DuBose Web Employee Spotlight | Market Research Intern - Jolie Delia

By Hannah Armistead
DuBose Web Employee Spotlight | Market Research Intern - Jolie Delia

We are kicking off our employee spotlight series with Market Research Intern, Jolie Delia! Get to know Jolie here, including what she does at DuBose Web, her systems for productivity, a book that has inspired her lately and more!

 

What do you do at DuBose Web?

I’m a market research intern. I find potential connections through internet research and phone calls, and I compile and organize contact information. I also send out emails to make initial contact with potential partners.

 

When did you start working here?

I started working here in late September 2018. I sent in my application right after reading about the position in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s weekly newsletter.

 

Where do you attend college and what are you studying?

I attend college at the University of South Carolina, and I’m studying Mass Communications with a minor in French language.

 

Any plans for after graduation?

I do not have any set plans for after graduation. Although I’m a little apprehensive about not having something figured out and set in stone, it’s really nice to have my options open! I have a wide variety of interests, and I really like doing all different types of jobs, so it’s hard to narrow my focus down to one set job. But I am glad that there’s a long lists of things I know I’d really like to do.

 

Do you have any systems or habits in place that help you with productivity?

I have a planner I write in every day and a big wall calendar to keep up with deadlines, meetings and plans. I even color-coordinate it. I don’t like having a set daily schedule because I need flexibility and spontaneity or else I get a little restless. I love using to-do lists because I feel so satisfied crossing tasks off my list, plus it gives me the freedom to set my own schedule while I complete my tasks.

 

What does your desk look like? Cluttered? Tidy? Organized chaos?

My work desk is very tidy, which is funny because I’m not a very tidy person. My room and my car are usually cluttered and messy. But with my desk, I make sure everything is in the right place and organized before I leave every day. I think I like working in a clean and open area.

 

What have you learned while working at DuBose Web?

I’ve learned a lot about marketing and sales practices. DuBose Web really focuses on being innovative, so I’ve learned a lot about new and upcoming marketing strategies that are more personal and effective. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the root of sales, such as defining the correct persona and knowing who to connect with when searching for potential partners. I really feel like I’m learning efficient and meaningful sales practices

 

When you’re not working, studying or attending class, how do you like to spend your time?

I love watching sitcoms and crime documentaries, going to concerts and doing anything related to creative writing. I also spend a lot of time scrolling on Twitter. My friends and I send tweets back and forth all day long (they always send me the tweets about astrology). I absolutely love hanging out with my friends and family. I’m a really social person so if I’m not busy I’m usually at my sorority house or at one of my friends’ houses. I also love hanging out with my roommate’s dog. We like to take walks around campus, and she likes to dance with me when I’m listening to music in the apartment.

 

Do you have a book, podcast or other resource that has inspired you lately?

The last book I read that really inspired me was “Girl Boss”, which is a memoir about the founder of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso. Nasty Gal is an online clothing company that sells refurbished vintage clothing, and the founder started the company herself by shopping in thrift stores, fixing up the clothes herself and then reselling them through her eBay account. The book was full of really good professional tips, such as what to write in a cover letter and how to present yourself in an interview. Plus, the founder is very unorthodox and built her empire through non-traditional business practices. I think, in college, students are always told there is one way to be successful, especially in business, and if you’re not willing to fit that mold, you won’t make it. This always made me really nervous because I was unsure if I fit that mold. Reading “Girl Boss” really put things into perspective for me, and I really began to embrace my own professional skills, values and goals.

 

What’s one thing about you that surprises people?

My absolute favorite food are tomatoes, and I think a lot of people find this surprising and a little weird. I grew up in New Jersey, and my grandfather grows these really yummy Jersey tomatoes in his backyard so I’ve loved them since I was little. I also love anything tomato-based, such as spaghetti sauce, tomato bisque soup and chili. I’m pretty sure I eat some type of tomato related-food once a day, and I even eaten them for breakfast sometimes. My absolute favorite meal is when my dad makes fried tomatoes in the summer. I get excited for tomato season every year.

 

If you had to choose only 3 adjectives to describe yourself, which would you choose?

I would say I’m creative, ambitious and lighthearted.

 

What is your favorite part about being part of the DuBose Web team?

I love the atmosphere and attitude of the DuBose Web team. Everyone treats one another with respect and kindness, and these attitudes really create a great working environment. Mistakes are treated as opportunities to learn and grow, and everyone’s ideas and thoughts are listened to and validated. Whenever I have any questions or need any help, everyone is more than happy to give me a hand. It made joining the team easy and enjoyable. I’ve never worked in a professional environment that is so kind and so helpful.

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