Raikes Alumnus Brings Business Sense to Google


Helping students land high-tech jobs at premiere companies is a priority at the Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Justin Hicks, a 2011 Raikes graduate received a business minor while majoring in computer science and math, and found his dream job with Google at their Boulder, Colo. location.

“I knew I wanted to work at Google,” Hicks said. “Every year I would send them my resume. It’s just something I did as part of my career planning that helped me get the job.”

Although Google receives thousands of resumes, Hicks believes his work at Raikes gave him the preparation necessary to get noticed.

“Something made them grab my resume. I believe it was a combination of learning how to present myself to a company and the hands-on work we did at Raikes in design studio learning how to interact in teams. I worked with IBM my junior year and Jacob North my senior year. Those experiences help set you apart when you’re competing for jobs.”

The Raikes School partners with the College of Business Administration to ensure all students graduate with either a business major or minor. Getting the business minor helped Hicks understand what business managers need even though most of his job involves software development.

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