3 career tips from Google Career Certificate graduates

2. Be patient with yourself (and the course).

Before immigrating to the U.S., Sagar Mehta worked as an analyst at a prestigious consulting firm in India. Despite his background, he found it hard to find a similar position in his new country. “I didn’t have a degree or a professional certificate from the U.S., so it was difficult to show companies why I was the best fit for a role,” he says.

After taking a job in the automotive industry, he eventually found his way back to data analytics through the Google Data Analytics Certificate program. He had to take several breaks in his studies due to caregiving responsibilities, but he persevered and completed the program within a year.

During interviews, employers would acknowledge his Google Career Certificate, and Sagar finally felt his skills were appreciated. In the end, he landed a data analytics role at his dream company.

When asked for his tips on finding motivation to complete the program, Sagar says, “As the course progresses, you might take longer to understand things. Don’t let this demotivate you, and don’t try to finish the course ASAP. Instead, set a goal to spend a certain amount of time each day, week, or month to learn.”