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Business alum's degrees prepared him to lead the way in the software industry in Sweden

portrait of Victor Ivarsson '17

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Victor Ivarsson '17 recently shared with us the story of how after graduating, his pursuit of a successful career landed him in the software industry in Sweden!

"After earning a double major in International Business and Marketing at USM in only three years, while playing ice hockey and running mid-distance for the track and field team, I sought out my ambitions in becoming a prominent thought leader in the B2B-software industry," he wrote. 

"I was hired on a full-time basis at a Swedish CRM & Marketing Automation company called Upsales Technology to grow and retain our current accounts. Approximately one year after doing so, we went public and were listed on the Stockholm-branch of NASDAQ (First North). 

"Since then as a Key Account Executive/Team Lead, I was tasked with leading a team of seven professionals (project managers, business intelligence and cloud consultants, account managers and customer success representatives) in order to accelerate and drive our company's growth. 

Victor Ivarsson hockeyOn Aug. 22nd, he was named as the company's head of operations.

"The reason for sharing my story is to show that USM gave me the right tools to become a leader in this industry where I am now called upon to drive growth for some of Scandinavia's largest and fastest-growing B2B-companies at only 25 years of age. I quickly learned that ambitious goals aligned with the right career path trumps not having gone to a name-brand school, as I was frequently told in my job interviews with BCG, LinkedIn, Spotify, Oracle and Amazon, to name a few.

"This propelled my ambition further and I can today happily say I turned down some of the biggest companies in the world to take a chance on being a bigger fish in a smaller — and faster-growing — pond.

"University may give you the academic platform needed to succeed in a professional environment but your own goals and willingness to continuously educate yourself is what will set you apart."

Hockey photo courtesy of Bangor Daily News, Maine Hockey Journal 2014