Meet Mary Koller
Mary has been a Digital Producer and Social Media Coordinator at DRP for the last year and a half. She earned her bachelors degree in Graphic Design at Southern Connecticut State University with a minor in Business Marketing.
What was your first job? What skills from that job do you use today?
I had my first job at the age of 15 working at a greenery in downtown New London. The business was not only a greenery but had a cafe, gift shop, cigar lounge and a wine and spirits store. This job taught me at a young age to be self-sufficient and to think outside of the box because of the fast paced work environment; there was no hand holding.
My first design-related job was in my junior year of college. I worked as a graphic designer for the Office of Residence Life. This job really put my skills to the test. In class you would be given an outline and were able to create your vision. When you work for someone else you are working towards their vision rather than your own.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I would have to say the structure and set-up of the company. Deb has a created an environment for her employees to continually grow their skill level. In the past year and a half I have improved not just in my design skills but all aspects of the industry. I started this job with just a graphic design background and now I can say I have experience in e-commerce platforms, social media, email marketing, creating creative copy etc.
Tell us about someone who has inspired you or helped you along the way? How has that person impacted your work today?
I would have to say my mom. She must of handed down that artistic trait because she was an art major and had a career in graphic design. When I was 13 years old she passed away, and now I think to myself; would this make her proud? How would she handle it?
What is something you wish you’d known before entering your line of work?
I wish I knew that it’s okay not to know where you will end up in your career. I graduated college with a degree in graphic design and thought I strictly would be a graphic designer and that was it. Now I am in a job that allows me to be a designer and so much more.
Mary has had a track career since the age of 12. She was an athlete all four years of college for SCSU Division II Track and Field Team. She competed in sprints and the javelin.