Anders Conroy

By Zoë Eitel
Anders Conroy got a job at Google six months after graduating. It was a mix of his internships, guidance from mentors and the good reputation of DePaul’s Marketing Sales Leadership program that helped Anders stand out from the other applicants.
There is an incorrect notion that someone has to go to an Ivy League school to work at a company like Google, but Anders says that’s not true, that even though applying may seem intimidating, Google representatives read every single application that comes in, so there’s no reason not to apply for a job you really want.
“A lot of the time, people don’t even want to apply, don’t want to submit the application, but just do it,” Anders says. “You might not get an interview your first time or your second time, but keep applying if you see cool roles because, if you don’t apply, you definitely won’t get the job.”
As an Enterprise Customer Development Representative, Anders works with large retail Google Cloud customers to utilize and expand the products they’ve purchased and manage their relationship with Google.

Enterprise Customer Development Representative at Google

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Anders says everything he learned at DePaul about technology sales and the specific programs used in the field was spot on, especially a class he took on cloud technology sales and being taught the program Salesforce. The cloud technology sales class Anders took was taught by Geoff Nyheim, who became a mentor for Anders both while he was in college and after he graduated–even though Geoff was no longer teaching but had taken a job at Amazon.
While his education was immensely important, Anders’ mentor relationships with Geoff and with Jackie Kuehl–a professor of marketing–helped him prepare for the working world.

“You might not get an interview your first time or your second time, but keep applying if you see cool roles because, if you don’t apply, you definitely won’t get the job.”

“With these mentors, I was able to start to understand corporate America and stuff that you really can’t learn directly in the classroom,” he says. “Them walking you through it is really helpful, teaching you what to do and what not to do in interviews and at a job is invaluable experience and knowledge.”
Anders says Jackie helped him prepare for an internship he got at Walmart Corporate with the category management class she taught. He says the classes he took in the semester before starting really got him equipped with everything he needed to know for the role.
Before the internship at Walmart, Anders interned at Best Buy corporate, a position he got through the company’s CIO whom he met while working at a Best Buy retail store in high school. Anders reached out to her after his freshman year in college asking if she needed any help that summer at corporate, and thanks to the relationship he had utilized, she set him up with an internship.
While he has had internships at major companies, Anders says interning for small, local companies adds to a resume too and can lead to better internships or jobs at dream companies.
“When you’re competing with people that go to state schools in the middle of nowhere where there are no internships, when you say you’ve had direct sales experience or you’ve had a marketing internship at some little firm, you learn a lot about how a business works and you can actually speak to any relevant experience,” he says. “Once you get that first internship and you get that first experience, it leads to the next one and they build off each other. You get interviews for more prestigious internships because the previous one then leads you to the next one.”