Nixon Cheung

Alumni stories

Nixon Cheung

How studying in Sydney got my career on the right track

Nixon is an alumnus from Hong Kong, China. He graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing in 2011. He can speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Nixon is currently based in Hong Kong.

Tell us about your experience.

I found NSW to be very diverse, meeting people from all over the world, both in the classroom and out. I gained valuable experience in commerce and marketing. I also made good friends in class who I’ve stayed in touch with.

What was the highlight?

I created lifelong memories in an amazing visit to Kiama. Coming from the city I always love seeing nature, and this trip showed me the great outdoors in all its glory.

Another highlight was Vivid Sydney. It was by far the best immersive light projections I’ve ever seen.

How has studying in NSW benefitted you? 

I’m a big believer in the opportunities of Australia, especially NSW. For example, the company I work for is currently bidding for the Sydney CityRail, and my first-hand and in-person experience in Sydney is benefitting our bid.

Also, the NSW alumni network is truly worldwide. I often meet professionals who are proud NSW graduates!

What is the best way to develop a social life in NSW?

Be as active as possible and join different social clubs. Take every opportunity to engage with professors and industrial leaders. Make friends with classmates who share your passions: they might be your future business partners. Most of all, stay out of your comfort zone and take the first step. If the world doesn't change for you, become the change!

Where are you working now?

As the Head of Commercial and Brand for Hong Kong Tramways, which operate the world’s largest double decker trams owned by the RATP Group. I oversee all commercial and marketing operations, with frequent contribution to the APAC region. I was also nominated as a General Manager in one of our subsidiaries, managing the company’s profit-and-loss statements. Looking back on my time studying in Australia for my undergraduate degree 10 years ago, it’s a dream come true. Some of my stories and strategies will soon be published by Harvard as case studies!

Why did you choose your career path?

Looking back, it's more like this path chose me. The dots connected and brought me to where I am today, making me into who I am as a professional and person today.

By the time I chose my major, I was determined to walk down that road and no matter what came, I tried to make the most of it. Every day when I wake up, I ask myself: am I’m still passionate about my job? Am I still eager to drive change?

Can you share any career advice for students or recent graduates?

I can totally understand the frustration and urgency to land a job. But rather than rushing in the wrong direction, take your time. Find your passion. Be as determined as you can once you do. Make things happen no matter what. Trust you have the value and will one day shine. There are some companies that measure people by how fast they climb a tree, without realizing some people have different skills and talents. Don't underestimate your true value, which is not measured by others, but yourself!