Kae Hum explored his interests in both technology and business to prepare himself for work at disruptive technology companies with world-changing missions.
RMIT’s CBD location and the industry-oriented nature of the degree attracted Kae when he was deciding where and what to study.
“I chose RMIT specifically because it was based in the city, and given that I was studying a business course, I really wanted to be in the centre of the business universe.
“A lot of the lecturers gave some really practical advice on how to start projects and how to get funding. I also found it to be a really people-first organisation, so all the lecturers knew us by name and gave us a lot of help after hours, and that’s something that really stood out to me.”
Kae has always loved technology and business in equal measure.
“Growing up, I was really passionate about technology. I discovered business information systems at RMIT during Year 10.
"We had a careers day at high school and someone who had studied a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) at RMIT came in to speak to us. She was working as a second-year IT consultant, earning a good salary and driving a BMW, and I thought, ‘That is the life for me!’ And I felt like it was a great cross-section of both disciplines.”
The degree’s fusion of business and technology helped Kae forge the career he wanted with companies that are disrupting and reinventing how we interact with technology in our day-to-day lives.
“After graduating, I started at Ford Motor Company, and that gave me some great skills around project management and stakeholder management. I was able to use that to go into a digital agency and then a job at Google, and from there I’ve really had a strong passion to work for these disruptive tech companies, like LinkedIn and now Uber.
“My current role at Uber [for Business] is Head of Sales for the southern region and New Zealand. The best thing about working for Uber is the mission to set the world in motion and make the world a better place, a more successful place.”
Kae recently spoke about Uber’s digital experience at the 2019 Adobe Symposium.
“The Adobe Symposium is a place where marketers, creative folk can get into one room and hear about the future direction of these industries. It’s an amazing place where over 4,000 people of like mind can connect with each other and learn from each other. Presenting was quite a highlight for me – to be in front of my peers and to educate them on how Uber goes about our sales and marketing alignment.”
"That cross-section of Business Information Systems where I was able to learn both about business and technology has put me in good stead"
With the start of a successful career already under his belt, Kae still reaps the rewards of his time at RMIT.
“RMIT set me up for great success in both my professional and personal life. I still have some lifelong friends I stay in touch with, that I grew up at university with, and throughout our career we still hang out, we still give each other career advice.
“That cross-section of business information systems, where I was able to learn about both business and technology, has put me in good stead in the first half of my career.
“Moving forward, I think it’s given me great skills to not just learn about the theory but learn how to learn. I think that’s something that’s always stayed with me.”
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