Googling > Schooling

Googling > Schooling

Knowing how to find an answer is more valuable that knowing a lot of answers.

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

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Googling > Schooling


Junior Engineer: "When will I finally outgrow the stage where I have to Google things all the time?"

Senior Engineer: "Never."

It's a running joke among programmers, coders, and software engineers, that all we do is just google how to do stuff.

The joke here, of course, is that it implies that we don't actually know anything.

And so all the world's largest billion and trillion dollar companies, the Amazon's and Netflixes of the world, the global banking system, all kinds of government entities, everything is all precariously kept afloat by these people that ostensibly don't know anything.

It's funny, because it's both true, and not true.

What's true is that even the most senior software engineers have to google how to do stuff every day.

What's not true is that these engineers therefore don't know anything and suck at their craft. Software engineers are some of the highest paid employees of all time, after all, precisely because they're so effective.

This reveals an important truth:

Knowing how to find an answer is more valuable that knowing a lot of answers.

And here's the kicker: this applies to every employee, not just software engineers.

Every company wants to hire the person that knows how to find answers and get themselves unstuck, no matter the situation. Because such an employee is quite literally unstoppable.

So, what challenge have you faced in the past, that you didn't know how to solve? How did you get yourself unstuck?

Make sure you tell that story on your job hunt!

Chances are, it'll get you hired.


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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is CEO at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a classically trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.