Jaleh’s previous job role was an energy analyst for Tata but a passion for digital advertising and programmatic activity inspired her decision to move to London and join Merkle. Jaleh’s analytical, logical mind combined with fantastic charisma make her a strong account manager in the programmatic team and the company as a whole.
Tell us five facts about yourself:
- Earlier this year I chopped off my hair and donated it to the charity Little Princess Trust.
- I have a PhD!
- I once beat a 6ft man in an eating competition.
- I am learning Danish.
- I have hand-crafted and engraved a clay brick.
What did you study at University?
I did my undergraduate degree in Microbiology, and then chose to specialise with a doctorate degree in Environmental Microbiology.
When you graduated from University, did you know that you wanted to work in Programmatic Display?
I had absolutely no idea! I have always loved problem-solving, and came across digital marketing when searching for roles that balanced data analysis with the ability to make direct impact. Once I did some research into the individual streams, I decided that Programmatic was where I would be best suited.
How did you get the job at Merkle?
It was probably down to a healthy dose of research. I had been recommended to the Company, so by the time recruitment called, I had done a lot of reading and was prepared with questions about the role, strategy, and the company.
Why did you choose to work at Merkle over other companies?
Company values are important to me so I searched for somewhere that had a transparent ethos and provided opportunities for its employees to develop. I also grilled my interviewer about the Company's attitudes towards innovation and learning, and loved their answers.
What do you love the most about working at Merkle?
I love the freedom. When interesting opportunities arise, we are encouraged to just go for it. As a result, I've been able to learn loads about the areas I enjoy the most, and get a really great variety of work.
What is the best Company social you have attended?
The Escape Rooms was probably my favourite Company social. It is such a hilarious way to get to know your colleagues.
What do you get up to during your lunch breaks?
I normally head to Bermondsey Street for food, and catch up with friends in the office space or in the park nearby.
What advice would you give to a budding applicant?
Take the time to think about what is really important to you. It sounds simple, but once you know what you do (or don't) want from your role, it's a lot easier to research and ask the right questions.
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