Sharing Session Australia Awards: Tips Seleksi Wawancara

Around mid June when I just arrived in Jakarta, I received an email from one of the people who attend Australia Awards Sharing Session that I held early January 2018 when I was on holiday in Jakarta. She told me that she got selected for the next step for Australia Awards selection, which is the most important step: JST (Joint Selection Team) Interview. Why this is the most important? Because when you get selected for JST Interview, it means your chance to be an awardee is 50%. Its between you or somebody else! Thats how close your journey to be selected as a recipient of Australia Awards Scholarship.

And since I’m in Jakarta at the moment, so I told her that I’m willing to have another sharing session specifically for interview preparation. Along with my bestie who also in Jakarta during Winter Break, me and him held a discussion to share our experience this afternoon. We also did interview simulation as well. I always love informal discussion with small number of people, so we can focus to each person equally.

so happy to discuss with them today

And I just realise, I never share anything about interview selection in this blog (lol sorry for my lack of commitment to write in this blog). For me, Australia Awards Indonesia is one of the scholarship who is really well-informed to public. For example this video is very clearly mentioned about important things that you need to prepare for the JST selection.

Moreover, many of my awardee friends also create a vlog like the video below to share their experience and tips for interview.

Since, I’m not camera-face (haha) I prefer to write about my experience in this blog. I guess those videos above are very clear to explain about the situation of interview selection. But I will highlight some points that for me is also important to nail the interview session:

  1. Master your essay
    It is obvious why you get selected because there are strong points from your essay that attract them to choose you. This interview selection is a way to validate your capability that you have present in the essay. It is also a way to explain more about your goals. So, consistent from what you have wrote before is important.
  2. Concise answer
    The interview session will only run for 20-30 minutes (but I was around 40 minutes lol). So, avoid explain the details but straight to your answer. And how to do it?
  3. STAR method
    My friend taught me about Situation Task Action Result method to explain anything. It is only one from many methods to explain a situation in a concise way. More about this method in this link.
  4. Practice makes perfect
    Back then, I have a support group consist of people from different field to prepare scholarship. We shared our essay among others and has interview simulation to practice our answer. It is important to explain your answer, able to convince other especially people that from different field from you. You will learn your strength, weakness and improve. So, you still have time to prepare yourself.
  5. Be confidence (but also cautious)
    Imagine, you want to convince a donor to give your fund in BIG amount of money. So, be confidence. I know its difficult. I know it very well since I always doubting myself. People think that doubting yourself as a sign of weakness. No, it is a sign that you will be well prepare to yourself. So be confidence so you can convince them why you worth to be a recipient of the scholarship.

Lastly, I do believe everything happen because of God will. So, do your best and don’t forget to pray.

So, goodluck everyone! I wish you all the best.

Cheers

“Home”

I found a blog post written by Aldo about ‘Perjalanan Mencari Rumah‘ and it hits me right. I feel related to his writing especially the part of when he’s longing for a place can accept him as he is. The fight of identity within myself always lead me to questioned everything. True that, in my own country I’m the part of majority people. Moreover, also belong to privilege group too. Having Javanese bloodline, a moslem, live in capital, having a good quality of education, able to pursue my education to Master degree etc. But sometimes I have different value from people and some of them think I’m odd and against society’s value.

Able to live in Australia is a wide opening eye experience for me, especially to meet many kind of people who accepting me the way I am. Just like any other unpopular thought in many people who live abroad, I’m thinking to live outside Indonesia for the sake of experience, acceptance and possible better future options. I met a lot of immigrants from South Asian countries, African countries, Middle-east countries and they always laugh when I told them the idea of changing nationality is unpopular in Indonesia because its a sign of ‘not-love-your-country’. Some of them are reach success point (and willing to achieve more) and have better job or life, the others are still struggling.

I love to live and establish my life in Indonesia. Since I have big personal goals that I want to achieve here. But reading the current situation now, where conservatism groups are rising, nobody can easily predict about what will happen in next 5 or 10 years. Since democracy is about majority rules (although it supposedly protect the minority values as well), I don’t know what if the majority values against my own value. Some people will argue to fight back and build your own community that you wanted. But its not simple since you need to have some such power to do so. Now, I sound skeptical with the idea itself. lol.

Anyway, the question of home is always haunting me. Surely, Jakarta is always be home for me. But, Canberra is now became home as well. Just like what Aldo said in his post, home is a place when you can contribute something and its not just a place where you feel belong but also you build something on it. Where will I go for my next journey? Can’t wait to look for my third home 🙂

25 June 2018

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Today is my birthday. I spent the night with two of my best friends and we kinda had staycation. When I woke up in the morning, I can see rain fell down to Jakarta. The Monday morning started in a gloomy mood. I always love see the city view from above and lucky we got room in 16th floor. The last time I saw city view from above is in Melbourne around end of May. However, for me Jakarta still looks prettier because of its vulnerability. I do remember it was also rainy morning in Melbourne. And I left the city with a weird emotion and feeling.

This morning in Jakarta, I still feel surreal of my own birthday. On one side of me kinda deny the fact that its my birthday, on the other side I kinda excited receiving text from friends. I have to feel grateful that I spent my birthday with my close friends and families. But what is birthday anyway, is a ticking down to lesser years in your life. Still, its a good time to reflect what you have been passed the previous year.

I have to say that my 27 years old journey quite an experience. I learnt a lot of things and completely change the way I am (my values, the way I think, etc) if I compare to previous years ago. Its true that people will change, but your future will be define by how your decision now.

I have been deeply in love

I have been hurt 

I learnt to stand tall and stood for myself

I learnt to say no

I made mistakes

I learnt to understand people shoes 

I learnt to trust people again

I forgive some people

I have so much fun

I became cold heart girl

I took random and impulsive decision

I learnt to do not think what other people opinion and focus on myself

I became stronger

Obviously after 2018 my life would not be easier as I will be graduate on December. Real life awaits for me. University is a safe bubble as a place to separate you from real world. So, during the second half of 2018 I know I need to prepare myself.

My friend asked me what is my wish for my birthday. All I can think is I am able to find a good job and career after I graduate (lol realistis banget). But some people (especially parents) think about marriage (well, typical Indonesian).

To be realistic as it may sound, I just need to prepare myself for any condition. Maybe I will be more ambitious this semester, who knows. But, lets enjoy life in Australia while you still have few months left there. ❤