What to do With A Classics Degree: Work for Google!

We’ll start with the tweet (thanks Sylvia!):

… and then we might as well include the incipit of the post from the Gmailblog to have it on record in case it moves:

In this month’s Faces of Gmail we’re profiling Sarah Price, our history-loving, lindy-hopping community manager.

What do you do on the Gmail team?
I’m the Community Manager for Gmail. That means that I watch over Gmail’s user forum and talk with Gmail users in other places. For example, I’m one of the people behind @gmail on Twitter and Facebook. If you use Google+, you can follow me there, too!

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Gmail users have high expectations for us. They think of Gmail as their own and have great ideas about how to make it better. I love this about our users. Sometimes, though, we make a change that some people love and some people don’t like as much. For the people who don’t like the change, it can be hard to help them understand why we made it, and that we are still listening to their feedback.

What’s your favorite part of your job?
I love that I get to work with such an amazing product, and I love meeting Gmail users from all over the world, including the “Top Contributors” in our Help Forum. I also love helping people get to know each other. It’s very powerful when people come together over a common interest in Gmail.

What did you do before coming to Google?
I studied Latin Literature at Yale and Ancient History at Oxford. You are probably wondering how I ended up at Google! While I was a student, I also worked as a computer repair technician. I enjoy solving problems and teaching people about technology.

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… just noticed the photo of Sarah has her clutching a Loeb … a few other Classics-looking tomes in front of her as well.

UPDATE (a few hours later): I asked Sarah on google+ about the Loeb and she  said it was Suetonius; there’s also a copy of  Ursula LeGuin’s Lavinia in the stack, and assorted others …

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