[Blog] Ambition Asia Academy Dan Tan

Spotlight on Academy Graduates

Published on 5th November 2018

Dan Tan graduated from the Ambition Academy in early 2018 and not only has he become a full-fledged Consultant, but he's managed to bag a promotion in less than 6 months on the job!  Read more to find out about his journey in the Academy. 


1. Where were you working before you joined Ambition Academy, and how long were you there?

I was working at Konica Minolta as a National Account Sales Executive, a role that’s similar to a key account manager for a year and a half.

2. Why were you looking for a change?

The office automation industry was becoming very competitive and saturated, yet the returns not as rewarding. It came to a point where I found my day-to-day monotonous, and the constant travelling was wearing me down.


3. What aspects of recruitment made you think, 'I want to give this a go'?

A friend of mine, who is a recruiter, was telling me about her job. What got me interested was the opportunity to engage with different people without having to travel much. Of course, the prospect of the rewards was a plus too!

4. How did you hear about the programme?

To be honest, I did not know much about the programme or what to expect. Someone I went to school with knew a Consultant from Ambition and enticed me with the idea of joining, as he knew of my unhappy situation at the time.


5. What did you gain from your experience in Ambition Academy?

On the first day, during the session at the Information and Assessment Centre, we went through the basics of learning how to examine CVs and match candidates to the right clients. During the rest of the programme, the skills I acquired gave me the tools to tackle problems and manage my workload as efficiently as possible. The biggest gain would be my current job as a Consultant with Ambition!


6. Who would you recommend this programme to, and what advice would you give them about joining?

Statistics have shown that there are plenty of people who rate their job satisfaction poorly. Hence, I would recommend the Academy to these individuals, especially to those who are intimidated at the thought of changing industries. I’m currently trying to convince my brother to apply!
My advice – be open to new ideas and willing to learn. 


The Ambition Academy is designed to introduce a career in Recruitment to passionate and driven Consultants, with little or no recruitment experience. This is a chance to kickstart your career in recruitment and become a specialist in one of our dedicated teams. Our Information & Assessment Centre will be held in Kuala Lumpur on November 27th. Click here to find out if you're suited for the programme and how to apply!