Jakarta, August 27, 2022 – Indonesia becomes the next lucrative market globally thanks to the rapid growth of its native businesses, especially with now two decacorns and nine unicorns in the country. However, despite this promising outlook and the rising demand for talent, there is still an existing skills gap that impacts graduates.
This gap is evident as, in 2020, only 25% of higher education graduates have a job that matches their expertise, along with a 22.2% share of youth not in employment, education, and training. Moreover, as surveyed by the World Economic Forum’s Executive Opinion Survey (EOS) , employment and livelihood crises stood at the third rank of the top five risks identified in Indonesia after debt crises and human-made environmental damage.
According to a study conducted by Oxford Policy Management for UNICEF, a gap exists between the skills taught in colleges and those required in the workplace, which leads to a risk of unemployment for youths. The study further highlights the importance of capacity building and career counselling targeting youths: first, to hone their entrepreneurship skills, and second, to open up access to information on possible career pathways enabling them to make informed choices about their future.
To tackle this burgeoning gap, Ikatan Alumni FEB Manajemen Universitas Trisakti initiated strategic partnerships with Monroe Consulting Group, an international award-winning executive search company, and with Wiranesia, a leading MSME think tank organization, ecosystem, and platform in Indonesia.
These MoUs were signed by Chairman of Ikatan Alumni FEB Manajemen Universitas Trisakti Benyamin Prayogo, Managing Director of Monroe Consulting Group in Indonesia Tina Nugraheni, Founder of Wiranesia Foundation Faransyah Agung Jaya, witnessed by Deputy Chairman of Ikatan Alumni FEB Manajemen Universitas Trisakti and Managing Director of Warner Music Indonesia Triari Senawirawan.
These partnerships cover two key focus areas. First, to conduct a series of in-depth counselling targeting final-year students and aspiring entrepreneurs. Second, to identify and develop a talent pool from these counselling sessions.
Tina Nugraheni, Managing Director of Monroe Consulting Group in Indonesia, said, “We strongly welcomed this initiative as we share the same goal towards addressing the graduate skills gap in Indonesia. We believe this partnership will help provide useful insights for final-year students ready to enter the world of professionals. And, of course, a talent pool, especially with business management expertise considered one of the essential skills that will set these candidates apart.”
Faransyah Agung Jaya, Founder of Wiranesia Foundation, said, “We appreciate this initiative which aims to identify talented aspiring entrepreneurs right from their first years of college. These counselling sessions will help hone their entrepreneurship skills, especially to understand the opportunities and risks involved, and the skills they need to start and succeed as an entrepreneur.”
“This partnership with Monroe Consulting and Wiranesia is just a start. As an alumnus association, we believe we share the responsibility beyond just providing a network of professionals but also being involved in fostering future-ready graduates and entrepreneurs. Later on, we might as well expand these partnerships, for example, to connect entrepreneurs with alumni interested in becoming their investors,” said Triari Senawirawan, Deputy Chairman of Ikatan Alumni FEB Manajemen Universitas Trisakti and Managing Director of Warner Music Indonesia.
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Assistant Division Head
Monroe Consulting Group Indonesia
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Deputy Chairman of Ikatan Alumni FEB Manajemen Universitas Trisakti
Phone: +62 812 9202 020 Phone: +62 812 1864 4731