Sravan Ankaraju’s book, Hackers and Heroes (Divergence Press) examines the challenges posed by the 21st century jobs market and how anyone can find job security if they are willing to learn new skills.
Accompanied by Sravan’s own coming-to-America story that’s sure to inspire, Hackers and Heroes demonstrates that there is room in the new tech economy for everyone to do more than merely survive, but to thrive.
But you can’t do it alone, and you’ve got to put in a little work to get there, too.
To do more than merely survive—to have a seat at the proverbial table—you have to do a good job in the present. You need to take care of your life today, your family today, your customers today, so that you are set up for future success. It’s not easy—in fact, be prepared to do just about anything necessary to make it work.
But patience is also key. It’s easy to lose sight of your end goal or to feel overwhelmed thinking of the enormity of it all. Focus on the situation in front of you. Do the best you can, and doors will open. Hackers and Heroes will show you the way.
Hire veterans is one of the key messages in the book for companies looking to increase their sources for the high-demand talent for emerging technologies.
Even with 30 years in the business working for organizations such as Microsoft, IBM, and Apple, or maybe because of 30 years in the business, I find Sravan’s book timely, invaluable and the tiniest bit scary. The world is changing in ways unimagined by the pandemic and he draws a path for us to change and moreover grow with it.
Jim Lathrop, Sales Leader, Microsoft
Through continued conversations with SMBs to large, blue-chip companies, Founder and President of Divergence Academy, Sravan Ankaraju, has heard several recurring themes expressed by many of the school's employer partners. Given Divergence Academy's output and work with transitioning military, he is uniquely positioned to spread awareness on several of these topics. In the Speaker Series, Sravan sits down with Michael Pett to discuss apprenticeship models and embracing diversity in the workplace. Michael Pett is the Head of Military and Veterans Program at Uber.
Sravan Ankaraju believes in well-designed apprenticeships that benefit learners and prospective employers alike. Apprenticeships help improve productivity, while fostering loyalty, increased retention, and a happier workforce. Watch the video for Michael's two cents about the kind of impact these "earn and learn" programs can have on companies and why the veteran population should not be overlooked when hiring.
Sravan Ankaraju sits down with Trent Peterson, Global Program Manager - Talent Diversity at NetApp to discuss the importance of ERGs: Employee Resource Groups. Learn about the steps NetApp has taken to foster a more diverse, inclusive workplace where employees can bring their full selves to the table. When it comes to empowerment through action, Trent offers tips to other companies and provides timeless advice to any one looking to pivot.
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