Name: Anindya Widita
Masters of Communications and Media Studies (2013-2014)
Tell us briefly about your work or role in your current organisation.
I’m currently an Academic Development Center Officer at Bina Nusantara Institute (BINUS Malang). I handle the curriculum development as well as the career development of my fellow lecturers. I’m also currently in the process of becoming a full-time lecturer and have started to prepare my individual plan related to my responsibility as a lecturer, which includes research and publication, community service, and self-development.
How has your study in Monash Malaysia helped prepare you for the working world?
I’ve been exposed to interacting with people from different backgrounds and cultures since I was younger, and Monash has prepared me better in dealing with people with various personalities and views. I’ve also gained more knowledge from my classmates especially from those with working experiences. My study in Monash has certainly helped develop and improve my organisational, communication, and research skills, which are important in my current profession. It has also made me more critical and increased my awareness in the various issues happening around the world. Overall, I think I’ve learned a lot in the short period of time of studying in Monash.
How has the master qualification helped you?
It has definitely landed me job opportunities. My background is international business management, and obtaining a master in communications and media has helped broaden my knowledge. Therefore, I think it sets me apart from the others and has enabled me to have more options in choosing my expertise in the working world. Furthermore, the fact that I’m a Monash graduate alone has successfully earned me two recruitment processes, which resulted in two work experiences, so I’m pleased and grateful for it.
Why did you choose to further your studies?
After graduating, I had a period when I was trying to figure out what to do next, but I realised there was nothing more I would want to do other than continuing my studies. I was (still am) striving to learn more and widen my knowledge and I knew doing so would help me find my way better once I graduated and enter the working world. I think Monash was quite an easy choice for me. I knew that the course I took would be the right choice, plus Malaysia has become my second home for a while. That’s why I chose Monash Malaysia.
What advice would you give to fresh young graduates looking for a masters qualification?
Don’t be afraid to branch out your options. Consider what you want, think of something you’d love to learn more and are interested in. Remember that you got to love what you do, because that will help you do well in it. Don’t worry if you’re a fresh graduate with no working experience, you’ll have more insight about that from your more experienced friends in class and you’ll be able to learn a lot from them. You’ll carry the knowledge and skills with you after you graduate. Every little piece of knowledge is precious. It won’t be easy but the journey is exciting. The accomplished feeling you will get is undeniable. Last but not least, learn while you’re still able to. Motivation will be your key.