Coffee With: Etsy Product Quality Manager Arylee McSweaney

Christie Julien – August 27th, 2017

In this interview with Jopwell, Product Manager Arylee McSweany offers advice on staying motivated, building confidence in your career, and how she made her way to Etsy.


What do you love most about your job?

I love that my work never feels monotonous or routine. I also appreciate that Etsy has a strong culture that prioritizes work-life balance. I worked on my M.B.A. for two years while at Etsy, and I was incredibly grateful at how understanding the company was when it came to supporting me and accommodating my schedule. I’ve also been able to help create a space for Black employees at Etsy to contribute to the company's diversity initiatives. 

What advice do you wish you could have given yourself early on in your career?

I would have given myself permission to not feel so afraid of taking risks, and I would also tell my younger self to ask for more with respect to career progression and salary. In the early years of my career, I doubted myself at every turn and took a considerable amount of time to become self assured about my work. Maybe you have experienced this as well, but one day you wake up and realize that your work is great and that you’ve had an impact that people notice. That confidence allows you to speak up and encourage others and can propel you forward in your career.