BreakLiner Amanda Wade landed a role as a Data Analyst within the Internal Audit team at Google! Here is part of her story:
“I grew up in Maryland with a somewhat unusual background: I was a ballet dancer with a deep love for math. These two things overlap! It’s all about repetition in both, building on your skills over and over, with each step getting progressively harder until you master them. They also both have a creative element. In ballet, that’s more obvious, but there is creative beauty within math too. There may be 50 different ways to solve a problem.
My love of math flourished when I got to high school and connected with an amazing teacher who believed in me. I doubled down on math classes and was soon doing AP statistics, and secondary calc—all the highest-level courses. It was so much fun for me! My family still doesn’t understand it; they all hate math!
I went to Towson University and earned a BS and an MS in math. Then I joined T. Rowe Price, where I worked for six years as a quantitative analyst and risk manager.
When I decided I was ready for a new challenge and wanted to find new ways to grow in my field, I reached out to BreakLine. Their team connected me with Google. From the first meeting, I was blown away by Google’s inclusive culture and how committed they are to helping people be at their best.
When Google offered me a position as a data scientist on their internal audit team, I was thrilled! So was my husband, who is the most supportive person in the world. He said, ‘I’m so glad they see how amazing you are!’
I started at Google in January of this year, and my job is to ensure the safety of anyone who uses our products, from analyzing protections for children to ensuring payments are handled properly. It’s a perfect role for me because it uses both my love of problem-solving and of course all of my statistics and data science experience.
I’m equally excited that Google’s culture lives up to my expectations. We are champions for each other and cheer on our colleagues even for small things. It’s beautiful; I love it.”