Graduate with Google Apps

Graduating from college doesn't have to mean graduating from Google Apps.
Become a Google Guide to bring Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Chat, and more to work.

Why?

  • Get tips about being successful in finding and starting a job
  • Make immediate impact at work
  • Continue to use the tools you know and love
  • Be an in-house Google expert

What?

  • Receive periodic emails from Google with job tips and tools for helping your organization Go Google
  • Update us with your post-graduation plans
  • Be a resource and advocate for Google Apps at your company

How?

  • To find out more, select the tab above that indicates your post graduation plans and check out our FAQs
  • When you're ready to get started, click the big blue "Become a Google Guide" button

In a small company, a young grad can readily make a large impact. Small company executives often look to the next generation of employees to bring productivity enhancing technology to the workplace. These are some tips you can use to help your new company adopt Google Apps...

1. Do your research

It's important to be informed about the system your company currently uses if you're going to suggest Google Apps as an alternative or additional solution. Identify 3-5 big things that are important to your company that would be improved with Google Apps (i.e. cost savings, more efficient messaging, increased collaboration, improved trust and security, less IT headache, or the opportunity to move data to the cloud). Finally, determine who your IT decision maker is. In a small business, it might be the CEO or CFO, or you might have a dedicated IT employee or consultant.

2. Demonstrate the benefits of Google Apps

Conduct a project on Google Docs to demonstrate the benefits of real time collaboration. Show a coworker how you never delete an email in Gmail. Set up a Google Talk meeting with your boss when he or she is out of town. Later, you'll be able to point to these examples of how Google Apps has already made work more productive for you and your coworkers.

3. Deliver a report or presentation

Now that you've done your homework, you're ready to reach out to your IT decision maker. You might start off with an email introducing the idea. Follow up with a presentation using our customizable Pitch Deck or a report using our customizable Guide. Demonstrate cost savings with our Cloud Calculator. Don't forget to include the research you've gathered about why Google Apps is a good fit for your company's specific needs, and it always helps to make it personal by explaining why Google Apps has been beneficial for you. For more ideas now, check out our Google Apps for Small Business website.

Once you sign up as a Google Guide, we'll equip you with more resources to help you with everything from starting off on the right foot in your new role to getting your company up and running on Google Apps.

In a large company, the potential for impact is huge. You'll be able to work within an established framework to help push your idea forward. These are some tips you can use to help your new company adopt Google Apps...

1. Start small

It can be daunting to effect change that impacts an entire organization, but if you start small, you can pick one or two projects as pilots for using Google Apps. Use a Google form to collect survey data from customers, or use a Google calendar to track vacation time for the employees under a single manager. These projects can help build your case for Google Apps.

2. Build support from the ground up

Get your coworkers on board first. If the people who will use Google Apps day to day think it will make their lives more productive, it will be easier to get decision makers on board as well. Consider starting a team project on Google Docs or doing a presentation on the way Google Apps can help facilitate collaboration among your colleagues.

3. Research your company's needs

It's important to be informed about the system your company currently uses if you're going to suggest Google Apps as an alternative or additional solution. How long has your company used its current system? What do your coworkers think of it? Identify 3-5 big things that are important to your company that would be improved with Google Apps. Some examples might be cost savings, more efficient messaging, increased collaboration, improved privacy and security, less IT headache, or the opportunity to move data to the cloud.

4. Reach out to your IT decision maker

Now that you've done your homework, you're ready to reach out to your IT decision maker. This could be a Chief Information Officer, an IT associate, a procurement lead, or a finance manager, but most likely it will be a combination of all of these people and more. You might start off with an email introducing the idea to one or more of the people involved. Follow up with a presentation using our customizable Pitch Deck or a report using our customizable Guide. Demonstrate cost savings with our Cloud Calculator. Don't forget to include the research you've gathered about why Google Apps is a good fit for your company's specific needs. For more ideas now, check out our Google Apps for Business website.

Once you sign up as a Google Guide, we'll equip you with more resources to help you with everything from starting off on the right foot in your new role to getting your company up and running on Google Apps.

Starting your own business? Great!

Be a Google Guide for your own organization.

A Google Apps Account...

  • is affordable and eliminates the need to pay for a tech guy or gal - Google will handle your IT (24/7 support, 99.9% uptime)
  • lets your small business look big with professional @yourcompany email addresses and enterprise grade tools
  • enables you to spend time on your passion with no software downloads or complex hardware upgrades
  • allows you to stay organized in the cloud from Day 1
  • keeps your team collaborating regardless of whether you have an office, have teammates in different cities or are always on the go

Sound good? Sign up as a Google Guide. You can also find more information on our Google Apps Small Business site.

Still looking? Traveling the globe? Taking some time off?

We know how that goes!

You can still become a Google Guide. Click the sign up button and let us know. We'll send you useful post-college tips, templates that you can use to market yourself to potential jobs, fun travel hints and more! When you make a decision about your longer term plans, you'll have access to a form to let us know where you're headed.

(If you're on the job hunt, you can always take a look at our Google Job Board).