech companies like Google can have on the world. I know that with the good comes the bad, but I think the positives definitely outweigh the negatives."
Godley's career trajectory post-graduation has been upward, but not linear.
It started during his ICMS industry training which he undertook abroad at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London as part of the Banquets and Events team.
Industry training is a key part of every degree and diploma offered at ICMS, the career-focused higher education institution located in Northern Beaches, NSW, Sydney.
As an Australian, the opportunity to complete industry training in the United Kingdom was an added attraction and Godley said that on top of the work experience and connections he made, the ability to live and travel in Europe was an added bonus.
"Getting to work in a 5-star hotel on the other side of the world was an incredible experience; I couldn't recommend it highly enough... My main reason for choosing ICMS was that it would allow me to complete a degree that wasn't just sitting in a lecture hall three days a week, but which would give me a mix of the theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on practical industry experience. Getting to study with students from across the world was also a huge drawing card," Godley said.
"The practical experience I learnt complemented my studies at ICMS well, and provided a solid foundation of experience and knowledge that I was able to take into my various roles within Starwood Hotels & Resorts post-ICMS. The best part of the industry training - besides getting to live in London and travel Europe - was the amazing professional connections I made at the hotel. I'm still in touch with a lot of my ex-colleagues today, and we try and catch up from time to time when I'm in that part of the world."
Godley secured his current role after six years' experience working in the hospitality industry and deciding to try something new.
"At the time I was working as a Human Resources Coordinator for the Four Points by Sheraton Sydney Hotel (now Hyatt Regency Sydney). I had been in the role for two years as a HR generalist for the hotel, looking after recruitment, training and WHS predominantly. Recruitment was definitely my favourite part of the role, but I realised I had a lot more to learn if this was something I wanted to seriously pursue as a career," he said.
"I decided that I needed to step out of my comfort zone and try another industry. I was lucky that I had friend working at Google at the time, and there was a vacancy on his team for a Recruitment Coordinator that he referred me for. I decided to put my hat in the ring, and was very lucky to secure the role. I was in that role for nine months, before being promoted as an end to end Recruiter in our Google Cloud team."
From there Godley joined the Talent Outreach Programs team, and a recent highlight was accepting the award for the "Best Grad Employer 2019" on behalf of Google at the Grad Australia Awards Night.
"It is incredibly rewarding and motivating to be part of such a great team and to be recognised for all the hard work we have put in over the last year to help provide life-changing graduate opportunities for students in ANZ who come from such a diverse range of educational and cultural backgrounds."
Godley is proof that hard work, a solid educational foundation and a willingness to change tack and try new things can work out in the end.
"I'm very grateful to ICMS for the education, practical, and even life experience that I've obtained from completing my degree. It just shows that the Bachelor of Business Administration degree can open up a number of door for you," he said.
"I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be working in recruitment for a Tech company when I decided to major in Hospitality Management at ICMS, but I think all the skills I learnt are definitely transferrable to the role I'm doing now, and the connections I have made through the college are priceless."
To current and prospective students, Godley advises the following: "Be a gigantic sponge. The college provides so many amazing opportunities for learning, networking, socialising and industry experience. If you can, say 'yes' to everything. This might mean that you will have a pretty hectic schedule, but the things you will learn and the lifetime friends you will meet will make it all worthwhile. Also, it's important to remember that studying at ICMS will open heaps of career doors for you. Chances are, you won't always end up in the role or industry you thought you would, but just ride the wave, and enjoy!"
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