In his article How to Get a Job at Google Thomas Friedman describes some of the qualities that he looks for when hiring Google employees. He first states that he is not looking for a candidate to have good GPA or even a college degree for that matter. Some of the qualities that he looks for are general cognitive ability, emergent leadership skills, humility, ownership, and least importantly expertise. Friedman and Google as a whole have realized that "talent can come in so many different forms"; so no longer are they just looking for new-hires who have a 4.0 GPA from a prestigious college because they have found that these attributes are not always indicators that someone will preform well in their company. This highlights a problems with schools; because schools base a students competence on grades and test scores that is what they spend most of the time preparing students for. One of the main focuses of school should be to prepare students to be successful in their careers. Thus schools must shift their focus from grades and standardized testing to fostering creativity and collaboration skills. I am currently teaching a class where students work in groups everyday and use critical thinking and problems solving to explore concepts rather than me lecturing to them. I think this is a good start to preparing my students for a job at Google, but one area that I need to improve upon is giving them the opportunity to be creative and think out of the box. I would like to give my students more open ended problems or projects so that they can be creative and explore something that they are interested in in their own way. I believe that this is one of the best ways for students to learn and retaining information and it would help them develop the types of skills Google is looking for.