Next in our “Women of Chegg” mini-series, we chose to interview Jasmine Pansoy, social media specialist for Chegg. We asked about where she started her career, some of the personal struggles she’s encountered, and what tips and tricks she has for other women in business.
“Knowledge is power. And the more you know, the more creative and innovative you can be.”
What does your current job involve? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
I’m the Social Media Specialist for Chegg and I’m the brand’s voice on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. In the life of social media, things change so rapidly that I have to anticipate being able to change creative and copy on the fly as well as jumping onto current conversations that are happening in real time.
What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
My first entry-level job in my field was a beauty editor for a startup in San Francisco. When I was in college, I had an overwhelming interest in makeup and videos. This was in the early ages of YouTube and was a creative outlet for me while I was in college. I built a personal brand online and reached out to the startup with no expectations, but hope that they would have space for me on their team with the skills I developed in graphic design school and from my own personal interests. Thankfully, it paid off!
What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?
One of my biggest mistakes I’ve made for myself along my career path is doubt within myself. Just because I was young and inexperienced in the post-college world, I didn’t believe in my talents as much as I should have.
What’s one important piece of advice for young women entering the business force?
One important piece of advice for young women entering the business force is to learn as many aspects of your chosen field. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the more creative and innovative you can be.
Have you ever had to deal with sexism as a woman in the business world? If so, how did you deal with it?
Unfortunately, I did have to deal with sexism in the business world. Working in beauty has its challenges, and unfortunately physical appearance plays a role in your position on your career regardless of your skillset and education. I chose to leave the environment when I was confronted with sexism. Life is too short to be stifled by prejudice.
What’s something women can do to get ahead before their getting first job in a business environment?
I believe women should learn and hone in on their strongest skills before getting their first job in a business environment. By being a master in your skills, you will exude the confidence and follow-through necessary for you to prove yourself.
Ending Note from herNetwork:
You can go far if you hone in on your passions instead of hiding them. Jasmine’s passion for makeup inspired her to enter the YouTube community, and the experience she gained from making videos and making a brand for herself led her to her first job as a beauty editor. Use your talents and interests to your advantage. Don’t doubt yourself if you’ve never even tapped into your passions. The potential for you to be great is unknown, and shoving them away before you’ve pushed yourself to new limits only hurts you.