U Of T Alumna Lands Google Job By Putting Herself First

Angry Ayad believes in putting yourself first.

The alumnus of the University of Toronto Scarborough management program is now a technical account manager at Google.

She says the opportunity came only after she left her former full-time job at Microsoft to take time out to travel. But before she could leave for South America, she received a call from the search engine giant. Two months of studying new technical skills and six interviews later, she landed her dream job – and still managed to make it to Ecuador to volunteer as a hiking guide.

“If I had stayed [put] like everyone told me, I could never have prepared for my job at Google,” says Ayad. “Listen to your body, mind and heart, and if you have a dream, go for it. ”

Ayad graduated from the first cohort of the Management and International Business (MIB) Cooperative Program in 2017. The program provides students with fundamental management skills, combined with national and international work and study opportunities to network and learn the industry through a global lens.

She previously studied economics at University College London before landing an internship at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. She also completed two internships at Microsoft Canada, where she gained valuable experience working with non-cloud and cloud technologies.

As a communication facilitator in Kenya, Ayad worked in the hospital provost’s office to secure donations from private companies to help families with the cost of health care. She credits the experience for preparing her to work in her current industry.

“At 19, I learned a lot about how to communicate and how to get people to hear you. Being a girl who can speak loudly and make her voice heard is super helpful, especially in tech and business, which is still a male-dominated industry.

During her years as a student, Ayad pursued extracurricular activities that prioritized connecting communities and facilitating insightful conversations. This is what brought her to TEDxUTSC – first as Director of Stakeholder Relations, then as President. Under this role, Ayad hosted his 2015 conference, Unleash Your Fantasy.

Despite a passion for public speaking, Ayad was not always comfortable with the idea. She attributes a management communication course taught by James Howard, a strategy lecturer, as a launch pad that equipped her with presentation and leadership skills.

“It changed everything for me. The whole class was about being able to stand in front of a group and speak loud and clear to communicate meaningful points,” says Ayad, who served as Howard’s teaching assistant for two semesters. “He helped us discover a side of ourselves that we always wanted to show. “

Now able to help others, Ayad strongly believes in the value of servant leadership, which focuses on supporting employees’ professional and personal goals to foster an inclusive and uplifting work environment.

“Servant leadership is key to having a diverse workplace – it allows someone to move up the ladder, the new parent to have stability, and the 22-year-old a chance to travel. It’s non-negotiable for the future of the workforce,” Ayad says.

Ayad encourages students from any field to earn certification in foundational knowledge of the cloud ecosystem, coding languages, and data science — all the platforms that increasingly guide our daily lives and our decision making.

She also wants to share her experiences and mentor business students considering the tech industry, especially new immigrants, women, and LGBTQ professionals.

“I’ll never wonder if it’s okay to take time off. I will have no doubts about my employability with a gap on my CV. We have to let go of that mentality,” she says.

“If you invest the time and effort and really believe in yourself, you can accomplish anything. “

Ayad will join the Management Pathways IT Careers panel on February 8 to share his career story and advice for students on how to break into the tech industry.

“There has been an increased demand for talent and growth in the technology industry for cooperative management students in the BBA program,” says Sicha Maharaj, Deputy Director, External Relations and Communications in the Management Department.

“It’s wonderful to have alumni like Marah ready to help current students embark on emerging tech careers. “

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