Hello. this is my essay for Chevening (Networking section). Your insights are very much appreciated.
meeting the Director-General
As a lawyer, I practice networking on a daily basis. I am always meeting, discussing and sharing information with people; whether it is the government officers, clients, fellow lawyers or other legal profession.
In August 2018, my firm had a client that intended to import a telecommunication device from Japan to Indonesia. The client requested my firm to confirm whether they can be exempted from certain obligation in importing their device.
The Director-General is in charge in granting exemptions. However, meeting the Director-General is can be quite challenging. Not everyone has the privilege to meet him, yet I needed his direct decision to get my job done.
I knew I had to be creative, so I reached out to the group of friends whom mostly worked on the government office that I met during a law seminar I participated in January 2018. I initiated a social media group consisted of the participants in which we would exchange information, discuss and regularly catch up with each other. I asked the group whether anyone has any connection to the Director-General and one participant who worked at the office Ministry of Communication and Informatics responded.
He managed to get me an appointment to have a discussion with his senior, an officer in the Ministry of Communications and Informatics in the specific division regarding telecommunication devices. The officer my friend referred to me was not in the position to arrange a meeting or to assist me in contacting the Director-General. However, I asked the officer to arrange me a meeting with his supervisor, the Section Head for Radio Communication Infrastructure, which he agreed.
Upon meeting with the Section Head for Radio Communication Infrastructure, I was able to convey a letter which explains the inquiry of my client and request a discussion with the Director-General, which the Section Head will convey to the officers working directly under the Director-General. Days later, my firm received a letter from the Director-General in which he answered my client's inquiries.
Although the Director-General was not available for a meeting, I was able to get in touch with him and fulfill my client's request by reaching out to a network that I have built and managed to maintain during my professional career.
If Chevening elects me as an awardee, I will use the privilege and opportunity given to me to broaden my network with more people from various backgrounds. I will dedicate my time and expertise while continuously learning and sharing my knowledge to even more people, which will be of help for me to achieve my career plan, which I hope will be of assistance whether in Indonesia, the United Kingdom or any part of the world.