Erni

Age: 22
Nationality: Indonesian

Communications & Global Studies, 2018

Tell us briefly about your work or role in your current organisation?

I work as a Data Processing Specialist in Nielsen, a global information and measurement company that provides market research, insights and data. My main responsibility is to create databases and resolution of data in a client-driven environment. On top of that, I am in charge of analysing and identifying gaps and areas for improvement in client instructions environment, and drive convergence of processes and tools.

How has your study in Monash Malaysia helped to prepare you for the working world?

Monash has equipped me with various of soft skills i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, and especially being culturally literate in a diverse and international setting. These soft skills are extremely valuable on top of the technical skills that is required in my job, as they help to foster a more productive, healthy and collaborative working environment.

Whilst at Monash, what type of opportunities did you participate in, for example internship/industry placement, student exchange or clubs/societies? Describe how these opportunities/exposure enhance your employability skills.

I had the opportunity to be 2017’s Clubs & Societies Division’s (under Monash University Student Association [MUSA]) secretary, and became a sub-committee for School of Arts & Social Sciences School Representative under MUSA as well in 2016. On top of that, I did two internships - one was with Sunway Integrated Property’s Brands, Communications and Special Initiatives’ Intern, and another one was with Text 100 Malaysia’s PR Intern. Both my organszational and internship experiences have helped enhance my employability skills due to the exposure and skills gained throughout my internship, i.e. leadership, communications, teamwork, professionalism, and even networking opportunities. On top of that, I was able to assess my field of interest during the experiences mentioned which helped me to prepare for the workforce.

What do you love most about your student life at Monash?

Being able to constantly learn and unlearn, and  being surrounded by like-minded people. I am glad that I could enrich my knowledge in the field I’m passionate in, and more importantly, I’m grateful that I am trained to be a critical thinker as I constantly have my understanding and beliefs challenged. On top of that, I am grateful to have found friendship that are based on similar interests and values, in which it ended up as my life support-system.