UGM alumni have made significant contributions in various sectors. They continue to roll out creations and innovations in programs to empower communities and build the nation.
Rivan A. Purwantono, the President Director of Jasa Raharja, delivered messages to UGM graduands in a pre-graduation meeting on Tuesday (November 21).
“UGM alumni have proven their influence. It’s not just about relying on the university’s name; their efforts are extraordinary. To have leadership qualities, experience is essential,” he said.
Diligence and consistency have brought him to the highest position in the company. He admitted it wasn’t easy, but with a focus on reaching goals and utilizing available opportunities, any aspirations can be achieved.
Purwantono explained that when entering the workforce, the graduands will encounter new changes that may give them significant opportunities. However, sometimes, due to unpreparedness for change, these opportunities may disappear.
“Everyone in the company must feel confused about which direction the company should take. It cannot stay the same. There will always be changes, and this is where leadership functions,” Purwantono expressed.
According to him, UGM alumni must possess leadership qualities. Development in this era no longer requires someone who is only diligent and hardworking and follows the flow. It requires someone who dares and can bring ideas or innovations to solve problems.
Therefore, he advised graduands to be bold and try. If the first and second attempts fail, the third attempt might be the answer. Of course, each stage needs to be analyzed for shortcomings and the causes of failure so that mistakes are not repeated.
“When we enter the workforce and take on a leadership role, we cannot choose. When I was offered to join the Board of Directors, I couldn’t choose whether other directors were my friends. That’s not possible,” he added.
“So, a leader must appreciate diversity, whether willingly or not, they must be able to adapt and collaborate with that diversity.”
In his concluding remarks, he also advised the graduands to remember the presence of the UGM alumni network. This network is not only beneficial for helping UGM alumni’s careers but also needs to maintain its solidarity.
He hopes that the UGM Alumni network can continue to produce contributions that benefit the nation and the country.