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.
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:
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Salah satu proses yang sangat krusial dalam mendaftar beasiswa/mendaftar sekolah adalah menulis essay. Entah itu purpose statement/menjawab pertanyaan yang diberikan oleh si pemberi beasiswa. Sehingga enggak heran ada banyak pilihan pencarian ‘how to write xxxx’ di Google. Saya sendiri pun pernah menulis tentang tips menulis purpose statement di blog ini. Memang tidak ada rumusan yang pasti karena semua kembali lagi ke metode masing-masing.
For me, writing those essays were a journey to find yourself. Its all about to know yourself better. Knowing your strength, your weakness, your purpose in this life and be honest about it. Karena apa yang kamu tulis adalah tentang diri kamu dan nantinya apa yang kamu tulis itu lah yang akan kamu defense saat di tahap wawancara. Its all about your consistency and commitment.
Walaupun sudah banyak tips and trick dalam menulis essay di dunia maya, masih banyak yang mencari essay para awardee supaya tahu secara jelas apa sih yang membuat mereka terpilih. I was one of them in the beginning of my searching. And its not really a good influence karena akhirnya saya merasa alih-alih terinspirasi tetapi malah terpengaruh. Akhirnya saya berhenti membaca essay orang lain dan memulai menulis dengan gaya saya sendiri. Saat saya lulus menjadi awardee AAS, ada banyak yang mengontak saya untuk melihat essay yang saya tulis. Saat itu dipengaruhi euforia bahagia dalam berbagi, saya senang-senang saja men-share essay saya. Until at some point, I sent it to almost 50 people and I didn’t know 80% of them. I sent my personal journey to strangers 😦 I dont know why I felt sad and discussed the situation with friends. They said its normal to feel sad because I was sharing something very precious. Not just an essay that won a scholarship, but an essay that won the battle after several failures.
I know how it feels to be clueless and lose hope after a failure. Thats why I really love to help people. unfortunenately I wont give my essay anymore to anyone, but I would really love to help by review their essay. Thats my decision. I know some people wont understamd it but this is all that I can help. You will know why later 🙂
A year ago I took days off and traveled to SingaporeandMalaysia. Feeling in total misery and hopeless because one of the Scholarship I applied in 2015 was failed. The main reason why I felt sad because I knew I didn’t give my best shot. I felt disappointed because I let myself failed. Drowning in a total sadness, I asked my friends not to mentioned about my scholarship progress and try to enjoy the journey. For me the trip itself was for my self-healing before I prepare another plan for my future scholarship.
Today, I just received my final score for IELTS test. Honestly, this is my third IELTS test this year. First was on April for my Australia Awards application. Second IELTS, few months after that, as a part of Joint Selection Team (JST) Interview of Australia Awards. And the third, and thanks God it’s the last for this year, 2 weeks ago.
The result is beyond my expectation but the most important thing, it’ll secure my place in the University. Alhamdulilah.
Looking back to the previous months, I finally can smile. After failed to attempt several scholarships and finally reach into this point, I just want to say thank you to myself. For the hard-work, for not giving up, for always be stubborn, and for the wonderful journey. 2016 was awesome!!! Let’s fight for 2017 & 2018 because it will be more challenging. ❤
I also would like to say million thanks to the people who helped me through this hardship. Family, friends, new friends and strangers. You know who you are. May God reply your kindness with thousand loves and bless. ❤ ❤
And now, it’s official, h-30 days before I leave this country. Bismillah.