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From offstage to onstage, my expertise of changing into a Google Developer Knowledgeable

Written by Shuyu (Asher) Guo, Dart & Flutter GDE, China

On the finish of Might 2022, after greater than a month of Google Developer Knowledgeable interviews, I lastly grew to become the fourth Flutter & Dart GDE in China.

I imagine that the title of GDE ought to be very acquainted for Android or Machine Studying builders. If you happen to’re not acquainted, the Google Developer Consultants program is a worldwide community of extremely skilled expertise consultants, influencers, and thought leaders who’ve experience in Google applied sciences, and are energetic leaders within the area and contribute to the broader developer and startup ecosystem.

My journey to changing into a GDE

In 2013, Android Bus was my first publicity to the Android group and it was on the ApkBus convention that I got here into contact with the primary GDE I’ve ever met. At that convention, I made Android developer mates and I additionally met some occasion organizers who invited me to talk at future occasions.

After the convention, I began my public talking journey and spoke about Flutter due to the alternatives that got here from networking and assembly the fitting folks. By being extra energetic locally via talking, I acquired an invite to grow to be a GDE in 2020. Nonetheless, I discovered that the applying course of is carried out in English and due to this, I in the end didn’t full the applying course of.

In 2021, whereas I used to be talking on the Google DevFest convention, a GDE buddy requested me once more if I used to be considering changing into a GDE, and with the encouragement of a group member from Google, I lastly began getting ready for the GDE utility.

Utility course of

Through the utility course of, the Google group pays cautious consideration to 2 facets:

  1. Technical competence: your technical experience within the discipline you’re making use of for
  2. Technical affect: comparable to output in areas comparable to public talking, articles, and open supply

I used to be not assured in talking in English so I practiced earlier than my interviews and I additionally translated a few of my articles and posted them to Medium in English. Then I began my interview journey. The primary interviewer primarily targeted on the technical content material of Flutter and Dart and regardless of my little expertise with Flutter, my first group interview was accomplished.

The day after I accomplished the preliminary interview, I acquired a notification that I used to be assigned an interviewer for the product interview. The content material of the product interview primarily revolved round a few of my expertise with Flutter expertise. The interviewer was within the content material of the books I had written and a few awards I gained that occurred to be within the bookcase behind me, proving to be a wonderful dialog starter. The subsequent day, I acquired an e-mail letting me know that I handed the interview – and after I signed the varied agreements and phrases and situations, I had a last assembly with the group to grow to be a GDE! As soon as I formally acquired the affirmation e-mail from the GDE program, I used to be pulled into numerous teams, Slack, and tasks. As a developer, I contemplate carrying out the feat of changing into a GDE a significant milestone.

Whether or not it’s the GDE group or a Googler conducting the interviews, everybody was very pleasant. I acquired a variety of help all through my journey to changing into a GDE and provide my help to anybody considering becoming a member of the group. Please be at liberty to attach with me at!



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