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A Q&A with Alexia Slaven, Consultant, Auckland

Alexia Slaven joined Merkle as a graduate in 2020.

Name: Alexia Slaven

Role: Consultant, Auckland

When joined Merkle: November 2020




Where/what did you study?

I attended Auckland University of Technology (AUT), where I completed my Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences – majoring in Software Development.


Why did you want to join Merkle's graduate programme?

Starting as an intern at Merkle, I had the fortunate opportunity to familiarise myself with the culture and environment at Merkle. So, when I was given the chance to continue as a grad, I had already made up my mind – that there was a slim to no chance I was ever going to find another such awe-inspiring place to work.


Tell us about your experience as a Merkle grad. How’s your experience been so far?

My experience so far has been amazing – I’ve got to meet some awesome people, who just leave you astonished at how polished they are in their craft. It’s a really supportive and comfortable environment.


Biggest learning to date?

Working with Salesforce – getting familiar with Vlocity, Conga, and Financial Services Cloud.


Most fun project or experience?

My intern project – a proof-of-concept using Vlocity Energy and Utilities Cloud. It was the first project that reflected some of what I had studied back in university and I got to meet a group of amazing people.


Best part of your role?

Having the chance to work alongside some brilliant and hardworking people.


Can you describe a *typical* day in the life of a Merkle grad – from your experience (in less than 100 words?!)

A typical day could be fast-paced and busy. The good kind of busy. Or it can suddenly slow down and be filled with a lot of Salesforce trailheads, but regardless of the velocity of the day – a typical grad day, you will always have something to do, help with, or work on.


In no more than 10 words, how would you describe your Merkle grad experience? 

Supportive, amazing, comfortable vibe.


Knowing what you know now, if you could travel back in time and talk to your pre-grad self before you applied to Merkle's graduate programme/joined Merkle as a grad, what advice or tips would you give yourself?

Just ask if you don’t understand – rabbit holes are dangerous!


What other tips, advice or insights would you give to grads looking to join Merkle through its upcoming graduate programme intake?

It’s okay not to always have or know an answer. There are a lot of brilliant people at Merkle who are patient and willing to help you out. Don’t wander too deep into that rabbit hole, Alice!


What do you get up to in your spare time?

I’ve very family-oriented, so really anything family-related. I try and get out of the house as much as I can.


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