‘Good’ Questions, ‘-Bad- [The Other Type]’ Questions

I just received some results of my first term exams. I personally have more confidence in doing case study / discussing an issue and making / delivering presentation in front of examiners; rather than writing an academic essay. Thus, I know how to set my expectations when I submitted my papers and received the results….

Make the Dots, Connect Later …

Today is the first day of the second term for MSc Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations program in Manchester Business School (@lifeatambs), sponsored by the Government of the UK through Chevening (@Cheveningfco) Awards program. I was so excited in joining the International HRM course in the morning and Employment Policy and Practice course in…

To be Happier at Work: Craft Your Job, as this Son of Desert does

The Harvard Business Review released an article entitled ‘To Find Meaning in Your Work, Change How You Think about it’ to end the year of 2017. Written by John Coleman, the article suggests some steps on finding work meaning. Those steps are to connect work to service, to craft your work – make work a…

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…

An Old Q: Is Any Job Better than No Job?

‘Normal’ discussion topics among last-year undergraduate or graduate students would be ‘have you applied to jobs?’ and/or ‘have you been accepted for a job?’. I assume that those who got a job before finishing their study would be having certain higher level of pride than those who still look for, or even don’t have any…

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…

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?’…

Giliranmu Pakai Hastag #MyCheveningJourney: Daftar Sekarang!

Beberapa waktu terakhir rekan-rekan mengirim WA, FB message, DM Instagram, dan Linkedin untuk tanya-tanya soal proses beasiswa Chevening. Beasiswa Chevening ini sponsori aku untuk kuliah S2 di Manchester Business School – The University of Manchester ambil jurusan MSc Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations tahun 2017/2018. Selain prestigious, beasiswa Chevening ini menawarkan banyak aktivitas selama…

Sowan ke Rumah Mbak Alissa: Mumpung Masih Muda, Benerin Polanya

Minggu lalu aku sempat pulang ke rumah di Temanggung. Di hari pertama aku di kampung halaman, tetiba terpikir untuk sowan ke rumah Mbak Alissa Wahid, putri dari Gus Dur, Presiden Republik Indonesia ke-4. Akhirnya aku coba kirim WhatsApp dan bertanya apakah beliau sedang berada di rumahnya yang di Jogja. Voila! WhatsAppku dibalas dan kita janjian…