In order to welcome the 27th Anniversary of the Faculty of Psychology, Diponegoro University (Undip), the Faculty of Psychology Undip held Ben Connect: Alumni Consolidation with the theme “Preparing Yourself in Era 5.0 in Synergy Building the Nation”. The talk show, which was held online via Zoom meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at 19:00 WIB, was included in the Undip program towards World Class University in the Employer Reputation category.

This event is open to the entire academic community and Undip alumni, especially from the Faculty of Psychology. This event presented 3 speakers, namely Prof. Dr. Denny Nugroho Sugianto, S.T., M.Si. (Head of Diponegoro University Ranking Office), Faef Kartika Indriati, S.Psi., M.Psi., Psychologist (Head of Corporate Service PT Indika Multi Properti and Chair of IKAPSI Undip), Eko Prasetyanto, S.Psi., M.M. (staff of the Ministry of State Secretary and Undip alumni Class of 1999), moderated by Dr. phil. Dian Veronika Sakti Kaloeti, S.Psi., M.Psi. (Deputy Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Faculty of Psychology Undip).

Starting the event, the Dean of the Faculty of Psychology Undip, Prof. Dian Ratna Sawitri, S.Psi., M.Si., Ph.D. stated that link and match with industry must be established, therefore students are prepared to take part in off-campus activities. Likewise with lecturers who work together in research, both with lecturers from different disciplines and lecturers from different universities.

“Alumni also play an important role, considering that Undip is listed as a university whose graduates find jobs quickly according to the 2022 QS Graduate Employability Rankings assessment, where alumni play a role as much as 25%. Here later we can all share, maybe there are vacancies in the industrial world where Faculty of Psychology Undip alumni work that can provide experience to Undip Psychology students,” said Prof. Dian.

Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum in his speech said that through this event, Undip alumni had achieved many achievements and proved that Undip alumni are qualified, adaptive, and ready to work. “Although it is a new department at Undip, there are a lot of people interested in the Psychology study program. Insyaallah, we will be able to open a Doctoral Psychology study program later. Alumni can help Undip in various ways, such as making the time to fill out questionnaires, being a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, or even opening internship vacancies if you have your own office,” said Prof. Yos.

The first speaker, Prof. Dr. Denny Nugroho Sugianto, S.T., M.Si. mentioned 3 main indicators of Undip’s success, namely PTNBH, research university, and World Class University (WCU). Currently Undip is ranked 801-1000 according to the 2023 QS World University Rankings and the results of this ranking are certainly a reflection of Undip’s position.

“There is a role for alumni in 6 out of 8 KPIs of higher education. Alumni networking attracts Undip graduates as ready-to-work human resources, therefore since college they must be active outside the campus and must carry out internships. Great power can be created if we unite, hopefully together we can lead Undip to become WCU,”said Prof. Denny when explaining Undip’s current position.

The second speaker, Faef Kartika Indriati, S.Psi., M.Psi., Psychologist delivered a material entitled “The Roles of Alumni in Private Agencies and Networking Opportunities”. Psychology Undip Alumni are connected through IKAPSI, collaborate through Alumni Virtual Talk (AVT) and Sharing with Alumni Psychology (SWAP), and contribute to the alma mater by providing information, contacts and opportunities to Psychology Undip students regarding the internship programs, job vacancies, and research. “It is important to build a positive mindset in order to successfully achieve our goals. There are many challenges in the 5.0 era, knowing your passion and preference to turn ideas into reality,” said Faef, who is an alumni of Psychology Undip Class of 2000.

Furthermore, Eko Prasetyanto, S.Psi., M.M. provided insight into the experience of working in state institutions. In his material entitled “Building Personality to Be Ready to Compete in the World of Work”, Eko described the mindset needed in the world of work, namely positive thinking (can be seen from personality), constructive thinking (in the form of skills), and effective thinking (showing characteristics).

Working principles that must be instilled early include integrity, flexibility, communication, willing to help, and willing to learn from mistakes. “Things learned in the workplace will come in handy later. So learn as much as possible and your career will gradually improve,” said Eko.