University students should take full advantage of networking opportunities to further their professional careers, find purpose, and fuel passions, says the UNSW Business School student and performer.

As written by Jessica Chung, Bachelor of Commerce/Information Systems, Marketing Student, Graduating 2021, Women in Business Ambassador.

Feeling nervous at a networking event as a university student is a common experience. But connecting with others on a regular basis can lead to invaluable opportunities, not just in your professional career, but to further your personal passions and interests.

Richard Han (he/him), Bachelor of Commerce, Information Systems and International Business, graduating 2022, has pursued his passion for music from a young age, which has led to major successes in his DJ career.

Richard shares with UNSW Business School how following his dream of running his own DJ business and gaining the confidence to network with industry-relevant contacts took him to where he is today.

Why did you become a DJ? What drew you to it?

From an early age, I started playing the piano. While I was good at it, I realised I didn’t really enjoy classical music. But using the music knowledge I gained from playing the piano, my interest started to grow in how to mix music –meaning to put different songs together. It was a unique passion, and one I was teased a lot about in high school. But I continued to chase it because I knew that DJing was something that I was genuinely passionate about.

What really drew me into becoming a DJ was the fact that I could bring people from different backgrounds into one place. Music really does unite people, regardless of factors such as an individual’s gender or nationality. When I’m performing at a club, I see people from different backgrounds, and it feels like everyone is there purely to enjoy the music.

Seeing people who have never met before enjoying themselves and having a good time all together in any situation makes me really happy. So being able to bring a smile to people’s faces and bring people together through my expression of self, music and DJing, is an even greater bonus.

How has starting your own DJing business helped you to connect with people?

Connecting with people and networking play a really significant role in this success.

Because of this established relationship, during the COVID-19 period, they referred me to other venue managers who were looking for a DJ for function events.

How has studying a Bachelor of Commerce helped you refine your networking and other key business skills?

Data analytics, business analysis, stakeholder management, leadership, the importance of teamwork, social media analytics and negotiation skills have all helped elevate the planning, logistics, marketing and overall operations of my DJing business.

As a DJ, you are frequently at events with a wide range of people. What can UNSW Business School students do to be more inclusive in their own events?

From my own experience working in the Equity, Diversion Diversity and Inclusion team at the UNSW Business School and speaking with various student society leaders,

Richard is in his penultimate year as a Bachelor of Commerce student, who is the founder of his own DJ business, Inhanity.

ARC Clubs has an inclusive events checklist where you can find out more about how to make your events accessible and inclusive for everyone here.

You can find out more about Diversity and Inclusion training run by Arc @ UNSW here.