Aug. 12, 2008
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What happens when your primary hobby that has filled your competitive drive for the first 22 years of your life ends?
Former Vanderbilt women's basketball player Jillian Danker is using the competitive drive that she once had on the court to drive her career in the corporate world as an account manager with Google Inc., in Chicago.
"It is a very intense, competitive and collaborative environment," Danker said. "We are certainly one of those companies that subscribes to working hard and playing hard, without a doubt."
Danker, who was a four-year letterwinner for the Commodores from 1999-2002, began working for Google last September after completing her master's degree at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management in May 2007.
In order to get a job with Google, candidates usually go through a lengthy interview process that has been well documented. Fortunately for Danker, her route to full-time employment did not take quite as long because of a summer internship she did with the company in 2006.
"It can be pretty lengthy," Danker said of the interview process. "I was pretty fortunate given that I got to do an internship. A lot of people go through a six-month interview process before landing an actual offer."
Although Google is globally known for its domain name, there are many more facets to the company beyond just technology.
"I work for a company that is known to be a technology company, but in all reality it is really a global media company," Danker said.
As an account manager, Danker's primary responsibility is to work with retailers located in the Midwest.
"What I do with my clients is try to enhance their marketing scheme," Danker added. "I do work on their online marketing, but in addition to that, Google has expanded into the offline world as well, so we have print, audio and television platforms. In my job, I'm looking to put together a 360-degree approach for my clients."
Working for a company such as Google is something that never crossed Danker's mind when she was younger, but so far she is finding the job to be right up her alley.
"What I really like best about this job is that it is very fascinating," Danker said. "Things are ever-changing in this part of the business world. It definitely keeps me on my toes and keeps me busy."