Name: Patrick Hennessey
buy viagra cheaply School: Claremont McKenna College
Hometown: Westwood, Massachusetts
Undergraduate Degree: Management-Engineering, Philosophy, and Computer Engineering
Previous Employers: Product Management Intern at Lookout, Horizons Summer Immersive ‘17

Where will you be working and why?

This Summer I will be working at Intuit in Mountain View as a Product Management Intern. After two summers immersed in the tech industry in San Francisco, I have found what I truly love to do, and the place I love to be. Thus, I decided to strictly pursue Product Management roles in the Bay Area this summer. After a long recruiting season, I have secured a 12-week internship with, according to Forbes, the 13th best company to work for in the world!

 

“I had visited Intuit’s HQ on a networking trip a year prior to this, so I could speak very specifically about the company, which definitely gave me a leg up over other interviewees.”

How did you get your job?

Intuit was recruiting pretty heavily on my college’s campus this fall, and to narrow down the mass of interested students, they hosted an Idea Jam—a non-technical case competition. The winners of the competition would be offered interviews for a PM role at the company. I and three other students competed among 28 teams, and we ended up winning first place! All of us conducted interviews the following day, and within 48 hours two of us had internship offers. I had visited Intuit’s HQ on a networking trip a year prior to this, so I could speak very specifically about the company, which definitely gave me a leg up over other interviewees.

What is something you would do differently in the job search if you could do it again?

I wouldn’t waste as much time applying through the “front door”. I can’t tell you how many companies I applied to online, yet I didn’t get an interview with a single one. The key to recruiting is referrals. The seven or eight interviews I had all came through in-person career fairs, or through referrals. Don’t be scared to ask someone for a referral! The worst they can say is no (which never once happened to me)! I once even got a referral from someone I met in an Uber Pool! Use your alumni network, guess people’s emails, and do whatever it takes to get referrals, because those are what will open doors the most.

I once even got a referral from someone I met in an Uber
Pool! Use your alumni network, guess people’s emails, and do whatever it takes to get
referrals, because those are what will open doors the most.

Did you have a career shift that made you want to go into tech?

After my first internship in the tech industry, I knew it was for me. The culture, the people, the fast pace, the upward mobility, the opportunities—they are unparalleled! It is truly unique.

What’s the most meaningful thing you did at Horizons? What was important to you about that?

The most meaningful thing I did at Horizons was build relationships with my peers, the TAs, and the founders. Every Friday during the Summer 2017 program, students had the opportunity to submit anonymous peer recognition shout-outs. Darwish would choose a few of his favorites over the weekend and read them to the entire cohort every Monday morning. My proudest accomplishment for the summer was undoubtedly getting the most peer recognitions over the summer. Having an influence on those around me meant so much to me and although I learned so much in class, nothing can compare to the bonds I formed.

My proudest accomplishment for the summer was undoubtedly getting the most peer recognitions over the summer. Having an influence on those around me meant so much to me and although I learned so much in class, nothing can compare to the bonds I formed.

As an incoming student who just finished the job search process, do you have any advice for Horizonites who are in the process of applying to tech roles?

It’s all about hustle. The job search process can be extremely demoralizing, but don’t let it stop you. Let it motivate you! Every failed interview is a learning experience that better prepares you for the next (also be sure to do as many mock interviews as you can because it’s important to get feedback), so keep your head up and never give up. When you do get that first job offer it will feel so much better knowing you proved all those who doubted you wrong.

It’s all about hustle.

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