CHAN, Ivan

Degree

Master of Business Administration

Graduation year

2004

Current position

Regional Operations Manager

Employer

Universal Music Group

What are some of your career highlights?

Having a wide range of career experiences across multinational industries including music, new technology, entertainment and digital media. Over 10+ years tenure with Universal Music Group, has built a reputation for online/mobile digital content distribution, incubating new business models, building out innovative music services, developed and managed emerging markets across Asia Pacific. Also an innovative developer of various Web and Mobile Applications with latest technology.

Describe the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of your job

Along with my passion and interest in music, working in Universal Music Group is the most fulfilling and financially rewarding career. With the company training and getting the experiences in different departments & markets, this arms me to be a good professional manager in terms of being well organized, excellent with people and have a good understanding of the music industry. However, dealing with a range of different characters and organisations with their own pressures can be challenging. In order to cope well under pressure, best to keep calm, see the strategic picture and put out the fires that other people start.

What are your strongest memories while you were studying at Federation University Australia?

Studying at University of Ballarat former Federation University Australia has been an amazing experience. The high quality of teaching and academic reputation from the University, as well as becoming friends with diversified background of classmates has been a great way for me to expose different professional experience. Apart from gaining knowledge during the academic courses, also have a well balanced of time spent to enjoy the extra curricular activities and facilities provided from the University. Overall, it was a remarkable study journey with lots of happiness and enjoyment.

Do you have any advice about life after study to pass on to current students?

With the great qualification background, pursue your career aspiration with utilising the knowledge gained from the academic courses is usually a general path after graduation. At the same time, it is vital to have life balanced well-being. Continue learning, travelling around the world and voluntary work in return to the community would brighten your life exposures. It is also highly encouraged alumni students on-going gather together, sharing exchange and meeting new people with strengthening the links of alumni networks.

In one sentence what words of wisdom would you pass on to students

Life is about exploration. Study smart and play hard, keep up your pace to the market and society to have a greater development of yourself.