Time is Ticking

I arrived at a restaurant where my friend and I agreed to meet for an end of year dinner. We did not book our seats at the restaurant, yet knowing that the restaurant allows customer to spend only 90 minutes for a buffet menu and 120 minutes for another buffet menu. I arrived at around 15 minutes earlier than my friend and met the restaurant manager. He offered me a table for the 90 minutes’ buffet menu, but I said that I needed to wait for my friend. In less than 10 minutes, the manager came to me 4 times and asked if I was ready or not, with a convincing sentence on the last as he said, ‘time is ticking’.

This kind of restaurant relays on the time power, which few minutes does matter for them. Yet that sentence from the restaurant manager stuck on my head until now, reminding me that in this very limited time of life, we can do many things. However, we need to consider that just because we can do things, doesn’t mean we should do those things.

It is interesting to observe how people use their time, as meaningful as they believe. It is indeed will be varied from one to another as different people have different perspective in seeing time and seeing their meanings of life. Yet, the way they construct those perspective and meaning would be good to listen to.

Time is ticking: Where do you want to go? What will you do?

I was just spent a week traveling to Morocco and met an old friend of mine in the desert trip. She quitted her job to live her dreams by working abroad and travelling all around the world for almost 2 years now. We talked about how each of us make use our time and found so many differences between us. As she currently has more flexibility than me, the way she organizes things are not in as tight as me. Yet, I met some people from some open trips in Morocco that I joined, who brought their laptops and worked while they were traveling. After talking to some people during my trip here, I realized that how people define their life goals and its values strongly influence the way they manage their time.

Some people said that they want to do good things for society and start for volunteering, some others want to achieve such a high career path and stay up late in the office, some others would believe on saving money and prefer to stay at home, while some others go everywhere but don’t really know what to do with their life. Such definitions would help people to prioritize activities and manage their time to achieve things, in every condition. Thus, those who want to excel in their job but also need to travel might still do their work on the roads. Those who want to do good things for society while traveling would stay in a location longer and be involved with local initiatives. Some people do more than 1 thing in their very limited time.

Those who travel know that life could give more than they deserve, as they meet various people and experience various things in the roads. While traveling, people can get inspired or even feel bad about their own life. These kind of feeling might redefine their life goals and values. As time is keep ticking, we might consider to look back our life goals and values and how we manage our time to make use of it so far. And before we judge how others manage their time, it’s always better to contemplate ourselves. We always can improve our life; we always can be better than who we are today.

Follow @yosea_kurnianto for more photos of my journey in Morocco!

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Why You Should Join the 21st Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Summer University? Registration is Now Open!

An exciting news, everyone! The registration for the 21st Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Summer University is now open! Well, you might ask: what is it, for who, when and where, and why should I join? LOL. Okay, here we go:

What

Nah, basically the ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and ‘interdisciplinary innovation’ for Asian and European students and young professionals. It is designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth. It also offers opportunities for students and young professionals to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges. You will be traveling, learning, and, at the same time, finishing some cases/challenges given to your group.

For Who?

This program is for students, entrepreneurs, academics and professionals; all between the ages of 18 and 30 years old from any of the 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries. You must have strong skills of English both verbal and written. Don’t worry, this program is designed to also accommodate those with disabilities!

When and Where?

This 21st ASEF Summer University will be held in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand). The event will be executed at 27 January – 10 February 2018. How exciting it is to explore Australia and New Zealand with fellow young bright-minds and positive energy!

How Much?

There is no registration or participation fee: the organizer will cover accommodation and meals for the duration of the program, plus a travel subsidy from your country of residence to the starting point and back.I might say it’s free, unless if you want to buy meals/things outside the program – you will have to use your own money for that.

Why Should You join?

Alright, on this point, I might use my personal experience to convince you that this program is super cool and a lifetime experience! I was a participant of the 20th ASEF Summer University, taking place in China, Russia, and Mongolia last year. The participants were 47 young people from 45 Asia and Europe countries: almost each country was represented by 1 person, except Belgium and United Kingdom with 2 reps. Anyway, we spent 21 days (and more, for those who extend for several days) and travelled together for +8000KM in those 3 countries. Our theme was “Gateways of Asia and Europe: Connectivity by Land, Sea & Air”, in which the word ‘connectivity’ is seen from 3 lenses: Human Connectivity, Trade and Economic Cooperation, and Transport. As a young professional in Human Resources Management, I was included in the ‘Human Connectivity’ lenses.

Our group facilitated a learning session inside the train! (Pict: ASEFEDU Facebook Page)

We moved from Beijing (China), Harbin (China), Vladivostok (Russian Federation), Chita (Russian Federation), Irkutsk (Russian Federation) and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) – then back to Beijing (China) again. In each city, we were hosted by a University and Youth Organization where we did our seminars, workshops, and other fun activities. Not to mention that some of learning activities also happened during our journey inside the train, especially on the Trans Siberia train in Russia. Aside from the professors and experts from the universities and countries we visited; all participants were divided into some groups based on their expertise and interest, and each had to host/facilitate a workshop/seminar based on the topic related to their respective expertise.

 

Welcomed by a dance and cultural dish in Chita, Russia Federation

It’s a balance between learning, doing some projects (solving challenges), as well as traveling and enjoying the cities we visited. There were so kind student-volunteers from the universities and youth organization who whole-heartedly hosted and acted as tour guide for us to understand more about the cities. Those universities were Beijing Jiaotong University (Beijing), Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin), Vladivostok State University Economics and Service (Vladivostok), Trans Baikal University (Chita), and Mongolia Youth Federation (Mongolia).

After the event finished, we made a WhatsApp group; and surprisingly is still very active until now. So many ‘mini reunions’ happened and might happen more. As for example this 2017 new year, I visited Bangkok and Phnom Penh and met ASEFSU alumni there; and now I am studying in UK and already met 3 other program alumni. Let see if I travel to Europe during my academic break next year, will certainly arrange some meetings with other program alumni!

Well, these are some benefits that you will get if you join this program: learning experiences from various topics, expertise, and backgrounds; having new (nice, crazy, bright-minded) friends from various countries across Asia-Europe; traveling to places you might never imagine before; understanding the culture (and various factors/dimension behind it); etc – will somehow change the way you see people and the world. And of course, how you will learn from things happen around you will very much depend on whether you’re able to reflect or to contemplate to grasp something from those.

This year’s theme is “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies”. I am pretty sure that the program will be fulfilled by thought-provoking lectures with group research and experiential learning. It’s also listed that the ASEFSU21 will cover 8 thematic areas: Mobility, Rights Protection and Legislation, Economic Security and Employment, Inclusive Education, Health and Well-Being, Participation in Society, Access to Information, also Attitudes and Perceptions. Sounds like students and young professionals from various backgrounds can be related to those areas of interest!

So, is it you who will represent your country to join the 21st Asia Europe Foundation Summer University? Register HERE before December 10th! If you want to see more of last year’s photos, click HERE!

@yosea_kurnianto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not A Believer on Work-Life Balance, What About Student-Life Balance?

I remember on the first week of my study, the program director showed some list of HR issues and asked the students which issues might be the most ‘interesting’ to discuss in these days. A student answered that ‘aligning HR and business strategy’ is currently a ‘hot topic’. Well, that’s somehow true – yet, I was actually expecting that ‘HR Technologies’, ‘People Analytics’, or ‘The Diminish of HR’ would be on the list. Other students, I guess plenty numbers of them, said that ‘work-life balance’ would be interesting to be discussed.

I personally am not a believer of work-life balance, in the sense that it should be 50-50. I mean, I try to see that working is part of my life journey. So, what I need to do is actually trying to harmonize or to create such orchestra of all things that happen in my life, including work. I was fortunate enough to have really good experiences in my previous jobs about this respective topic. The flexibility that I had, the egalitarian leaders and friends who feels like family, and the meaningfulness of the job that I did, help me to avoid to say ‘No’- when it comes to working overtime or over the weekend for several times. But again, it’s indeed a personal view, it might change based on some conditions. For instance, some of you who made a commitment to marry and/or already have children, might define this ‘balance’ differently. It’s indeed about your personal choice, some ‘given’ conditions, as well as maybe a bit of mindset.

Anyway, that’s not the main topic I want to share from this piece. Hahaha.

So, recently I met a friend in my university. She looked really tired. With her sleepy eyes and very low energy, she said to me: ‘Oh, I am so tired of studying. I want to go home and sleep’. Yet she didn’t go home and remain the campus. LOL.

Surprisingly, I heard that this friend was actually come to the university from 8am to 5pm every day – in the reading week! Such a learning dedication, in contrast with me or some other friends who traveled or did the reading elsewhere outside the university during that week.

I was intrigued by her statement that she was really tired of studying, not because of my impression to her learning dedication (sorry about that, LOL). But, the fact that she was doing a writing (an assignment) about ‘Work Life Balance’ while saying that. Oh, what a lovely irony! Yet, thanks to her. I was then contemplating whether I am doing good enough or not in harmonizing my student-life ‘adventure’. I truly respect her dedication to learn things, but I might not be able to be like her in studying.

I believe we all have our own way of studying/learning. Some of us enjoy to sit in the library to read books, some others prefer to watch videos to understand better, and some people might also listen to audiobooks while doing morning or evening jog. In another perspective, each of us do also have different way to ‘enjoy the life’ – might be cooking, travelling, hanging out with friends in a bar / café, or having a ‘me’ time. Understanding the best way on how we study and how we enjoy our life, and harmonizing both of them to make the most of our journey will be so important. Otherwise, we will keep grumbling about what happen to us.

We might be familiar already with terms of mindfulness, consciousness, and self-control. I don’t want to talk about their definitions, but making sure we are able to apply those concepts in our daily life will be useful. We are surrounded by time limitation, constant changing of contexts, the variety of emotions, as well as the demand and supply of interactions. Being aware of all of those dynamics will help us harmonizing the life that we have in some respective contexts we are in: it can be both work-life or student-life.

Harmonizing and Celebrating Life!

Again, my ‘balance’ definition on work-life balance or student-life balance is not 50-50. It’s about becoming fully aware that we will not live forever in this world, then we need to make the best harmony or orchestra of life – based on your goal, based on your call.

@yosea_kurnianto

 

Coming Back to University, after Several Years of Working

It’s a reading week (self-driven learning activities) in my university. Marking a half of the first semester from my 2 semesters master degree here in the UK. As you may follow my journey, I am currently studying MSc Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in the Manchester Business School. ‘How’s your life in the university?’ – somebody asked me.

I recalled my conversation with somebody who sat beside me during the orientation week. Let’s call him Mike. Mike has been working +8 years before coming back to study again and reached a good position as a head of HR division in a well-known company in his country. We had a small talk while our program director explained to us about what would happen during the year of study. Seeing the reading list and the academic assignments that we have to do, Mike said to me, ‘I start to question my-self on why I decided to pursue master degree in a formal education again’. I thought, I couldn’t answer as what he might expect me to answer.

Another day in the same week, I met another friend, let’s call her Ann, who also said the same thing to me. Ann has also been working for +10 years as a head of IT infrastructure division in a multinational bank based in her country. ‘You know Yos, my friends previously asked me: are you sure you want to study again? – and I was thinking that I would be alright. Now I am questioning myself.’ Not much words I could say to Ann, except helped her to realize that a decision has been made – and the only option now is to finish what she’s started.

Coming Back to University!

I can relate to both Mike and Ann, although I never regret my decision to study again (at least until now, LOL). I know that my working experience is less than them, I have only 4 years of working experience, but in these 5 weeks of studying I got some challenges I need to handle, in regards to coming back to study after several years of working. Here are some of my challenges in the beginning of my journey here:

  1. UK Weather Strengthens the Relationship between Me and my Bed

I arrived in the UK when autumn is in action – with its gloomy, cloudy, windy, rainy, and cold. It was a moment when wake up in the morning and get off from the bed became the hardest thing to do in life. I had to really push myself to take a bath and to do activities. LOL. Sounds ridiculous? Yeah, it was that ridiculous.

  1. What? Reading list? Academic writing?

In the orientation week, our program director invited almost all lecturers to introduce each courses that we will learn. As usual, listening to the course descriptions was far easier and enjoyable than experiencing what has been described. Pages of reading list and bunches of academic writings (essay) become your (no-other-option) menu for the days. Those +XY years working experiences who worked in corporations with no requirement to write academic writing to gain total rewards & benefits or highest rank of performance appraisal, would be sick because of this.

Not to mention that you need to fully control yourself, as in most of the time you will need to apply what so called self-driven learning. ‘I missed undergrad, everything is organized. I am tired to push myself to do self-study’ – said my British classmate who did her undergraduate in London.

  1. Sorry, we are in an Academic – Situation Talk

In the first seminar, I asked a ‘too technical’ question to the presented group. The members of the group, who I knew after – are all fresh from undergraduate, hardly understand the context of my question. At the end of the session, the lecturer explained to all of us that in MSc program, we basically discuss 2 things: how to do and how to analyze (how to think (e.g why things happen)). Yet the course is basically will be run with ‘how to analyze’, which means that from that moment I had to change the type of questions I need to ask in the course. LOL.

Having an ‘academic mind’, after several years of working, might not that easy. Every time I attended a lecturer, I always drew the topics into their ‘practicality’. Even sometimes challenged the theories with the reality. However, I slowly learn to balance it with the academic – situation thinking.

Classroom Sitting

  1. Embracing diversity: ‘know the limit’

The context of diversity here is, again, about working experiences that (most probably) differ the degree of contextual understanding: some students continue their journey directly from undergraduate degree, some of them have been working for months or years. And even those who have been working, might have different understanding (and belief) about things related to the topics being discussed.

I once had a group discussion to prepare a presentation. Being interested in a case in a country where my friend is coming from (since I think the information would help me to design an HR policy in the future), I started to probe more questions about it. Surprisingly, my friend answered: ‘I don’t think we need to discuss it since it’s not in the questions list that we need to answer.’ LOL. Okay, I have to know the limit – since the context of discussion between my friend and I were different in this case.

Well, I realize that nobody could help but myself. I am trying my best to adapt and to develop myself to fit in the academic situation, step by step. I talked to my academic advisor and to some lecturers, I asked them to help me in my learning journey. Several months to go, will see how I can survive here! LOL.

@yosea_kurnianto

Sejenak Menilik Masa Lalu: Ada yang Rapuh, Ada yang Tangguh

‘Never let your past defines your future’ – sepotong nasihat yang kuterima ketika lunch meeting bersama seorang teman yang baru saja promosi jadi manager di sebuah consultancy firm. Potongan nasihat itu mengena. Dan beberapa waktu belakangan, beberapa orang di sekitarku cukup punya concern soal masa lalu mereka – juga bagaimana mereka berusaha terus melangkah maju. Ada yang rapuh, ada yang tangguh.

Sebut saja A. Dalam sebuah ruang kerja menyampaikan kekhawatirannya karena dia merasa apa yang dia lakukan selama ini untuk sebuah tujuan, akan sia-sia karena beberapa alasan masa lalu. Sorry, aku tidak bisa cerita detil apa yang dia hadapi. Tapi menurutku pribadi – alasan kekhawatirannya cukup semu. Ini cuma ada dalam pikirannya, yang kemudian justru mengganggu proses dia melangkah ke depan. Sesaat A cerita, rekan lain tiba-tiba menimpali ‘I don’t have a space for my past. We simply need to learn from that, and nothing else.’ Cukup seru hari itu.

Beberapa hari kemudian, A menyampaikan kekhawatiran yang sama.

Pada kesempatan lain, aku bertemu B. Seolah menonton drama, aku cukup merinding mendengar cerita tentang apa yang harus dihadapi oleh B di masa lalunya. B dalam kondisi yang cukup berada, tapi harus ambil beberapa keputusan dan lalui semuanya. Di akhir cerita, B mengucap ‘aku harus terus melangkah, aku sudah mengampuni orang-orang itu’.

B kemudian tidak pernah membahas kesakitannya di masa lalu dengan sedih hati di depanku.

Setelah A dan B. Aku juga bertemu M yang mengirim WA dan mendiskusikan soal ‘penyesalan’ akibat keputusan di masa lalu. Bersamaan dengan pertanyaan dari M – ada email yang masuk dari seseorang yang memintaku menulis tips soal ‘making a right decision’ (agar tidak menyesal). Well, tampaknya berlanjut dan membuat semacam rantai yang justru menjadi penguatan buat diriku sendiri.

Never let your past defines your future. (pict source: personal collection)

Sepemahamanku, hidup adalah rangkaian dari keputusan. Dalam setiap keputusan yang kita ambil, resiko mungkin bisa kita minimalisir – tetapi konsekuensi harus kita hadapi. Oleh sebab itu, penting saat membuat keputusan untuk kita tahu konsekuensi apa yang harus kita hadapi selanjutnya, bagaimana kesiapan kita untuk hadapi, dan berapa muatan (bobot/’harga’) masing-masing konsekuensi dan kita dapat lakukan ‘trade-off’ dengan bijak. Pada akhirnya, tentu keputusan yang benar dan salah bersifat sangat subjektif dan kontekstual. Semacam bagiku keputusanku, bagimu keputusanmu. Konflik-konflik yang terjadi di sekitar keputusan itu harus juga disikapi dengan baik – yang membutuhkan proses pengambian keputusan lainnya.

Kembali ke A dan B. Semuanya punya masa lalu yang menurut mereka (menurutku juga) cukup kurang nyaman. Perbedaannya adalah pada pola pikir dan sikap hati. Memang itu juga dipengaruhi karakter bawaan lahir – tapi aku rasa penguasaan diri untuk berpikir dan mengambil sikap hati bisa kita latih terus menerus.

Banyak orang yang karena masa lalunya makin rapuh dan terpuruk di masa depan. Banyak juga yang justru karena masa lalunya menjadi semakin tangguh dan jadi pribadi yang menginspirasi banyak orang. Lagi-lagi, kondisi orang per orang sangat subjektif dan kontekstual. Kondisi yang dihadapi A bisa dibilang B kurang nyaman, padahal A merasa biasa saja atau malah berbahagia – dan sebaliknya. Masing-masing kita perlu dengan sadar memahami bagaimana kita menjalani setiap hal yang terjadi saat ini.

Soal penyesalan, aku pribadi percaya bahwa tidak ada satu pun keputusan yang kita ambil dan jalani di luar kendali Sang Sutradara. Penyesalan adalah state of mind dan respon hati pada kondisi saat ini dengan menyalahkan masa lalu. Buat orang-orang yang mampu menguasai diri dan memainkan perspektif bahwa segala sesuatu terjadi untuk membawa kita kepada kebaikan berdasarkan rancangan Sang Sutradara, maka penyesalan hanya bumbu hidup sekejap (karena mungkin dalam beberapa waktu kita merasa kehilangan momen dan hidup kita butuh waktu untuk membuat pola hidup baru) – yang tidak berlarut.

At the end of the day – masa lalu harus terjadi karena kita perlu bergerak untuk masa ini dan masa depan. Apa yang terjadi pada masa lalu acap kali tidak sesuai dengan harapan kita. Tapi bukan berarti itu harus menurunkan semangat positif kita untuk hari depan. Apa yang terjadi terjadilah. Tapi pikiran dan sikap hati: semuanya ada dalam pikiran kita  – semuanya dalam kendali kita.

#catatansingkat – @yosea_kurnianto

Catatan Singkat: Mengapa Ada yang Humble, Ada yang Tidak?

Sepulang kerja, aku duduk dan ngopi sejenak bersama seorang rekan di lounge kantor. Sesaat dalam obrolan, aku kemudian mengajukan pertanyaan padanya, ‘Mengapa ada orang yang tampaknya luar biasa, tapi humble-nya minta ampun. Tapi ada beberapa orang lainnya yang biasa saja, tapi berusaha menampilkan diri setinggi-tingginya?’

Rasanya pertanyaanku cukup tepat sasaran. Rekan yang duduk di depanku adalah anak dari seorang presiden direktur perusahaan besar, yang menampilkan diri dengan sederhana dan tiap harinya pulang ke rumah di BSD naik kereta. Sering kita makan di warung-warung kecil dengan sayur dan lauk seadanya di sana. Apakah kemudian pertanyaanku berlebihan dan terlalu menyinggung? Rasanya tidak juga. Tapi entah kenapa, rekanku ini minta waktu sejenak sebelum bisa menjawabnya.

Aneh. Tampaknya dia tidak merasa dirinya berusaha untuk humble, tapi memang begitulah pembawaannya. Seperti juga banyak top leaders yang aku temui dan tanya, kebanyakan dari mereka merasa ‘hidup memang harusnya seperti ini’.

Tentu tulisan ini bukan mencari penjelasan dari buku teks atau teori lainnya. Hanya sekedar perenungan dan mendengar apa kata orang di sekelilingku. Beberapa bilang, jadi humble bisa jadi karena pola asuh dan teladan dari orang tua. Yang lain sampaikan bahwa ini karena pengalaman dan perjalanan hidup orang tersebut. Sebagian lain bilang bahwa ini soal penguasaan diri yang dipengaruhi mindset atau pola pikir orang-orang.

Kembali ke obrolan sore tadi, rekanku bilang ‘orang mungkin sesaat terkesan dengan apa yang mampu kamu beli dan tunjukkan ke orang, tapi mereka terinspirasi lebih mendalam saat melihat bagaimana kita menjalani kehidupan dengan kerendahaan hati dan integritas’. Lanjutnya, ‘yang mendefinisikan kualitas seseorang bukan apa yang dia punya; tapi karakter dan ‘personality’ nya – bagaimana dia mensyukuri dan mengelola apa yang dia punya’.

Aku sempat lontarkan pertanyaan yang sama untuk rekanku tadi lewat insta-story (@yosea_kurnianto). Beberapa response dari teman-temanku cukup menarik. Salah satu yang akhirnya menjadi pemikiran adalah: makin berisi, padi makin merunduk.

Kalau dalam ragam tanaman, rasanya tidak semua tanaman adalah jenis padi. Karena dibutuhkan juga tanaman-tanaman lain untuk menjaga ekosistem di ala mini. Kalau dalam masyarakat, apakah juga semua orang harus menjadi ‘padi’ yang makin berisi makin merunduk? Ataukah mungkin memang perlu juga ‘jenis tanaman lainnya’?

makin berisi, makin merunduk
pict: forletnews(.)com

Alasan kenapa aku lontarkan pertanyaan itu adalah karena aku juga ingin terus belajar menjadi humble dari mereka yang menurutku humble. Meski memang aku ga punya apa-apa, seperti mereka. Tapi menurutku jadi orang humble sangat menarik dan tampaknya penuh damai sejahtera. Mereka tidak berlomba-lomba untuk menunjukkan diri dalam rangka bersombong belaka, tapi berusaha terus menjadi penghangat dalam dinginnya jiwa dan karakter orang-orang lainnya.

Nah, setiap kita punya pilihan apakah kita ingin menjadi padi yang makin berisi makin merunduk atau lainnya. Tentu kita tahu mana yang lebih baik buat diri dan kondisi kita.

Jadi, kenapa ada orang humble, dan sebagian lainnya berusaha meninggikan diri? Tidak ada jawaban yang jelas dalam tulisan ini. Tentu karena banyak faktor 🙂

Mungkin ada pendapat, mengapa?

@yosea_kurnianto

Melangkahkan Kaki: Terima Kasih Nutrifood!

Tahun 2009 aku mulai menjelajah Jakarta untuk berkuliah dengan beasiswa penuh dari Yayasan Putera Sampoerna. Misiku datang ke Jakarta secara singkat digambarkan dengan 2 hal: nilai akademikku harus baik dan potensi-potensiku harus berkembang. Alhasil, selain berkuliah, aku selalu berusaha untuk berpartisipasi dan terlibat ke banyak acara dan program di luar kampus juga untuk mengembangkan diri.

Awal tahun 2012 aku terpilih untuk ikut program mentoring kepemimpinan yang saat itu digarap oleh tim dari McKinsey & Company Indonesia. Programnya 6 bulan dengan 3 kali pertemuan masing-masing 2 hari 1 malam. Saat pertemuan terakhir; di sebuah kamar hotel bintang 5 kawasan Setiabudi, aku dapet roommate alumni Nutrifood Leadership Award (NLA) tahun 2011. Dia cerita-cerita soal Nutrifood dan program NLA-nya. Sepulang dari acara itu, aku coba mencari infonya dan kebetulan banget pas pendaftaran NLA 2012. Aku masukin data diri untuk mendaftar program Nutrifood Leadership Award 2012.

Tujuan utamaku kala itu untuk purely untuk belajar hal baru dan mengembangkan jaringan. Tapi bersyukur banget dapet kesempatan ikut seleksi demi seleksi dan akhirnya lolos sampai ke tahap final. Aneh tapi beneran kejadian: 1 malam sebelum grand final – aku merasa diriku ga layak ikutan program ini, masih merasa terlalu cupu. Akhirnya di sore hari aku mengirimkan SMS ke panitia kalau aku mengundurkan diri dan meminta maaf. Waktu itu hari Minggu; setelah kirim SMS, aku ikut ibadah malam di sebuah gereja. Saat ibadah, aku semacam dapat pesan yang intinya ‘kalau berjuang jangan setengah-setengah’. Ibadah selesai. Kaget saat tengok layar HP, ternyata panitia NLA mencoba telp beberapa kali. Aku mengirim SMS kembali dan konfirmasi bahwa besok pagi aku akan datang saat grand final. Balasannya ‘Welcome Back. Happy to have you.’

Entah mungkin salah nilai, tim Nutrifood kasih aku kesempatan jadi the 1st Winner NLA di tahun 2012. Aku dapat hadiah yang sangat lumayan, yang saat itu bisa buat bantu-bantu keluarga. Pula saat awarding, Nutrifood mengundang seorang pembicara yang saat dengerin sharingnya aku langsung bilang ‘This guy has to be my mentor. I need to learn more from him’ – dan semacam semesta mendukung, aku kembali dapat koneksi-koneksi yang berhubungan dengan Bapak CEO nyentrik ini; meminta dia jadi mentorku, dan voila!! – sampai sekarang aku masih sering berkesempatan ngobrol seru dengannya.

Well, aku lulus tahun 2013. Ga pernah berpikir untuk masuk Nutrifood, karena pemahamanku saat itu, Nutrifood ga butuh seorang Sarjana Pendidikan. Pengetahuanku soal dunia bisnis dan korporasi kala itu sangat cetek. Akhirnya aku masuk ke sebuah anak perusahaan dari sebuah raksasa, berkantor di area bundaran HI, untuk membantu mengembangkan Training and Development Department mereka.

Dua minggu setelah masuk kerja, Bapak CEO nyentrik yang jadi mentorku kirim pesan untuk aku datang ke sebuah dinner di bilangan Senayan – dan beliau bilang akan mengundang beberapa temannya. ((Dhuar))!!. Salah satu yang datang malam itu adalah CEO Nutrifood. Dengan sangat humble beliau tanya kabar dan ngobrol soal kerjaan. Intinya saat itu, beliau kurang setuju kalau aku mulai berkarir di tempat kerjaku saat itu – dan jauh lebih baik kalau mau bergabung dan belajar dengan Nutrifood. Naaah, anak muda mana yang ga meleleh kalau CEO sebuah perusahaan ternama membuka diri dan ajakin kamu jadi bagian dari perusahaannya? Malemnya aku ga bisa tidur!

OMG. Aku akhirnya selesaikan probation di perusahaan tempat kerja saat itu, dan mengundurkan diri saat dikasih surat penetapan karyawan. Tgl 2 Desember 2013 adalah hari pertama perjalananku belajar banyak di Nutrifood. Sampai akhirnya hari ini 22 Mei 2017 jadi hari terakhirku menikmati kesempatan yang keren banget di Nutrifood. Kira-kira 3,5 tahun.

Ga ada kata yang bisa gambarin betapa bersyukurnya aku bisa belajar banyak hal selama 3,5 tahun di Nutrifood. Mulai dari HR (termasuk rekrutmen, training & leadership development, employee relation, office management, etc.), Marketing (termasuk brand management, sponsorship & partnership, community development), dan Public Relations (press conference, media & stakeholders engagement, etc). Saking banyak macem yang aku pelajari ini, ada orang menyebut aku sebagai karyawan serabutan. Ah, tapi aku happy banget dengan keragaman belajar yang aku alami sejauh ini.

Anyway, aku sadar banget bahwa apa yang aku coba kontribusikan ke Nutrifood selama ini tidak lebih baik dan tidak sebanding dengan apa yang Nutrifood berikan ke aku. Bukan saja soal pengetahuan, tapi juga soal pendewasaan melalui kesempatan untuk mengambil keputusan-keputusan.

Nutrifood adalah tempat kerja yang sangat baik, tapi kali ini aku perlu memberanikan diri untuk menapakkan kaki di dunia luar dengan banyak warna yang berbeda. Beberapa kali memang ada tawaran dari perusahaan lain untuk gabung di tim mereka; tapi selama ini aku timbang dengan hati-hati dan kemudian menolak, karena Nutrifood organisasi yang cukup ideal untuk kita belajar dan berkontribusi secara nyata. Hanya saja kali ini, karena jenis pekerjaan dan proses kerjanya cukup berbeda, aku memberanikan diri untuk mencoba.

Mulai 2 Juni nanti aku akan belajar dan coba kontribusi melalui sebuah organisasi yang berkantor di kawasan Kuningan, PT PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Consulting Indonesia. Ini merupakan bagian dari PwC global network yang bergerak di area consulting, di mana aku akan mulai belajar menjadi People & Organization Consultant. Aku sangat paham bahwa aku harus segera lari kencang untuk memahami seluk-beluk bisnis dan requirement mereka hingga tingkat global. Semoga aku bisa terus belajar dan berkontribusi nyata dimanapun aku ditempatkan nanti.

Baiklah, pembelajaran dan pengalaman di Nutrifood akan terus aku bawa dan ceritakan ke banyak orang: bahwa di Indonesia ada perusahaan yang tidak cuma kejar profit, tapi memanusiakan manusia yang ada di dalamnya, dan menempatkan diri menjadi bagian dari masyarakat dengan peran aktif untuk menginspirasi hidup sehat. Terima kasih banyak, Nutrifood dan Nutrifooders semua!

@yosea_kurnianto