Written by: Kylie Wilson
As a continuation of our “Women of Chegg” mini-series, we chose to interview Yun Chi, graphic designer at Chegg. We interviewed her to learn 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.
“Asking for help… means you are mature enough to recognize other people will help make you better.”
What does your current job involve? Is there such a thing as a typical day?
I am currently a designer on the marketing team at Chegg, which means I work on trying to communicate our message to our student audience through visuals & graphics. I am always designing banners, emails, and landing pages to convince students that we understand college is hard, but we can help make it a little easier.
What was your first entry-level job in your field and how did you get it?
This is still my first job! I actually interned during the summer after graduation because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and thought an internship would give me some insight into another experience. I was a little hesitant to do only an internship while everyone else I knew was getting full time jobs, but it turns out, trying something different worked out so well, I haven’t left since.
What is one mistake you made along the way and what did you learn from it?
Not reaching out for help – it seems like you’re supposed to know what you’re doing at your job and be on top of everything, do it all. The reality is, you will need help to do your job, and thinking you can do everything alone will hurt the entire team. Asking for help doesn’t mean you don’t know how to do your job or you can’t handle it – it means you are mature enough to recognize other people will help make you better.
What’s one important piece of advice for young women entering the business force?
Reach out, speak up – there are people who are willing to give you a hand along the way, and all you have to do is ask the question. Don’t hold yourself back because you are questioning some part of yourself – you are amazing and bring unique contributions that are worth hearing about.
Have you ever had to deal with sexism as a woman in the business world? If so, how did you deal with it?
What is hard for me to grasp is realizing when sexism happens – often I don’t understand it until after the situation is over, sometimes out of shock, sometimes because I’m in an unfamiliar situation. I’m still learning, but knowing when something is inappropriate and speaking up to make sure people understand why it is inappropriate helps keep everyone accountable for making improvements going forward.
Ending Note from herNetwork:
Though the thought of reaching out and speaking up may make you think you seem inferior compared to your peers or employees, it actually makes you stand out positively. Speaking up shows you are eager to learn and capable of taking on more work, which could lead to a promotion in the future. Also, speaking up shows people you are strong because you are fighting for your idea. A good place to start is in class. Participate to show your professors you work hard. It is a waste to hide your knowledge from your professors by not speaking in class.