Interview with Kevin Mok

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Kevin Mok is a young entrepreneur who is prepared to make the most of every opportunity in order to make his car dealership successful.

How did you get the idea to start your business?
After graduating from high school in 2005, I managed to get a part-time job at an interior design company. While I was there I took the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the business from accounting and administration to marketing and sales. My boss at that time, Mr. Ng was very instrumental in encouraging me to be disciplined and to learn as much as I could about how the business worked. After this work experience I decided to do a Pre-National Diploma in Business and Finance followed by a National Diploma in Business and Finance at IBTE. I also worked part-time at a Cineplex, at Pad Motors and at a bank. These jobs taught me more about customer service; about different types of cars; and about financial services like loans. I also gained more confidence in myself as a salesperson. In those days, I worked hard, saved my money and focused on learning everything that I could. Then in 2007, I started an online business selling used cars. And in 2010, I started another business selling luxury cars together with car parts and accessories. Since then, I have been concentrating on finding the right strategies to develop my business.

What role did your training and education at IBTE play in helping you to establish your own business?
As a young man I had a keen interest in cars and had always dreamt of buying a Subaru Impreza WRX STI. I believe that studying at IBTE helped me to turn my interest into a viable and successful car business, and it also enabled me to become the life-long learner that I am today. The business course at IBTE was very challenging, but it gave me a sound understanding about the field of business and also taught me how to work as part of a team. This was very important as I learnt how to accept and value other people’s ideas and opinions. I also did a six month internship while I was at IBTE and this was an invaluable experience as it helped me to further develop as a business professional. I would definitely encourage students to study at IBTE because it offers a wide range of courses; experienced instructors; great facilities and lots of social activities. It’s the full package right here at home!

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about following your career path?
First and foremost, you need to be willing to make sacrifices, learn continuously and work tirelessly. If you are thinking about going into any type of business you should have an in-depth knowledge about your products so that you can give accurate information to your customers. You should also believe in what you are selling, your product should be beneficial to your customers. Furthermore, always treat every customer with courtesy and respect; seize every opportunity to learn something new; and most importantly, don’t be afraid to think big!

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This article was published in the IBTE Special Issue (Oct-Dec 2016) of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!