Alumni Embracing proactivity while driving innovation in technology

Embracing proactivity while driving innovation in technology

Embracing proactivity while driving innovation in technology

We've caught up with Elvin Xiong, our alumnus from Bachelor of Business, currently working in a leading cloud computing platform organisation. Read his story below.

Elvin Xiong

What are you up to right now?

I was working as an Account Manager in Digital Sales to help on board customers on a digital transformation journey. I've recently moved to another tech company to take on the Partner Development Manager role, handling the Asia Pacific and Japan region.

Can you tell us more about your current role?

As a Partner Development Manager, I am responsible for ensuring that new partners within the region are enabled and certified. I also make sure that they are in good hands of Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner network infrastructures.

If you could highlight one memorable experience in your working experience so far, what would that be?

I have the best feeling when witnessing my clients and partners' accomplishments. I can see how cloud technology and innovation have helped them to achieve their objectives, and subsequently be more successful. I'm looking forward to furthering my knowledge about IaaS, PaaS, and DaaS, and continuing to assist more partners in the future.

What are some of the lessons learned or challenges faced?

Proactivity is very important. No one will hold your hand. Your success or failure is all on you.

How do you feel studying at the Singapore campus of James Cook University has helped you? What do you miss the most about your time at JCU?

I think overall James Cook University in Singapore gave me an opportunity to build friendships with scholars around the globe. It has also expanded my global network, as they will end up excelling in various exciting careers in different countries. At the same time, it has helped me extend my business connections throughout the ASEAN region.

What would be your advice for current students?

Mingle around! Don’t just stick with your usual peers. Don’t be shy to ask questions; we are all there to learn, there are no stupid questions. Join various programmes and volunteer, as this will showcase your proactivity and involvement in various activities, especially if you are a fresh graduate with little to no job experience. Practice your communication and soft skills. But what I really want you to do is to enjoy the university experience, friends, and extracurricular activities as much as you can. Trust me, you will miss them.