Inspirasi Karir V
By: Abigail Megan Widya
After two days listening to Daniel chattering away, consulting people in the what to do and not do in the UK, I know he’s a good fit for the next edition of Inspirasi Karir. Hence weeks later, we managed to get together at Kaihomaro, Aeon Mall.
What makes postgraduate worth taking?
‘I was a lecturer in a medical faculty in a private university in Indonesia, but with the path I am in, I’m unable to go further down the path less I continue my studies, so I did.’
What do you learn from living & studying in the UK?
‘How to be a gentleman 101, definitely. I can’t speak for other cities, but in Dundee, the men especially the elderly are very gallant. And it’s more than just opening doors and letting other people go first. It’s in how you act in your everyday life. How you listen to people, and pay attention to what they said. How you carry yourself.’
Any tips on handling the ever so dreadful homesickness and culture shock?
‘Travelling to new places have always give me kicks, so I guess that is one reason why I have no culture shock. Second of all, I also set my mind on the why and what I came to the UK in the first place. And when you focus on your game, you become immune to the likes of homesickness and culture shock.’
How would you say is the best way in choosing a major to undertake?
‘I think the most important step of them all is the first one; set your goals. Find out what you want to be, what you want to achieve, and then you can start planning on how you are going to get there, including what major you should take.’
Was that how you picked yours?
‘Well it’s a bit different for me. I’ve always wanted to be a pilot, but my mum was very suggestive at me being a doctor, hence I took her proposition that I should be a doctor and took up medicine as my major. After all, mothers know best right?’ chortled Daniel away. ‘But I do not regret anything. Now I can help people, contribute to my country and have travelling in between. At least right now I am halfway to where I want to be.’
As we get to the middle of our conversation the waiter came and served us our dinner. While I opted for the simple salmon belly sushi rolls, Daniel ordered a range of sashimi topped with a bowl of miso. Noticing a theme here, I then proceed with asking whether his favorite food is Japanese, and how did he cope with the lack of it in the UK.
‘Yeah I have to say it’s ramen, the Japanese kind. And then sashimi. Ha, don’t get me started on ramen in Dundee. The ramen there is not very pleasing, to say the least. But I do love the tonkatsu ramen in Picadilly Circus in London. It’s amazing, even better than the one here in Jakarta!’
It has been more than a decade since Daniel first stepped into the medical world, and to say that he has come so far is an understatement. Being a researcher at Mochtar Riady Institute for Nanotechnology is only one of his many responsibilities. In addition to that he is currently employed at Kemenkes Indonesia, and working at a startup that he and a couple of his colleagues started.
How does living & studying in the UK changes you?
‘I knew I wanted to have a startup, but I just never sure in what. Then after the UK, I found my calling and built Not Just Bali. The fact that there are still people who does not know where Indonesia is baffles me to no ends and it is such a shame. We have this archipelago in-built beautifully, yet not a lot of people get to enjoy its pleasingness. Coming to the UK, meeting these people who are unaware of the beauty of our country really ticks my box. Long story short, being in the UK has helped me in opening more doors & ideas.’
Between the meal & the chattering, time goes by in a blink of an eye & it’s suddenly eight o’clock already. Not wanting to keep Daniel from having his day end, I asked him one last – but by no mean least – question.
Advice on the current and upcoming Indonesians studying in the UK?
‘Have some grit and don’t lose faith. It is not going to be easy, but it is going to be worth it if you make it. Be nice and know how to carry yourself in different situations. Keep your head in the game is important too. Focus on what you need to finish.’