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Amanda De Vogel

Amanda De Vogel

Pilon School of Business
Year of Graduation: 2004
Program: International Business

International Business

Many people dream of working in the Caribbean but Amanda De Vogel is living that dream.

As Director of Customer Experience Design for Scotiabank International Banking, she travels to over 30 countries throughout the Caribbean and Central America.

The most interesting aspect of her work is handling the varying needs and nuances of such a variety of markets. It is also the most demanding.

“Managing across different languages, regulatory environments and systems presents a host of challenges that you wouldn't face working in one market,” says Amanda, who is responsible for leading the development of strategies to optimize sales management and effectiveness, as well as customer experience across International Banking Retail branches.

So how did she land such an ideal job by the age of 31? By doing a lot of grunt work as a summer contract student, to start.

“One of the best ways to compete is to be very eager and willing to do anything. Be prepared to give 110%,” advises Amanda.

She also offered to work on projects with a potentially long shelf life. That approach paid off as her original stint resulted in two years of contract work. Amanda landed her current position in December 2011, following just over seven years with Scotiabank. Over that time, she held a succession of management positions, gaining international experience in sales and marketing retail products.

Another strategy that helped pave the way: Amanda found herself an ally within the bank - someone she calls an “at-work Dad”; a mentor who had the experience and connections to guide her through the organization.

Like other successful business people, Amanda believes that networking is key to finding a potential mentor and subsequent new career opportunities. But she cautions aspiring professionals to invest their energy in the right places.

“Don’t just network with people just because they are well-connected. Invest in building meaningful relationships with people you feel a natural affinity with, who have the expertise you need to gain.”

Growing up in Oakville, Amanda always had her eye on a career that involved global travel. Following her studies at the University of Western Ontario (she holds a BA in International Comparative Studies and History), she chose Sheridan to gain international business training.

Amanda remains involved with the college, as a member of the International Business Program Advisory Committee and a guest speaker to business students. She is also Past President of the Toronto branch of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT).