"Wait, what do you do again?"
I feel like everyone in media is well familiar with this question from their family. Every holiday, every birthday, every family gathering – someone is always asking.
I sigh as I explain to my mother (for what feels like the umpteenth time), "Ma, I train diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives at Mediaocean. I also help out the Knowledge team, and train clients how to use some of our products."
Which is inevitably followed-up by her question, "But why Medioacean?"
"Well..how many DE&I and product trainers do you know, ma?"
At Mediaocean, our Learning and Development philosophy is one of growth and learning. We work to foster a culture of education. To provide opportunities for employees to grow, develop, and apply new skills. Mediaocean offers the opportunity for you to forge your own path, and affords the opportunities to get involved with projects and initiatives outside of your immediate role.
It is not every day you find someone who trains soft-skills and software. Where else will you find a Learning & Development training specialist in the Human Resources department writing marketing and communication pieces?
Why I chose Mediaocean is for the everyday opportunities afforded to me and all Mediaocean employees...
If you've never been a manager before, but want to test your leadership skills, you can lead an Affinity Group or Career Circle. If you want to improve your coaching skills, you can become a mentor in the Mentorship Program. If you want to be more involved in your global community, and volunteer with humanitarian efforts, you can do that at Mediaocean. The Global Philanthropy committee offers Mediaocean employees the opportunity to get involved with services projects in the local community and abroad.
Being a woman in tech is always a challenging prospect. But with affinity groups such as "Women at MO" and "Diversity at MO," I am afforded the opportunity to meet with other women, BIPOC, and AAPI professionals at the organization, and share ideas for how better to remove obstacles for marginalized professionals, and create a more inclusive environment.
I know why I joined Mediaocean, but I often wondered what brought my friends and colleagues here as well.
I reached out to newer folks to see what led their career journey here. What was it about Mediaocean that helped them make the leap here?
Everyone's journey was distinct and special. It reminded me that we really do only hire the best talent! I wanted to share their stories, as they all had unique messages to share with those looking to join the Mediaocean team.
I was interested in the technology side of media. I applied to Mediaocean because they had a rich history in the advertising world. What stood out to me the most was learning about all the initiatives employees could participate in to grow themselves at Mediaocean. I really liked the different learning paths that were available to all employees. I relished the different continuing education opportunities to not only grow myself personally, but also grow my career at Mediaocean.
The interview process was also very unique. Mediaocean participates in reduced-bias hiring practices. So an interviewee's name and residence is removed from their resume, so as to minimize inherent biases in the resume review process. Because everyone has inherent biases! Mediaocean doing what they can to reduce biases through this interviewing process, as well as through their unconscious bias training, was really what sold Mediaocean for me.
I saw an advertisement to work at Mediaocean on LinkedIn. I also saw on LinkedIn that an old friend of mine from high school worked there. I reached out to him to get an honest opinion of whether or not he enjoyed his job, and he had nothing but great things to say about the culture of the company! I came from a job at a startup where my work/life balance was not ideal, and I was definitely looking for an organization that values their employees, regardless of their background. I researched the company values, the leaders at the company, and felt like I personally aligned with those values.
I had been working in ad sales for two and a half years, and was completely obsessed with advertisements. I loved getting small businesses set up with buying advertising, and getting their foot in the advertising door. I had one friend who worked at Mediaocean, and tons of friends in the ad industry. My friend at Mediaocean would talk about how great it was, but I was a bit of a skeptic. I thought that I should probably check things out for myself. But when I was looking up information about Mediaocean, I just happened to see that there was an account manager position open. I knew I would be perfect for this role, so I went ahead and applied for it.
Seeing all the accolades that Mediaocean receives was definitely a draw. I watched every video possible on YouTube (which there weren’t many), and public panel interviews to get a sense of the culture, and was continually impressed. The gravity Mediaocean holds in the industry is apparent.
It was in that interviewing process that I made the decision to join. Everyone was kind, peaceful, and confident throughout the interview process. It was clear that there was so much growth happening with the organization. I made it very clear during my interview that continuing education was very important to me, and I was presented with all the potential educational opportunities Mediaocean had to offer. The fact that continuing education was an opportunity for all employees at Mediaocean was incredible. That it did not matter whether you were an individual contributor or director-level employee, educational opportunities were always available to you is what sold it for me.
I knew I had to be a part of this organization.
I have always been fascinated by technology. I was drawn to Mediaocean because I felt like they were at the forefront of the ad-tech industry. I reached out to a friend who was currently working at Mediaocean, and my friend had nothing but positive things to say about the company - especially the company culture. One of the biggest things that stood out for me about Mediaocean was the positive work/life balance the organization maintains - not to mention the tight-knit community that they have built within it!
I was so excited to hear when I got the job, because I was ready for new challenges. And when considering the new and challenging aspects of my role, I was not worried. I knew that through every potential challenge, I would have an incredible team behind me offering their support.
Everyone's journey to our organization is unique. We all have different reasons as to why we are here, and Mediaocean values all of our professional expeditions and experiences.
We all know why we are here, so we'd like to hear from you. What do you do? Why would you like to join us?
And most importantly - in the concise, comical utterances of my mother -
About the author: S.J. Lilly, M.S.
S.J. is Mediaocean's Team Lead for Learning & Development. Externally, she trains Mediaocean clients on how to use Spectra OX Spot. Internally, she trains her Mediaocean teammates on the topics of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. S.J. has over 10 years of experience and previously worked in marketing, offering a unique perspective for Mediaocean’s clients. She has her undergraduate degree in Education, and her Masters of Science in Communication from Northwestern.