SEMARANG – Department of Fishery Products Technology (THP) of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (FPIK) Diponegoro University (Undip) invited two alumni who became professionals to the campus to teach and share experiences with juniors. In the alumni teaching session with the theme “Strengthening Alumni Networks to Face the Challenges of the World of Work”, presented two Undip alumni namely Arlies Meta Nugraha, S.Pi, M.M., the Head of Account Management at Kalbe E-Health and Ardhiansyah Rohman Palani, S.Pi who served as Sales Manager of PT Sinta Prima Feedmill.

In his presentation, Arlies Meta Nugraha presented a material entitled “Challenges and Opportunities for Alumni towards the World of Work”. He stated that even though he had a career in a field that was not the same as his studies, he saw it as a challenge for students to face in the future.

Arlies, an alumni of Undip Fisheries Product Technology Study Program, said that by entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0, the opportunity to open the job market is increasingly wide open and does not demand only one discipline. He has proven that graduates in the field of fisheries can occupy quite prestigious positions in the pharmaceutical company. “Therefore, opportunities will always be wide open as long as students can take advantage of the current opportunities,” said Arlies.

According to him, from 2019 data, the current number of university graduates is 1.3 million people, 18.7% or 244,000 are graduates of education science study programs. Of the total number of graduates, there are 1.2 million graduates from August 2019 to August 2020, of which 60% are not working or have no business, while 32.9% are trying to find work.

This data, when compared with the trend of job availability according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), in February 2019 was still dominated by three sectors, namely the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Sector (29.46%); Trade Sector (18.92%); and Manufacturing Sector (14.09%). “Being a student today is required to continue to develop yourself to be more creative and innovative and build as many networks as possible, especially with alumni. So that when you graduate, you already have adaptive human resources and are ready to compete in this autonomous and disruptive era,” he explained.

Another alumnus who became the resource person, Ardhiansyah Rohman Palani, confirmed Arlies’ statement. Conveying the material entitled “Strengthening Alumni Networks to be Excellent Human Resources”, Ardhiansyah Rohman Palani reminded that Human Resources (HR) is one of the main sources in carrying out every activity in small organizations or large organizations.

Organizations will continue to demand their human resources to be productive, innovative, and creative so that the organization can continue to survive and continue to grow. “There are five characteristics of quality human resources, including being tenacious, diligent, innovative, honest and dedicated,” said Ardhiansyah.

He stated that with superior human resources, the role of the nation of Indonesia in realizing a better life for its residents can be implemented even better. On the other hand, the development of technology is also increasingly demanding that we have to be innovative and creative. “Therefore, Undip graduates must be tenacious, diligent, innovative, honest and highly dedicated to become an excellent resource in an era that is widely identified as VUCA, namely Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.”

Meanwhile, the Dean of Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences Undip, Prof. Ir. Tri Winarni Agustini, M.Sc, P.hD, when contacted on Thursday (18/11/2021) positively welcomed the Teaching Alumni activities. According to Prof. Tri Winarni, the activity held was the second year of the event involving alumni of the Department of Fishery Products Technology.

“Seeing the enthusiasm of the participants, I think this activity can increase students’ optimism in facing the challenges of the world of work. So I hope this activity can be a forum for alumni to motivate their juniors in improving their welfare, especially in opening up job opportunities,” she hoped.

The teaching alumni event which was held online on the second weekend of November 2021 was attended by 195 participants consisting of lecturers and undergraduate students from the Fishery Products Technology Study Program and other study programs at FPIK Undip. (PR team)