Oct 23, 2020
E52 Shivangi Vyas: Breaking National Barriers
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I hope you have a long distance calling card ready, because in this episode we speak with Shivangi Vyas in Toronto, Canada. As a native of India, Shivangi shares her perspective as a professional working in a foreign country. 

Companies who struggle to find diverse talent often tend to follow internal processes that are geared towards finding the right cultural fit as opposed to the right diverse fit. Shivangi thinks that a CS degree should not be necessary for software roles, because she has met many people who are self taught, working in tech firms and are doing great. Additionally, technologies change and evolve more frequently than a university’s curriculum can keep up. The apprenticeship model is a great fit for the tech industry because what you learn at an organization is really different from what is taught in school. This model will be beneficial to attract talent who is self taught or looking to move into tech from a different industry. Shivangi has found that inclusivity programs can really go a long way to retain diverse staff. At her company, they have workshops where employees of different backgrounds talk about their struggles, upbringing, life challenges, and how they overcame adversity. She finds these programs make her feel more welcomed working for a company in a foreign country. 

Shivangi Vyas has over 5 years of experience across legal tech, SaaS, non-profit and financial services industry, She is currently working as a Marketing Coordinator at LexisNexis, a leading legal technology firm. Shivangi is extremely passionate about bringing stories to life by converging marketing and data analysis. She has a proven track record of delivering successful marketing initiatives, in alignment with cross-functional departments that meet revenue goals.

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