Spotlight On: Trish German
Name: Trish German
Title: Account Director
Joined Mediaocean: February 3, 1986
College: SUNY Albany
Tell us about your journey. Why advertising and technology?
Let’s just say, it wasn’t a direct path! My journey began at SUNY Albany - I was an accounting major, and then my advisor said I should really take a computer class. I ended up liking it and graduated with a Computer Science degree. When I left SUNY Albany, I got hired into a management training program at a financial services company where I met a woman who had worked at DDS, and she said she thought I would love this company. That’s how I ended up here. I started in support in print media, took a liking to it, learned about production, and went on from there to training and development, and then to account management. I don’t know if it helped me get hired, but my technical background has served me well and helped me in understanding how we do what we do here!
What are a few of your strengths and passions? How has working at Mediaocean enabled you to flex some of these muscles?
I’m a people person, interested in what we do here, and what we do is important for the industry. The account role suits me well because of the client contact. I truly believe relationships are the key to making a great experience, whether it’s selling shoes or technology. It’s enabled me to meet many different people from different walks of life, and to travel! I was incredibly scared to travel and fly when I started here, and it’s allowed me to finally get over my fear.
What do you enjoy most about working at Mediaocean?
From a work perspective, it’s carving your own path. I never thought I’d have the opportunity to do so many different things in a day, in a career. The openness to carve your own way is really great.
Coffee or tea?
Tea. The British way, with milk.
Give some tips for someone looking to land a job like yours.
• Let a smile be your umbrella.
• Bring snacks. (You’re always on the go, and everyone will always want food.)
• Always wear flats or comfortable shoes.
• Get a computer science degree or know something about the industry.
What are your favorite websites that you can be found browsing during lunch?
Facebook, LinkedIn, TMZ – I’m a royalist, I like to hear what Kate and Will are up to.
If you were stranded out at sea and could only have 3 things, what would they be?
Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, cell phone + service, cheese and crackers.
If your life were made into a movie, who would play you and why?
One of two women - Sandra Bullock or Julia Roberts. Julia starred in my favorite movie- Pretty woman. Sandra Bullock- I think she’s a little more like me- in those crazy movies, she’s doing the job right but just not serious about it, or she’s serious and they don’t take her seriously. And she reminds me a bit of myself.