Longguang (William) Song, a USC graduate, recently obtained a full-time offer from Google. Congratulations!

William obtained his MS and BS degree from USC and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications in 2015 and 2013, respectively. During his study at USC, he conducted directed research on video/image quality assessment at MCL.

1. How did your graduate study at USC and DR experiences at MCL help you? (technically and psychologically)

The experiences of studying at USC and joining MCL change the way I think of everything. I have learnt a lot from Professor Kuo’s class as well as his insightful talks, which are really eye opening. Another great thing is that I have met lots of smart and friendly people here. Some of them become my best friends.

2. What was the hardest time during job hunting and how did you overcome it?

Looking for a job is tough, at least for me. The worst thing I have is that I didn’t get a single interview for almost three months, I was really frustrated. Thanks to my friends, they gave me lots of support so that I can keep going. So be nice to your friends.

3. Suggestions to current graduate students? (e.g. interview strategy and preparation, etc.)

I suggest students who want to find a job here start preparing as soon as possible. It will be helpful if you can gain some research and internship experience. In addition, interview is a communication process. Be sure to practice how to talk clearly about yourself and you ideas.

I hope all of you can enjoy your life here.