Taking on a New Role: Commerce Cooperative Education Program

Introducing Mountain Mercato Blogger Alexis

Introducing Mountain Mercato Blogger Alexis

Let me first start off by saying that my name is Alexis, and I am a huge fan of the Tacchino Panini at Mountain Mercato.  Sometimes I like to switch it up a little at have the Bunderfleisch and Arugula salad; paired with Stichelton blue cheese (my mouth is watering at this instant). As for a little background of myself, I am originally from Regina, but I have lived in Calgary for most of my life. I am a crazy dog person, have recently traveled to Australia, and love being in the mountains (of course). I am currently in my second year studying Commerce at the University of Alberta in the very frigid Edmonton of all places. My major is marketing with a minor in finance; however that may change, as my mind jumps from one interest to another. But so far, I like where I am at in my post-secondary studies. Two years ago, I worked at Mountain Mercato as a high school summer student for my 11thand 12th year, and I am excitedly drawn back for another summer. However, this year my role at Mountain Mercato is going to be slightly different.

At the University of Alberta, I decided to join the business cooperative education program, which allows business students to gain workforce experience that relates to their degree during their studies at the U of A.  I am fortunate that Elana and Raegan have given me an opportunity to gain some business experience. But what is even more exciting is that I get to drink the best coffee in town all summer. You can never go wrong with a dulce latte. As for my new and exciting role at Mountain Mercato, I am ecstatic to be leading a group of summer students and showing them how things are done daily at this hectic time of year. As a business student I hope to learn various things such as how a small business is managed and operated, gain advertising and promotion skills through the recruitment of summer students, and effective communication skills while training the new employees.

I am excited to be back for yet another busy summer at Mountain Mercato, and I can’t wait to document my experience for the next four months. I am also enthusiastic to meet new people and be involved in a new way.  My new role at Mountain Mercato brings on a whole lot more responsibility; however I am excited to be challenged and see a new perspective of how the business works, and obviously the food and coffee that comes with it!