Daily Archives: December 5, 2006

Part Time Journalist in Cikarang Pos

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What the h**l is this pos?!

A newspaper? – daily, weekly, monthly or moody?! I have no idea anymore. I worked with them for quite some time for about one year, consecutively.

I learned a lot about journalism in a communal media – newspaper – or whatever it was called, tabloid or printed papers – simply so.

I quited from the office for almost one year ago.

Well, I will tell you more about the situation in this media and will post some of my writings, I could still barely find them in my laptop memory – hopefully.

Keep an eye on this link.

Cheers, Reiza

Part Time Student in Jababeka

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Why was it not full time?!

I dunno. Well, I know. It’s because I needed to manage my time for study and for work at once. So it was only part time job.

The contract valids from September to December 2005.

I was attached to the sales and marketing department of PT. Graha Buana Cikarang (one of Jababeka’s subsidiaries).

Will post some of my writings in this link. Stay tuned and happy reading.

One more thing before I go, check this website out: http://www.jababeka.com

BritCham Chapter 5: Conclusion, Recommendations and Suggestions

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The worth of the internship program


Two-month internship program in BritCham is absolutely valuable for all students of President University, particularly Public Relations students. I personally strived numerous of new knowledge and experiences concerning Public Relations in organizations – Chamber of Commerce and Industry – in the organization where I did the internship program, British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, I was attached to BritCham’s Events Department, which obviously suits my major Public Relations.
Through the internship program in BritCham, I learned many things to improve personal skills because most of the activities I got involved in are related to Public Relations such as desktop publishing, member relations, media relations, marketing communications and networking as well as business referrals. I also got opportunities to uphold professional development.
Internship program for students is more to be expected to be a training program before students eventually enter the real working environment after graduation. During the time being students can learn and gain a lot of working experiences, which are essential for personal development and professional education and are worthwhile to practise us to enter the working life.

The impact on study and career plans


Beyond doubt, the internship program gives influences on my schoolwork and my profession plans. When I was doing the internship in BritCham, I found out that the organization sets a superb standard on its events organization. Besides that, BritCham seeks for open network and membership with people on important positions in various corporations and organizations, which is definitely an opportunity to build own personal-network.
Furthermore, to expand the networks, BritCham organizes events namely Networkers Meeting and Business Networking. As a foreign chamber of commerce and industry in Indonesia, BritCham should maintain very wide network with various corporations and organizations in order to support the day-today activities as well as all BritCham organized events. Besides, the network will ease the activities of BritCham.
For that particular reason, I start building and maintaining my own personal network for future benefits when I get into my professional career. Network is definitely important for all people not only for our professional career but also for our personal matters. I call this “the Power of Networking”, to develop our career and to maintain our connection. Since some multinational companies look for people with wider network in so-called marketplace to be positioned in the institutions’ top positions like Public Relations Manager.

Personal growth


During the internship I have build a lot of new networks with a lot of new people from various companies and organizations. In another words, my network has expanded. One of our lecturers, Mr. Gary Plant, when I met him in BritCham’s September Business Networking said, “In business, it isn’t about what do you know, but who do you know.” His statement shows how vital network is to myself.
Development would be the most appropriate word to describe the process of my personal growth. Interaction with BritCham staffs, members, clients and so many expatriates, particularly British people as well as with the British Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Charles Humphrey, makes me much calmer and relaxed to converse to people with different background.
Equanimity and professionalism will determine the intern to succeed the internship program. As my first objective to do an internship program in BritCham is to develop my network, I have got what I expected and this is definitely valuable for my future career and beneficial to my networking aspect.

A recommendable internship for other students to take
Even though only two-month internship program, I have learned and strived a lot in terms of networks, design skills and events organizing as well as public speaking ability. BritCham is a recommendable organization to do an internship program for students who aims for network development.
I have discuss with my on-site supervisor, Mr. Lukas to get another intern student of President University to replace my position in BritCham Events Department and to continue the forthcoming assignments.

BritCham Chapter 4: Personal Result, Evaluation and Points Learned

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Personal Result


During an internship program in British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (BritCham), I obtained the opportunity to be a new member of the BritCham’s events department. BritCham’s events department is responsible for all events and activities of BritCham. Performing as an organizing committee gives the department a vital function in succeeding all events management. Some subjects learned in classes in the previous semesters could be well applied such as Desktop Publishing, Marketing Communications, Presentation Techniques in PR and the practice of networking.
Internship is also a link between education and business and certainly the theory taught in classes is totally different from what is practiced in the working environment. In the involvement in the design process for the events’ “marketing communications”, I could use some of theories gained in classes as practical skill as the theoretical matters are strongly essential for each specific entity required. I could strive new knowledge about designing means of marketing communications for commercial events and activities of a chamber of commerce.
Working with the events department coordinator of BritCham offered me opportunities to improve and develop both personal and professional capabilities, as most Britcham’s events required a good sense of personality, professionalism and hospitality with the members and guests. It is what is called knowledge transfer; from every event management, I learned further how to resolve particular problems appeared unexpectedly, to critically think of some analytical problems as well as how to work in a team when working on the organization’s events.
In the first event – Breakfast Briefing on September 5, at the Financial Club, Jakarta – I was involved in, a lot of new practical knowledge such as “the art of networking’ had been well learned. While, in the second event – Networkers Meeting on September 6, at the Mercantile Athletic Club, Jakarta – I learned about business and networks referrals, and on the Networkers Meeting on October 18, I was given an opportunity to give a one-minute presentation to the members. The intern also had an opportunity to deliver the first presentation project on BritCham Toastmasters Meeting on October 12, at the President Business Institute.

Evaluation


Working with BritChams’ weekly and monthly events offered chances to me to achieve the learning objectives and the scopes of work. Getting involved in some BritCham’s events gave clearer vision of what particular subjects learned in classes that can be applied in practical matters. Besides that, through some events, I captured many practices that will be very helpful for me to use in professional career.
I also had many opportunities to join many BritCham’s networking-event and in fact, all BritCham’s events aim for expanding the network and links. Through those events I could directly practice how to start building a network, maintain the network and handle problems appear when the network is in (communication) crisis. I strongly emphasize on networking part because this is also about Public Relations. I figure out that a PR practitioner should have a very broad network in order to broaden the scope of its work and to ease its jobs if the network is wide and well built.
Furthermore, through networking, I could well practice and improve my public speaking skills ability and interpersonal communication skills, about which I have previously learned in classes. So, definitely, through an internship in BritCham I could put some theories I studied into real practices. Not only that, by designing some flyers, brochures, notices and etc. I could directly use Desktop Publishing – that I learned last semester – into practice and identify which one is better to use.
In addition, working together with BritCham staffs particularly the business manager, events coordinator and sales and marketing officer gave me new outlook and idea of how to work in a national-scale organization. I have learned a lot, in BritCham about applied organizational behaviour all the way through the events organizations (Business Networking and Networkers Meeting), projects (Global B2B and CTIT) and design assignments given. Those gave me not only a glance overview but also deep knowledge to polish myself as a future PR practitioner.
Networking activities of BritCham’s events certainly opened the door for me to verify that a person to another can get connected through a third party or even from somebody that we never knew before. To sum up, what I benefited the most from a two-month internship in BritCham is the advantage of networking activities. Another point to consider is to create an integrated network database for the benefit and the ease of BritCham when searching for particular link to support some BritCham events in the coming future.

Points Learned


During the internship program in British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (BritCham) Business Centre, Jakarta, I learned a numerous new thing like organizational behaviour: organizational culture, organizational communications as well as the value of work routine, working relationship with BritCham staffs, interpersonal and non-verbal communication skills, events organizations, public speaking, networking, leadership characteristics, motivation, compliance to accept everyday jobs and sustaining overall performance.
Organizational behaviour is about how to understand BrtiCham’s whole scope of work as a foreign chamber of commerce. I have learned how an organization’s works and activities differ from a corporation in terms of behaviour and culture. I have integrated this into an organizational communication concept.
The value of work routine is another point I learned that the day-to-day work is somewhat offered an insight experience of how to handle a daily routine and regular events that are organized weekly and monthly.
Working relationship with nine other staffs is another aspect to consider as BritCham has a small team in its business centre with high activity load, I learned that I should work fast and smart and independently and sometime not under supervision.
Another point learned is interpersonal and non-verbal communication skills. Being a new member of BritCham Events Department requires good oral communication skills when talking with members and guests of some events, besides non-verbal communication skills in writing articles and press releases of the events.
Other important points to learn are events organizations, public speaking and networking. During the involvement in BritCham events, I learned a lot about events organizations, which required high self-dedication. To work with events coordinator also entails good public speaking and networking skills, besides ability to design some promotional tools like brochures.
Motivation, compliance to accept everyday assignments and sustaining overall performance are other points to learn when interning in BritCham. I designed almost all of the events notices and some advertisements as well as using personal creativity to make design layouts and settings.
Finally, I also learned organizational leadership characteristics in BritCham how they handle particular organizational situations and conditions.

BritCham Chapter 3: Activities, Project Involved and Experiences

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A. Brief outline of BritCham Events Department


BritCham Events Department is managed by a coordinator whose main responsibilities are as follow:
a. Responsibility for the preparation, execution and follow up of all regular and ad hoc events, including but not limited to:
a. Suggesting date and venue of events
b. Obtaining the best deals with venues
c. Liaise with venues to ensure that confirmed bookings are in place for all functions
d. Liaise with Sector Group Chairman to maintain a current schedule of all sector group meetings are submitted in time for publication in the next available newsletter
e. Receptionist at all BritCham functions, this will include prior coordination of RSVP’s and cancellations, timely distribution of function notices, preparation and distribution of receipts/name tags, preparation of guest lists, distribution of all BritCham information sheets, and membership application forms, collection, reporting and acquittal of function fees
f. Ensure the timely distribution of function and event notices
b. Responsibility for promotion of BritCham functions and events, including Breakfasts, Lunches, Business Networking, New Member Functions, Golf Tournament, annual Xmas Party, Sector Group Meetings, Toastmasters and Networkers.
c. Relationship development and liaison with BritCham members to ensure they are properly serviced.
d. Liaison with function, event and tournament venues to ensure relationships are maintained and to facilitate mutually beneficial contracts for BritCham’s activities.
e. Development and promotion of BritCham’s range of member discounts and benefits, including negotiation with the service providers and management of member suggestions and complaints.
f. Other duties as required.

BritCham Events Department is organizing all BritCham events and activities, locally and nationally, as it is mentioned previously, including designing all means of events promotion such as e-notices, flyers and brochures. BritCham Events Department Coordinator is directly working with Marketing Department and under the supervision of BritCham Business Manager. Furthermore, events department will build good relations with media to cover all BritCham events besides is often confidant and counsellor to the Business Manager and the Executive Director in giving the best deal options of the events organizations.
In BritCham Events Department we could additionally learn about understanding the organization’s activities thoroughly; having a basic knowledge of events organizations, sponsorship procedures; demonstrating a presence and being able to back it up with solid communication skills; being sensitive and intuitive to what the Business Manager and the Executive Director are thinking and feeling towards some events; being able to read signals on the scope and provide early warning to the Business Manager; being able to mediate and achieve deals with partners; knowing how to overcome bureaucratic thinking in the organization; being detail-oriented; being flexible and creative; and, finally, maintaining a sense of humour and balance no matter how pressured a situation.
Events Department of British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia is supervised by a Business Manager and working together with the Marketing Department in which the intern got involved in the communication within the organization, its members and partners deeper since it’s most visible function that may be centralized or distributed across organization’s members or partners.
In addition, BritCham’s events coordinator deals most of the time with members, clients, other foreign chambers and sponsors when organizing events. Not only dealing with those parties, events department also builds good relations with media people in order to get good coverage and exposure of our events.
Furthermore, to promote BritCham’s events, notices, brochures and flyers are very essential to achieve the target of guest number and income – profit – of certain events. The success of all BritCham’s events depends on the efforts of the events coordinator in organizing those events, looking for sponsors and approaching potential guests to participate in all those events.

B. Concise Jobs and Assignments Descriptions


There are three major assigments that I had been doing during my two-month internship: design, events and projects assigend by BritCham Business Manager. Those three main tasks are applied in the following specific events and projects:
1. Workshop on Urban and Environmental Management Policies and Good Practices in Indonesia it’s a workshop organized by Urban and Regional Development Institute (URDI) discussed the concern urban and environmental management policies and good practices of some institutions in Indonesian cities.
a. The objectives to analyse the opportunities and barriers in the policies application on the three sub-sector and the policy supports for the urban environment management practice in Indonesia.
b. The target audience is environment practitioners – environmentalists – and those who are interested in urban environmental issues in Indonesia representing government and private institutions.
c. The barrier of the workshop is the time punctuality and/or allocation of each session of the workshop and the coordination of the participants.
d. Suggestion: this event has close relevancy to BritCham CTIT Project, it’s suggested that later in December CTIT Conference in Jogja, the project office can contact URDI people for cooperation or partnership.
2. Breakfast Briefing is a monthly event that shares first-hand information on the business environment and the government regulation, which invite knowledgeable speakers in their fields to benefit members of the sector groups.
a. The objectives are to address subjects of current interest to the business community, and provide members with news and updates presented by the experts who provide a first-hand experience and information.
b. The target audience is business community in Jakarta as well as public in general with particular subjects of interest that are specifically arranged to provide the right information for them.
c. The barriers are sometimes potential speakers have a tight schedule to deliver the speech in the in the event, so we have to contact other available speaker to participate; guests’ confirmation to come is sometime difficult.
d. Suggestion: there should be 2 persons in charge; one is assigned for the receptionist desk and another one is to take pictures and listen to the presentation to write the press release and article for Update newsletter.
3. BritCham Business Networking is monthly networking functions events that provide an excellent opportunity to meet the most active members of the Indonesian and British business community, thus expanding business networks.
a. The objective is to facilitate members and non-members of BritCham to meet monthly and expand their business networks, while relaxing after office hours in a free flow of beer and wine.
b. The target audience is the members of BritCham as well as non-members and guests who are interested in getting new networks.
c. The barriers are sometimes the venue option is not that suitable for the events, the guests sometime get in the last-minute notice of the events and potential sponsors are not interested to join the events also the coordination with the venue staff which is sometime not easy.
d. Suggestion: the events coordinator should look for sustaining sponsors for each month business networking and decide the venue one month before.
4. BritCham Networkers Meeting: is to pass Business Referrals between members of the group, which will meet every Wednesday. The group will be confined to BritCham members and only one member from each profession or business type will be allowed to become a member of each group. The price of joining the group is the commitment and dedication to finding referrals for the other group members.
a. The objective is to pass business referral between members of the group or in the business community or networks besides introducing the product of our business through a one-minute presentation and in a scheduled presentation while enjoying breakfast.
b. The target audience is the members of the business group within BritCham membership; guests may only come twice consecutively.
c. The barrier is that not all members always come and meet every Wednesday and not all of them always have business referrals to pass.
d. Suggestion: at least once a month members should invite and/or introduce their friends to present and introduce their businesses to the group.
5. BritCham Toastmasters Club Meeting; is on the basis that both a company’s and an individual’s success in business is based on how effective they are at communicating, BritCham started its own Toastmasters Club.
a. The objective is “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship among its members”.
b. The target audience is business practitioners who are interested in improving their public speaking ability and presentation techniques.
c. The barriers is sometime in a meeting only a few people confirm to come and the venue is less strategic to reach.
d. Suggestion: the events coordinator should create more promotions of the meeting to all potential guests to invite more people to come to each meeting and perhaps also set a encouraging room atmosphere.
6. Carsurin Business Gathering is partnership business gathering between BritCham and Carsurin – a mining company – that facilitated a business meeting for coal miners to expand their business networks.
a. The objective is to facilitate coal miners in Indonesia to meet, to pass business referrals and to expand business networks as well as to strengthen the affiliation of Carsurin and BritCham.
b. The target audiences are coal miners and people who are interested in coal mining business sector in Indonesia.
c. The barriers are choosing suitable venue is more challenging that expected and inviting the right target business people to come to the event.
d. Suggestion: the events coordinator should coordinate better with Carsurin people via email or phone regarding the desired venue and notice design.
7. IBC HR Group Meeting is about members of companies, who wish to receive updates of Employment Law, ILO and other HR related information; the information gathered by the IBC HR Group may be used to prepare papers for discussion with APINDO, KADIN, or the Government.
a. The objectives to share HR related information between International Business Chamber companies and to share any information they receive or ask for information, which they think maybe of interest to other HR related colleagues.
b. The target audience are people and all HR practitioners from all corporate or organizational institutions who wish to obtain HR related updates.
c. The barrier is since IBC is virtual business chamber, the events organization is not properly manageable, and so sometime the monthly meeting is cancelled due to the shortage of time allocation.
d. Suggestion: this meeting should be promoted to wider HR practitioners from other companies to participate in the monthly meeting to collect more ideas and point of views of wider human resources practices.
8. Marketing and Membership is about BritCham’s sales and marketing of the membership and also the membership database management.
a. The objectives is to target more potential members to join BritCham membership and obtain its benefits and privileges as well as to provide good membership database system and follow-up program.
b. The target audience is people – non-members – who often come to BrtiCham’s regular events who potentially join BritCham membership
c. The barrier is that sometime those people are already members of other business chamber so they prefer not to join BrtiCham membership until their memberships expire.
d. Suggestion: it is suggested that – given – two persons manage marketing and membership separately to give optimum results of the BritCham sales and marketing as well as the membership benefit programs.
9. The Fry Group Presentation is a presentation of the Fry Group in association with BritCham providing information on financial planning.
a. The objective is to provide information on how to manage financial affairs, including wealth management, taxation, retirement and estate planning. Besides to strengthen the existing partnership between BritCham and The Fry Group.
b. The target audience is expatriates – specifically British people – residing in Indonesia who are interested in managing personal financial condition.
c. The barriers is to coordinate with the Fry Group people in making the presentation notice to be sent to potential participants.
d. Suggestion: more of similar events organized to associate the benefits of the events between BritCham and the associated partner.
10. BritCham Christmas Party is annual networking functions events that provide an excellent opportunity to meet the most active members of the Indonesian and British business community as well as people from other business association while celebrating Christmas.
a. The objective to celebrate Christmas together with members of the Indonesian and British business community while expanding business networks.
b. The target audience is business people who are interested in getting networks with Indonesian and British Business community
c. The barrier is to get sponsors or potential business – corporations – who are willing to sponsor the event.
d. Suggestion: this event is organized in different venue every year to give new and different atmosphere to the guests, in case they attended the last year event and they go to this year event in the same venue; using creativity and innovation of organizing the event.
11. BritCham monthly newsletter – up.date is BritCham’s monthly newsletter that provide members and readers with news and updates such as on Indonesian and Britsih business condition as well as current issues. It’s also covering BritCham’s past month events and the forthcoming events.
a. The objective is to provide current information and updates on business condition – climates – to members and readers.
b. The target audiences are BritCham’s members, other business chambers and associations and general interested readers.
c. The barrier is that so far up.date newsletter is still under the supervision of BritCham’s Business Manager – it is supposedly handled by one person whose main task is to work on the design and formatting of the newsletter as well as to collect news for the articles to produce best possible results.
d. Suggestion: there should be a person who specifically works on Update newsletter from making the design and formatting of the pages to collecting the articles through interviews or events reporting to give better appearance of the newsletter. Besides making a so-called ‘trademark’ or ‘patent’ of the newsletter so that Update newsletter has set page design, layouts, formatting, etc. in order to improve to packaging of the news.
12. CTIT Project aims for creating both technology & business partnerships between S. E. Asian industries and European technology providers.
a. The objective is to improve environmental quality and energy efficiency using renewable energy sources through a co-ordinated initiative to utilise cleaner alternative energy for industry and transport.
b. The target audiences are environmentalist in Southeast Asian countries and European technology providers.
c. The barrier is that because the event is organized in regional level, the coordination amongst the organizer in the host country turns to be difficult and pricey to make long-distance coordination.
d. Suggestion: with the present assistance of a project officer of CTIT Project, BritCham should optimise her works – as an added human resource – in promoting and organizing the coming CTIT conference in December in Jogja.
13. Global B2B is about linking Southeast Asian small medium enterprises to EU partners – is an SME Business to Business Network designed to facilitate two-way market access between provincial Indonesia and the European Union.
a. The objective to create business-to-business linkages between European SMEs and Indonesian business associations, firms & tertiary institutions at provincial level to enhance and improve their access to each other’s regional markets.
b. The groups targeted by the Global B2B project include Indonesian provincial SMEs, trade associations and tertiary institutions, which will benefit from capacity building and linkages, and European SMEs, which will benefit from improved access to provincial Indonesia.
c. The barrier is that building 11 contact centres in 11 cities in Indonesia need credible focal points to represent BritCham in that centres, and recruiting these people is not that easy.
d. Suggestion: BritCham should recruit credible focal points to manage the Global B2B activities in 11 contact centres to succeed all organized events and to ensure that the activities in the contact centres run properly and in order. Besides facilitating BritCham to apply the objectives of Global B2B project in that cities.
14. Media Strategy, Value Proposition and Organizational Communication is a project assigned by the Business Manager to analyse other possibilities to target potential buyers of BritCham membership program and how to create new target groups who are willing to join BritCham membership.
a. The objective is to analyse new target groups in the market outside the existing members who are later willing to buy BritCham membership.
b. The target audience is as this is an internal project, the concept was proposed to the Business Manager and to the Executive Director of BritCham – the concept of organizational communication of BritCham.
c. The barrier. During the making of the project, I found difficulty in finding similar cases in other organization and the information provided are rather vague and because BritCham has a organization system already, it’s quite hard to identify from which aspect to start the analysis.
d. Suggestion: after going through intensive research and analysis of value proposition, I suggested that BritCham add one more core values besides: Meet the Right People, Get the Right Info and Open the Right Doors. This could be ‘Provide the Right Market’. For example: while celebrating Christmas Party, it’s the right time to provide a printing company – member – for others to print their corporate new year calendar for their customers.
15. Jakarta Highland Gathering is truly ‘a celebration of friendship’ and extraordinary story of cooperation and continuity of purposes between Britain and Indonesia during a period of change and evolution of the country’s history.
a. The objective is to consider how the event can promote companies, strengthen employee loyalty, further friendship and understanding between communities and be part of the company’s charitable giving.
b. The target audience is all the people in the world including throughout Indonesia with different cultures, introducing friendship, and understanding from the root of multicultural concept of Scottish with its ‘Highland Gathering.’
c. The barrier is that on the gathering that night, the committee did not provide proper name tags for the guests instead of using sticker tags.
d. Suggestion: for the next gathering it is suggested that the committee provides proper name tags and persons in charge of the receptionist table to welcome the guests.

Those are the activities I got involved in during the two-month internship program in British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (BritCham) in BritCham’s Events Department. Through each of the above activities, I have learned a lot of new things related and/or not related to my major Public Relations as well as practical aspects that can be integrated to benefit and to improve my communications skills. The principle subjects of learning are design (Desktop Publishing), events organization – as a part of PR task in organizing events, problem solving process, analytical thinking, communicational aspect, etc.
The activities involvements above are integral parts of BritCham’s Events Department and assignments of BritCham’s Business Manager. Through it all, I had the opportunities to apply the theoretical science of Public Relations in practice and I had gained new experiences and practical knowledge. That involvement is truly a bridge for me to meet my theoretical ability and the practical condition I experience in the field of works.
Those are details of the activities including events and projects that I was involved in and also given point of suggestion in each activity in order to give new ideas for the events coordinator – especially – and BritCham in organizing better events in the coming time.

BritCham Chapter 2: Organization Profile

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About Us


The British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia (BritCham) has operated under various guises since the late sixties. It began with a modest start approximately thirty years ago, as an initiative of the then Ambassador, Sir John Ford, to facilitate informal gatherings of British businessmen at the Indonesian Petroleum Club. In September 1975, it was notarised as an association representing British business interests in Indonesia and quickly evolved into a serious business organisation. In recognition of its role in the Indonesian business community, an Extraordinary General Meeting of Members decided by unanimous vote in December 1998 that the then Indonesian British Business Association (IBBA) should become a Chamber of Commerce. As a result, the British Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia came into being on 1st April 1999. BritCham now enjoys a membership encompassing over 550 individuals including the vast majority of British owned companies operating in Indonesia plus Indonesian members who have commercial links with Britain.

BritCham’s mission statement is:
“To actively promote, encourage and assist the continuation and growth of trade and investment relations between Indonesia and Britain.”

BritCham’s principal objectives in achieving its mission are to:
• Represent the interests, in Indonesia, of British business, particularly to Government and other key decision makers.
• Keep the membership informed of economic and political developments.
• Assist UK and Indonesian companies, especially SME’s, with market entry.
• Assist in the identification and dissemination of business opportunities to those who have an interest in developing business relations between Britain and Indonesia.
• Promote the contribution being made by British business activities to the development of Indonesia.

A non-executive Board of Management, with a British Chairman and an Indonesian Vice-Chairman, supervises the activities of BritCham. The Board consists of 22 members, five of which are of Indonesian nationality, and is supported by a full-time professional Secretariat consisting of an Executive Director and six staff. To serve its members, BritCham maintains a well-resourced secretariat located at Wisma Metropolitan 1 in Jakarta. The office provides meeting facilities, information resources, computer, telephone and fax facilities, as well as access to the Internet.

The Chamber has traditionally been an important source of timely and reliable information on current topics of business interest, and so continues to organise an intensive programme of regular events for its membership including breakfast meetings, lunches and networking evenings in addition to the programmes of its sector groups. At present these groups cover the aerospace, energy, healthcare, human resources, infrastructure, insurance, and manufacturing and retail sectors. BritCham also publishes a newsletter each month and maintains a web site (www.britcham.or.id) providing news on coming events, important business and political developments and other issues in Indonesia and the UK.

The breakfast and lunch functions involve key note speakers from the Indonesian Cabinet and Government, International Financial Institutions, Universities, local political advisers, British media representatives and the local business community, as well as visiting business leaders and Ministers / politicians from the United Kingdom. The monthly networking event provides an opportunity for members and non-members alike to mix in an informal atmosphere and to expand their range of contacts, exchange information, and share experiences and opportunities in their own business sectors. It also serves as an excellent means of reaching out to the broader business community and attracting new members. In the past two years BritCham has introduced its own successful Toastmasters Club to provide the staff of our member companies with the opportunity to improve their public speaking and English language skills. Another new initiative has been the introduction of a weekly Networkers Group, which caters particularly for small and medium enterprises that are seeking business referrals. All in all BritCham hosts approximately 130 activities per year, making it one of the most active chambers in Indonesia.

BritCham has continued to publish the Guide to British Business in Indonesia, which has proved to be an invaluable aid both to newcomers in the market as well as to businesses already established in Indonesia. As another way of assisting newcomers to Indonesia, BritCham has put in place a range of market facilitation services that are provided on a fee for service basis. The types of services and the appropriate fees can be viewed on our website.

BritCham enjoys a close relationship with the commercial section of the British Embassy in Jakarta, working towards the common goal of promoting business relationships between Britain and Indonesia. As the non-government organisation that represents Britain in Indonesia, BritCham is an associate member of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and has forged links with key Government ministries and departments. BritCham is a member of Britain in Asia Pacific the regional grouping of British Chambers and business associations and is also a founding member of both the European Business Chamber of Commerce and the International Business Chamber. Working together with all these strategic partners, BritCham lobbies government on business issues to ensure that the interests of ensuring a continued strong business relationship between the UK and Indonesia are taken into account in the formulation of policy and legislation impacting on trade and investment. The range of sector groups within the Chamber ensures that BritCham’s inputs are targeted and well advised.

BritCham’s vision for the future is to further improve our delivery of professional and efficient services to our members as well as to those UK and Indonesian companies and individuals wishing to develop business between the two countries. We therefore look forward to the support of those in the British and Indonesian business community who have an interest, as we do, in nurturing the growth of the bilateral business relationship, particularly as the Indonesian economy is now emerging from a long economic crisis.

BritCham welcomes new members both from among local business people and those in Britain with an interest in doing business in Indonesia.

BritCham Chapter 1: Introduction

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A distinct program in President University compared to other universities is its two-semester internship program, which is performed in the 4th and 7th semesters by registered students of President University. Those students must have finished their 6th semester and have been approved by the university and accepted by a company or institution or organization in Indonesia, specifically and overseas in general.

Internship program in President University is a part of the university’s academic programs during four-year academic period, which is a concrete way to learn through experience working in related industries. The setting of the internship program offers captivating and constructive chances for practical learning and operates as a bridge between education and business.

Through the internship program, the students encounter the knowledge transfer obtained in classrooms to tasks such as problem solving, critical thinking and working as a member of a team. Fundamentally, by getting the opportunity to join the internship program, students can get the point of view of how working environments are and how to get involved together with other colleagues on the field.

During the internship program, both academic supervisor and on-site supervisor will supervise the intern students.

Academic supervisors are registered lecturers of President University and agreed by the university management. They provide academic advice to the interns on how to examine the job and relate it to the theory they learned in classes. Besides that, academic supervisors should direct the intern to prepare the internship final report and frequently meet them on the spot. Providing conventional information to the management about the performance of the interns is also one of the academic supervisor’s responsibilities. At the end of the internship program, they sit as panel members on the final evaluation and grading the interns.

While on-site supervisors are staffs in the companies or organizations recommended by the university or chosen by the companies themselves who will be responsible for introducing the interns to key people within the company and willing to supervise day-to-day activities of the interns. They will familiarize the interns with the office equipments and procedures. Another thing is on-site supervisors guarantee the security of the interns and provides company’s code of conduct. At the end of the internship program on-site supervisors write final report as they are the persons the intern asks for questions to regarding the tasks assigned.

Furthermore, the internship program of President University has some aims. First purpose is to expand the students’ learning experiences related to career-oriented objectives. Another aim is to build up the students’ skills to achieve performance goals based on the responsibilities and duties associated with entry-level positions in merchandising. Last purpose of the internship program is to develop the students’ abilities to measure and direct attainments of specified performance goals.

The internship program itself has several evaluative expectations such as the success of the interns in achieving the learning objectives and scopes of work, the students’ development of key competent and skills, unforeseen accomplishments of the interns, the students’ personal and professional developments as well as the students’ development for the future use regarding the resources and the contacts.

Besides the points mentioned above, the internship program also enhances the essential criteria of the interns like the quality of work performance, working relationship with others, oral and written communication skills, maturity, leadership characteristics, initiative, motivation, willingness to accept responsibilities and the interns’ overall performance.

Wise Heart

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Monday, October 13, 2003

Dear Silence,

It sounds unbelievable but I do, I love you, at the first sight. I didn’t expect this feelings, it came to me suddenly on the day you talked to me in silence and reflection. I can do nothing but only keep this flame burning. It makes me blind. I sacrifice everything for you, just for you, without knowing what I’ve been doing. No matter the highest mountain, the deepest sea, the longest distance I‘ll take to bring me closer to you, to the depth of your heart. With you, I feel like I could conquer the world today, everything becomes easy for me to reach. You gave me everything; new life, true love, great strength, and many more that brought me to the balance of happiness. More importantly, your meaningful words are music to my ears. They light my way through the darkness and feed me when I am hungry and thirsty from your tenderness, love and care. They create me to become a mature person, who finally realize that love isn’t about to have but love is about to give.

When you told me that you would leave me for a day, I felt I would lose you forever. I know it was exaggerating but my feeling was true, it didn’t lie to me. I was lost in a lonely place. I need you, my guiding star. If you had known what I felt that day, I might’ve got your love. If you had realized that you’ve stolen my single second, minute and hour to think of you, I would have got a place in your heart too. This untold feeling hurts me everyday and brings me to the strangest place of misery. If you knew how much you mean to me, would you love me? Please, don’t keep silent, tell me something! I’ll accept whatever you say with grand wisdom and peaceful smile. This I promise you, the saint from the Garden of Eden. I’ll still love you in worst and best. I love you just the way you are with your weak and strong sides.

I undoubtedly miss those lovely and affectionate days. Now it becomes impossible to dream of. Everything I’ve got leaves me alone in my solitary lives. In this life I can’t have you but all I can do is hope and pray to God so that we can meet again in heaven and live happily ever after. Now, I’m ready to release you to fly away to the highest firmament. I thank God I have ever had you in my heart and I thank you for my life. May God bless your every single step you make.

You beginning and end will always be with me.

Today’s Hope

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October 8, 2003

Hi, I really have no idea what to write, but I will tell you about my hope today. First second of today I was still awake in my lovely colorful dormitory. I chatted with my friend, in the third floor. Actually we discussed our accounting assignment but no longer clear. Then we shared our life experiences, it was truly informative and we could learn from each other knowledge. He told me about the ghost in our dormitory but I did not really believe that even though it was spooky enough. I told you, I’m not superstitious. I do believe that ghost exists, but it’s none of my business. After all, we stopped the dialogue. I was so tired and, of course, so sleepy.

I stepped back to my room in the fourth floor. During the way back, I was thinking of the ghost. What would have happened if suddenly the ghost had showed itself? But no, I put that silly imagination away from my mind. “I want to sleep peacefully tonight!!” I persuaded myself.

After entered my room, I felt at home again and then I laid down my body in my comfortable bed. I turned the light off. I saw my stars glowing in the dark, it was amazing. Before closing my eyes, I still had to do two things. First, I had to sms you, my friend! And say good night and wish you have intuitive dreams. But why you didn’t reply it? Okay, you must be asleep already, right? I didn’t want to disturb your dream world. Second, I had to pray to God, to wish a hope for today. I talked to God, “God, please love, bless and protect my treasure and I hope today will be a beautiful and happy day.” After speaking with God, I went to my invisible land. I did sleep well even it was totally cold because of the rain.

At the moment I feel definitely happy because I saw your smiles, laughter and warmth in the library. Thank you for the beautiful time you gave to me ya! I wish you all the best and have a blessed Wednesday…