My name is Kelson Chimunthu, 齊牧圖, from Malawi. I hold Bachelors in International Business and Management obtained from Ming Chuan University in 2012. Currently, I work for UNIPOINT ELECTRIC MFG., CO., LTD, a Bosch Group Company based in Taiwan, as a Sales Specialist for South East Africa including Nigeria and Ghana. Before my current job, I also worked at A-JOHN ENTERPRISE CO., LTD and ACUMEN Int’l., CORP. as a sales representative for Middle East and Africa.
My sales career started when I was at a boarding high school in Malawi. In our school we were not allowed to bring cellphones to school which made it very difficult to call home when we are in need of something. The whole campus had only one Pre-Paid phone facility that uses pre-paid calling cards, every weekend my friend and I would sneak out of the campus to buy pre-paid calling cards, and charge our schoolmates during weekdays if they want to make a phone call. We made a good amount of money until we got busted.
Even though I had the skill of turning a problem into a business opportunity, but I didn’t know this would be part of my career until I was admitted as a student at The International College of Ming Chuan University in 2008. My first 2 years of college I suffered what I call Careerphobia, a type of stress that affect college students when they don’t know what will their career look like after they graduate from college. As a student I was very afraid of being someone I don’t wanna be. Thanks to MCUIC for offering marketing courses and for partnering with Aeon Lighting Technology LTD., a company where I had my first Sales Internship in 2010. The combination opened a way for me and I told myself; “I want to be a sales expert and I love it”. Until now I have already travelled to more than 4 countries in 4 continents for business purpose, and I am yet to travel to more than 10 countries in Africa alone. Currently I am also working on a restaurant business to be opened in Malawi by middle of 2016.
The biggest lesson in my life is that “there is a very thin dividing line between success and failure, the more excuses one makes in life the more likely he or she is to fall in the wrong side of the dividing area” – Richard Branson (Personal Idol)