An Interview with Market Source Assistant Manager Mezo Cooper
What did you do before joining Market Source?
I studied at Rutgers University and acquired a BA Public health Degree before going on to gain an MA in Medical Lab Science at URI. After university, I was fortunate to secure an internship at the RI department of health. Once I finished my internship I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with my career, and I applied to lots of different jobs within a variety of sectors.
Why did you choose Market Source?
I was looking to get my foot in the door and gain some work experience while being compensated to make ends meet and the entry-level opportunities on offer at Market Source seemed a perfect fit.
When did you decide that working at Market Source could become a long-term career?
I had been working at Market Source for a couple of weeks and I wasn’t sure if this was something I could see myself pursuing long term until one morning the management team held a business development meeting. It was during that meeting that the meritocracy philosophy of the business, and the structured career path from entry-level to senior management was explained. I learned that all it takes to be successful in this industry was to follow an already planned out system, have a positive attitude, and incredible work ethic. I left that meeting feeling unbelievably excited and motivated. I had a real fire in my belly and I couldn’t wait to get back to work.
What was your biggest challenge to overcome?
Sales, I had never done anything sales related before and it put me outside of my comfort zone. The incredible coaching and training I received every day helped me to overcome this.
How did you make it to Assistant Management?
I focused on the details and learned the systems, it is a copy and paste business and I just had to follow a route which had already been completed many times before. I applied all of the information I was taught during workshops and seminars and met the requirements for advancement.
What has been your secret to success?
I used to play Division 1 football at Rutgers University and I believe this set me up for success. Being an athlete and playing in a team I had already developed a competitive nature, strong work ethic and solid teamwork skills. I realized that all of these skills were transferable into my work at Market Source. There are many similarities between business and sport, in order to succeed it requires commitment, hard work and determination, and these were three skills I was fortunate to already possess.
What advice would you give to someone who has just joined Market Source?
During my time in this industry I’ve learned that you must often reference your main reason for doing what you’re doing, and think about the big picture. If you don’t do this, it’s easy to get distracted by the little things and lose focus.
What are your goals for the future?
My short-term goal is to get promoted to senior management and then take over one of the campaigns within the Rhode Island office.
My long-term goal is to help those in my team to make it to management and assist them in taking on their own projects.