TikToker shares how he went from having a 1.2 GPA to getting a job at Google: ‘I didn’t have the best start’

A Google employee is drawing praise for sharing the journey that brought him to his current job.

San Francisco-based TikToker @nd10.tech shared the info during a video posted in early May. In the clip, he explained his seven-year journey from having a 1.2 GPA in college to now working for one of the world’s biggest tech companies.

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The TikToker begins by noting that, despite now working as a software engineer, he was originally not majoring in computer science. At the time, he was a student at California Polytechnic State University and starting to watch YouTube videos from new Google employees, sharing how they’d gotten their jobs in just a few months.

However, it took @nd10.tech a bit longer than that.

“I’m not naturally gifted, and I didn’t have the best start,” he says in the clip.

In fact, it’s the length of @nd10.tech’s journey that’s garnering so much praise. Many commenters were inspired by his relatable career trajectory, which featured plenty of ups and downs.

The TikToker explains that he received poor grades in many classes during his freshman year. Those failures, though, ended up being a blessing in disguise, thanks to his school’s “exclude all” policy.

“The cool thing here is that getting a D or an F is arguably better than getting a C,” he explains.

If @nd10.tech had gotten a C in his failed classes, he couldn’t have retaken them. But, since he failed, he was able to replace those grades entirely, which gave his GPA a big boost.

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After a year, he’d retaken his failing classes and doubled his GPA. Then, he changed his major to computer science.

From there, he formatted his résumé based on YouTube tutorials, which showed him what tech companies prioritize in their applicants. He eventually got an internship at Intuit, which paid him $38 an hour.

He continued to beef up his résumé and got a postgrad job at Microsoft, which paid him $160,000 per year.

“I think this is where my career really took off,” he says in the video. “I started having recruiters reach out to me instead of the other way around.”

Then he moved to Verily, a research organization operated by Google’s parent company, Alphabet. That job led him to now, where he has accepted an offer to work at Google for $344,000 a year.

TikTokers had plenty to say about @nd10.tech’s transparent video.

“Thanks for walking us through this, super helpful and gives me hope,” one user wrote.

“Needed this motivation,” another agreed.

“This is straight-up dedication and hard work! Congratulations!” another added.

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