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Alumni Spotlight - DoWan Kim

March 22, 2018 - Leslie Venzuela

DoWan KimDoWan Kim graduated from the Anderson School of Management with his BBA in 2013. During his time at Anderson, he studied entrepreneurship and obtained internships at Toyota and Merrill Lynch. DoWan says the internships were pivotal to his career success and by graduation he had job offers from four Fortune 500 companies.

Right out of school, DoWan accepted a position at Goldman Sachs. Three years later, he moved to Google where currently he is a regional sales manager within the Google Marketing Solutions team in Singapore. In this role, DoWan manages Google’s small and medium business segment across Malaysia and the Philippines.

The Anderson Alumni Spotlight gives an in-depth look into the lives of our graduates after they leave school through a series of set questions. Let’s meet DoWan Kim.

What three words best describe you?

Risk-taker. Jetsetter. Challenger.

My guiding philosophy:

Always challenge yourself, whether at work or in your personal life. Set goals constantly, keep yourself accountable, and track your progress.

I set my goals for each month, each quarter, and each year. I visit this list on a daily basis and make a conscious effort to drive my goals forward.

The best professional advice I ever received:

Your career is never a straight line from point A to point B.

When I was being recruited by Google, I took a few weeks to decide on whether or not to accept the offer. At the time, I was working at the Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs where things were going quite well and my career was rapidly progressing.

I had specific milestones that I wanted to hit in my career, all of which seemed to be on the right track. However, an opportunity for an international assignment with a company like Google was really something that made me question my plans. 

During this process, I was open and honest to my managers and mentors about my career goals. The common theme that they brought up was “your career is never a straight line from point A to point B”.

I learned that along the way, you'll make detours, learn new things, and experience new challenges which at the end of the day will ultimately grow you.

Once I internalized this, I packed my bags and moved to Singapore!

Who was your childhood hero?

When I was a kid, I remember all of my friends saying they wanted to be firefighters or police officers when they grew up. I told everyone I wanted to be an investment banker. To be honest, I didn't exactly know what an investment banker did, but I was so awestruck by the suits and the slicked back hair of the bankers on Wall Street.

Along the same lines, I really looked up to Warren Buffett, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

What did you learn at Anderson that prepared you for professional success?

Stay humble; stay hungry.

Most of my colleagues at both Goldman Sachs and Google went to elite boarding schools followed by college at an Ivy League school. The single most important thing I learned at Anderson was to stay humble and to stay hungry.  I've kept this mentality and it's served me well so far.

My favorite memory of Anderson:           

My favorite memory of Anderson is the experience I had and the people I met. College was an incredible experience for me. Quite often, I'd daydream in class of different careers that I could undertake whether it was finance, technology, or consulting. Anderson gave me a platform to aspire and achieve these ambitions.  The faculty was also really awesome and helped guide the way and connect me with the right people.

Advice for the next generation of business leaders:

Pursue the triple bottom line.