Lee Ji-eun, an alumna of the Dongguk Post is always moving toward a goal.
/Photography from Lee Ji-eun
It is no exaggeration to say that so-called turnover and resignation have become a trend among the MZ generation today. This is because the concept of a lifelong workplace is disappearing among office workers. For those confused since they can not decide on a job and are not certain if it is the right path. The Dongguk Post interviewed a person who can encourage people to find the right way to choose a job. Lee Ji-eun, an alumnus of the Dongguk Post, has boldly tried new adventures, even if her challenges might seem reckless to others, to grow further in terms of career.
Please introduce yourself.
Hello, I am Lee Ji-eun, class of 05, majored in the Department of English Interpretation and Translation. Currently, I have been working in Hansung Motors since I moved from SAE-A.
What do you do specifically at Hansung Motors Company?
I am currently working as a Compliance Manager in the Legal & Compliance department of Hansung Motors Company. Compliance, literally, is a compliance monitoring task that monitors the various laws and regulations that apply to the company’s business, and monitors and supports its employees to comply with the regulations. If an employee is found to have violated laws or regulations, or if the informant receives a report on violation of bylaws, harassment or sexual harassment at work, the Compliance Department investigates the case and takes disciplinary action based on the confirmed violations. In addition, we are responsible for activities to prevent possible risks to the company in advance and compliance education. The education consists of the company’s code of ethics, regulations, and various laws. In addition, due to the nature of the business, Hansung Motors has a large amount of customer information. Accordingly, we are in charge of managing such customer information safely under the Personal Information Protection Act.
You majored in English translation. Does it apply to your current job?
As the name of our company Hansung sounds like a Korean word, people often consider it as a domestic company. However, Hansung Motors is a foreign company where the group company is located in Hong Kong. Thus, all major executives, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), are foreigners. Therefore, I use English for email, reported materials, and meetings. I think I am working without any difficulties thanks to my major.
Did you pursue a double major? Then has your second major been helpful for your current work?
I also studied the media communication as my second major, but I don’t think it directly helped me. However, as a department in charge of risk management, it seems to be indirectly helpful for practical communication when collaborating with the Public Relations department.
If you could describe your current job in one line, what would it be?
Compliance is doing things right. This sentence matches the characteristics of the compliance job. It is expressed as this since it does very important and right things within the company and allows many employees to move further in the right direction.
Do you have any particular reasons or processes for moving to a company in a different field?
SAE-A is the first company where my compliance career started, and I am grateful for the opportunity that made me grow while working for about nine and a half years. In fact, it was never easy to decide to leave behind a company where I had worked for such a long time. Because I worked for a long time, I had a strong relationship and trust with my colleagues. Most of all, I know all the work-related history and it is a huge advantage in the working environment. I could have settled down comfortably in my long-time job, but since I have been working for almost 10 years, I felt that I did not have much to learn or look forward to growing. In order to grow further in my career, I decided that it would be better to take risks rather than pursue stability, even if it seemed reckless. Additionally, I decided to try to change jobs as soon as possible before my annual leave and position accumulated more. SAE-A is a clothing trade company, and Hansung Motors is in the imported car sales and repair industry so they are completely different fields. But the compliance job is a job that can be transferred regardless of the industry, so I was able to adapt quickly to my new job. While preparing to change jobs, I had interviews with various companies in addition to Hansung Motors, but I remember that the interviewers gave me a very positive evaluation because it is rare to have worked for almost 10 years at one company these days.
Do you have a new goal now?
When I first joined Hansung Motors, there was no one else but me in the compliance team, but with a junior employee joined last year, there are a total of two employees in my team. The short-term goal is to expand our compliance operations further so that we can recruit more team members in our current company. My long-term goal is to become an expert in this field so that any company can know me when my name is mentioned.
What process did you go through to get the current job now?
When I was a college student, I did not even know there was a job called compliance. When I first joined SAE-A, I did an overseas sales job, and I felt that it was not suitable for me, and through consultation with my boss, I moved to the compliance department using the department transfer system provided by the company. It is a job that suits my aptitude and helps the company manage ethics in accordance with laws and regulations, so I think it is very rewarding. While working at the Dongguk Post, I learned communication skills through interview requests and interview experiences, and I think I was able to grow in many ways, such as how to coordinate opinions that are slightly different from those of fellow reporters. Due to the nature of the work, there are many things to communicate and persuade with the management, and I think these are very helpful in the work.
What do you think is the most important thing in this job?
Above all, an ethical mind and a mind that adheres only to principles are needed. Compliance is a job that allows a company to operate within established laws and norms and prevents risks. So I think it is important to stick to principles and push ahead with your beliefs rather than flexibility based on external interests.
When was the most memorable moment? I remember when I said my final greeting before I left my first company. Looking at the numerous replies to my final greeting mail, I could feel that my company life has not been in vain.
What are the difficulties and rewards of working, especially in your current job?
I feel most rewarded when I get the wrong thing right, and set up a policy so that it would not repeat. In other words, when I see my effort working in the field. However, the difficulty is that profit-making is a priority in private companies; sometimes, some members lose strength and overlook or ignore the importance of compliance.
Is there any advice you want to give to juniors who want to try this job?
Compliance is a very attractive area of work. Most global companies have compliance teams in their organizations. Especially the leading companies in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management these days are interested in compliance, so I think there are endless opportunities to grow as a professional if you take an interest in this field.
Is there any advice you want to give to juniors who are still anxious about their uncertain future?
It was the same when I was a college student, but I think I only looked at the famous conglomerates and occupational groups at that time while searching for a job. When I came out into society, there were various occupational groups in the world. I did not even know I would work in a compliance job when I was a student. As a student, I would like to recommend exploring various occupational groups through multiple channels such as seminars, lectures, and books, and among them, trying out for a job that you can do well and appeals to you.
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