To celebrate the University of Pittsburgh Year of Global Initiative, Pitt Business is highlighting alumni who have taken their work #ToTheWorld through international roles after graduation.
Meet Josh Siva, a 2011 graduate of Pitt Business who majored in finance. He is a marketing manager for European market development at Insulet Corporation in London, England. We caught up with him recently for a brief Q&A.
How did you get to the position and location you are at now?
Before starting in London this summer, I was previously the head of marketing for Insulet’s Canadian business, where I started back in 2015. Prior to that, I began my career rotating through GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) future leaders program with placements in Philadelphia, Singapore, and eventually Toronto.
What is the favorite aspect of your job/daily workflow?
Outside of getting to work with so many incredible people across departments and geographies, I really enjoy getting to meet patient’s that use our company’s product and hearing about the impact our team’s effort has had on their lives. It’s incredibly rewarding.
How did Pitt Business specifically help you to get to where you are today?
Pitt Business gave me such a strong foundation to understand not only how a business operates, but more importantly how I needed to operate in whatever business or market I found myself in. Being agile and adaptable is key, and the Pitt Business experience set me up for success in that regard.
Favorite Pitt Business memory?
The classes taught by the legends, Professors Bob Atkin and Ray Jones. They taught me how to really think. In addition to that, their approach to business was incredibly practical. Through their teachings, they really had a way of bringing out the best in everyone.
What is your advice to current students planning an international career?
I would strongly encourage every Pitt Business student to study abroad for a semester, but especially if you’re curious about one day working outside of the U.S. Not only is this the best way to pressure-test whether the lifestyle is right for you, the experience itself is also once in a lifetime
Take the Next Step
Do you have an interest in international business? Join the Pitt Business Mentoring Match program to connect with alumni like Josh. More than 600 alumni have signed up to volunteer to help current students with career advice and networking.
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