YOGYAKARTA – A student’s success in getting a job (career) immediately can not be separated from efforts to build and develop their competitive value. Failures are often found among college graduates due to the competitive value that is not used optimally.
"The important thing is to build and develop competitive value in order to compete with other graduates," said Charles A. Lim, HR Regional Director of Procter & Gamble, in seminar entitled Building Student’s Competitive Value at Faculty of Psychology on Friday (9/7). Procter & Gamble with its headquarters in the U.S is an international company that produces consumer goods.
Charles who is also alumnus of the Faculty of Psychology UGM on the occasion said that learning is an important factor that needs to be remembered by students. Time is not something important that inhibits a student to enter the working world. He cited the rapid growth of Mc Donald after 53 years. "Time is not important for me. Instead, learning is the greatest power for a person to continue to thrive," he said.
Meanwhile, to survive against a complex competitive work environment, Charles added a few worthy points for students such as diversity, humility and self-identification ability. Students are expected to also develop themselves in terms of character, communication, and culture. "If we can identify our own strengths and weaknesses, hopefully, we can exist in the work environment," Charles explained.
On the other hand, other alumnus and Senior Vice President of HR CIMB Niaga, Awaldi MM , added that despite UGM big name, Alumni of Psychology Faculty are not particularly aggressive and confident in their career, so they often fail when they enter the workforce or move jobs.
Finally, Ekoesli Gustiandi, Senior HR Corporate Strategy of PT Astra International, at the seminar said that although Indonesia has a good human quality, but the quality is still behind some other countries such as Singapore. Ekoesli told the Psychology students that excellent students adhere to the principles of diversity, sincerity and honesty.
The seminar was one of a series of the 25th Anniversary of Alumni Reunion events, including sharing with alumni and faculty and jazz performances presenting well-known singer Trie Utami.