From offstage to onstage, my expertise of turning into a Google Developer Skilled


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

    On the finish of Could 2022, after greater than a month of Google Developer Skilled interviews, I lastly turned 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 Specialists program is a worldwide community of extremely skilled know-how consultants, influencers, and thought leaders who’ve experience in Google applied sciences, and are energetic leaders within the house and contribute to the broader developer and startup ecosystem.

    My journey to turning 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 buddies 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 suitable folks. By being extra energetic locally by means of talking, I acquired an invite to grow to be a GDE in 2020. Nevertheless, 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 pal requested me once more if I used to be involved in turning into a GDE, and with the encouragement of a crew member from Google, I lastly began making ready for the GDE software.

    Utility course of

    In the course of the software course of, the Google crew pays cautious consideration to 2 elements:

    1. Technical competence: your technical experience within the discipline you’re making use of for
    2. Technical affect: corresponding to output in areas corresponding 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 centered 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 know-how. 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 closing assembly with the crew 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 take into account engaging in the feat of turning into a GDE a serious milestone.

    Whether or not it’s the GDE group or a Googler conducting the interviews, everybody was very pleasant. I acquired quite a lot of assist all through my journey to turning into a GDE and supply my assist to anybody involved in becoming a member of the group. Please be at liberty to attach with me at!


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