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  • 2015/03/22

YKIP/YKIDS held a half-day Career Day Workshop on 28th March 2010 at the Hotel Oranjje in Denpasar. Twenty eight students attended the workshop as well as all of the current YKIP staff and former YKIP staff came as volunteers.

The Workshop was organized to respond to the concerns of KIDS and Kembali’s students who are studying at the senior high school level as they are often confused about the next step they should take after graduating. Should they look for a job or continue studying at university? Then, if they decide to continue their study at university level, where will they study, for what type of degree and what subject? Their schools often do not have the capacity to assist them with these issues.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide enough information so that the student is better informed about what is available as well as to what types of jobs can be had in specific fields. As most of these students know nothing about university life, we also let them know about the challenges they might face.

The Workshop began with a little icebreaker to encourage the participants to get to know one another. It was continued with a presentation from YKIP about scholarships that are available for the new college student for the academic year of 2010/2011. There are at least five scholarships they could apply for this year.

The second session was facilitated by the psychologist, Bunda Agus, whose expertise lies in career counseling. She talked about the influence between aptitude and interest in determining appropriate career choices. Through this session the participants could evaluate themselves about what interests they actually have and how they can use their interests to strengthen their talent/aptitude.

In the third session, the participants were divided into five small groups based on their interest in specific subjects. The first group of eight students chose economy. The discussion in this group was facilitated by Mr. I Gde Kajeng Bhaskara (Economy Lecturer of Udayana University). They learned about the different kinds of degree they could find in the area of economics such as: accounting, finance management, economics, etc. He also pointed out which subjects at senior high school should be taken by the students in order to apply for an economics degree.

It should be mentioned here that in Indonesia a college student must declare their major as soon as they graduate from college. The second group of seven chose Tourism. The discussion was facilitated by Ari Padma (Staff of Aston Hotel, Kuta – she is one of the students who received an Annika Linden scholarship from ALF-Bali Hotels Association while studying for her tourism degree at Sekolah Tinggi Pariwisata (STP) Bali). Ari Padma told them about the kinds of job that are available after graduating from Tourism school and the challenges they might face in their studies and on the job.

The third group of five chose Information Technology (IT) that was facilitated by Teguh Hardiansah. He is on staff at Mitrais and he is experienced in both hardware and software. He talked about these two disciplines and said that those interested in hardware could apply for IT support jobs or they could even start a business in selling computer hardware. Those who are good in software could apply for positions as software programmer (engineer), game developer, etc He also showed examples of software (including games). He dispelled their fears that only students from IPA (Hard Sciences) could go into IT as he himself was from a Social Science background.

The fourth group of four students chose Health that was facilitated by Dr. Oka Negara (doctor and lecturer at the medical faculty of Udayana University). He talked about the different kinds of degree that are available at Udayana’s Medical Faculty: medical degree (for doctor), psychology, community health, and nursing. There are 25 scholarships provided by Udayana University for children that come from underprivileged families. By having this information, the children know that they could still have a chance to study at the medical faculty without worrying about paying huge sums of money (if they could pass the selection off course).

The last group was psychology with four students. The discussion was facilitated by Bunda Agus. Bunda Agus talked about what kind of character and knowledge is required to be successful in psychology. She emphasized that being a psychologist means being a person who is ready to give his/her ear to listen, his/her heart to be empathic, and his/her thoughts to think objectively.

The third session became very interesting session for the participants as they could candidly explore their concerns with the guest speakers. They wanted to continue on even after the time was up. All students gave excellent evaluations for the workshop. They wrote that the workshop has given them a lot of encouragement for them to decide what they will do after graduate from senior high school. Those who are still in the eleventh grade requested to hold a similar workshop in the following year.

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