Asset 2

Q&A with Marketing Team Member Ziggy!

21 November 2020
Ziggy Ma Pic

We were delighted to catch up with our marketing intern Ziggy! Ziggy has brought a breath of fresh air to the Mason Alexander team. He has a wealth of experience in marketing and PR and represents a new period of growth for Mason Alexander.

Read more about Ziggy here:

Where did you grow up? Where do you live?

I grew up in Blackrock and I still live here with my family.

What did you want to do as a kid growing up?

I played a lot of sport growing up, so I had always envisioned myself as a professional athlete in some capacity.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? Or What job would you be really bad at?

I think I would be terrible at accountancy or anything working with numbers really!

What is your role at MA?

I am the Marketing Intern

What does a typical day at work / or work week look like for you?

A typical day of work varies, depending on what is going on within the company for that week. We cover an array of stuff within the company, from social channels, blogs, content planning, events and design work. I also help Katie, my manager, to give her a hand with anything she needs day to day.

What’s the best way to start the day?

I think as we are all WFH at the moment it is important to get out of the house or try and be active before you start your day. I try to get out of the house for a
coffee, chat with my parents and prepare for the day ahead. I try to reduce any screen time before I start work as it can be tough staring at a computer for the day.

Any tips for people looking for a new job?

I think it is important to just apply for whatever role you think you might enjoy. People get bogged down before applying convincing themselves that they don’t have the right qualifications, but you never know what will happen when your name comes across their desk. Be brave and accept any rejection that will come, just try to learn and improve from it each time.

Favourite thing about working at MA?

Although I am yet to meet everyone in person or work in the office, you get a real sense that everyone is looking out for each other within the team. Everyone is eager to help you get settled and pass on any useful tips that will come in handy. There is a great social buzz as well, although we’ve been limited to Zoom mostly, it’s obvious people enjoy each other's company.

Would you recommend MA to friends? Why?

100%. Although I have only been here a short while I have felt really welcomed and enjoyed all my day to day interactions. People are also extremely knowledgeable within their field, so you pick up great insights and tips on loads of
different industries.

Can you recommend any habits that have helped your professional life?

I’ve always struggled at keeping focused on one task or prioritising what needs to be done for the day. I try to list out what needs to be done for the day and tick off tasks as I go.

Favourite book to read? Or series to binge on?

I am terrible at reading in my spare time, I’ve been telling myself all year that I’ll start but haven’t quite got there yet! I’ve just started The Crown so
that’ll probably take up my TV time for the next while. 

What's one thing that’s coming up in 2021 that you're excited about?

I think any form of travel would be great. Although I’ve enjoyed spending some time travelling around Ireland this year, I have missed some proper sunshine!

If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

Probably some kind of exercise, or mastering a skill. Maybe learn a new language! I’ve always wanted to learn and be better at photography/editing also.

What is your most-used emoji?

😂

What is the best advice you have ever received? What advice would you give to your younger self?

I think I would tell myself to keep to your strengths and not deviate into what people around you are doing and focus on what you are good at. It’s daunting coming out of college without a specific field you can go into, so just be confident in your abilities, try out a few things and when you find out what you like give it 100%.

What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with no preparation?

Probably something like The Simpsons, it wouldn’t be all that insightful but I find myself watching it almost every day if it's on. I sadly have no time for the
new episodes though, they’re awful! 

If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be?

Probably something like stocks and investments? Anything that would allow me to make my money and give me a lot of free time :) 

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?

The only thing I can think of is travelling of some kind. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that I have seen the whole globe yet but I have inter-railed around Europe twice now. It is amazing the things we can see that are practically on our doorstep and within hours of each other.