Back in China, Chen Chen owned her own business – an advertising agency – which she started at age 28. Love brought her to Australia, after meeting and marrying her Australian husband, she moved to Melbourne’s western suburbs.
“Having a great career has always been important to me. But in Australia, as an immigrant with limited English skills, I didn’t have a lot of confidence in finding a decent job. By chance, I heard about Ironfish from an acquaintance, who informed me that it’s Melbourne’s largest property investment company. So I went along to a seminar and listened to Joseph Chou talk about career development and his experience of building a property portfolio. I found it very inspiring.”
“When Joseph came to Melbourne again, he held a big seminar at Deakin University. I arrived early and sat right up in the front row. Before the presentation even started, I picked up the pen and paper that was on my seat and on the spur of the moment, wrote down my wish to join Ironfish and my name and phone number, and handed it to the staff on the stage. The next day I got a call for a job interview – and the rest is history!”
At Ironfish we’re proud to be able to service our customers in multiple languages so Chen Chen’s lack of confidence in English was no barrier to success here. In fact, last year, Chen Chen was awarded Ironfish’s “Strategist of the Year.”
“It’s hard to achieve success in your career if you don’t have ambition. Without ambition it’s hard to push forward. Ironfish has given me a platform on which to help myself, help my customers, and have the satisfaction that comes from having my own career, being financially self-sufficient, paying taxes – making a contribution to my new home country.
“But when I first joined Ironfish, I didn’t know much about property investment, so I made up my mind to study harder than others. At the time, I lived in Melbourne’s western suburbs – a 100km round trip from the Ironfish office. I went in to the office 6 days a week studying and working at the same time. Later, I rented a house nearby to be able to focus on my career, and I haven’t had a holiday in four years!”
Chen Chen is proud of how far her hard work has got her in her career, and of her many customer success stories.
“But what I’m most proud of is that I ‘practice what I preach’ to my customers. The second day I joined Ironfish, I bought the first investment property in my life. I bought my second in my second month. I bought my third after 12 months, and now I own a total of six investment properties, with a portfolio value of over $4 million – with strong rental returns. Some of which are so highly sought after and tightly held that I’ve had industry peers ask me if I’ll sell onto them.
“Since I have greatly benefited from Ironfish’s investment strategy, I have drawn a strong belief and love for my career through my own investment success. It makes me more eager to pass on this knowledge to others, as it can truly change your life – it’s changed mine!”