Chevening is looking for individuals who have a clear post-study career plan. Please outline your immediate plans upon returning home and your longer-term career goals.
You may wish to consider how these relate to what the UK government is doing in your country.
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I focus on Air Transportation in Indonesia
Air Transportation in Indonesia is expected to continue growing rapidly. The annual passenger has increased almost 15% within 5 years, from 144 million in 2011 to 165 million in 2015. The country has nearly 250 civil airports across the country, but more than 60% of those passenger number is traveled only through 5 airports, all are operated by two state-owned company, Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II. Separated between the western and eastern part of Indonesia, they each operate 13 airports within the country.
Unless I am studying for a Master Degree, it is inevitable for me to be a Civil Airside Section Head in one of 13 airports that are operated by Angkasa Pura I by next year. Its responsibilities are making sure every airside facility in an airport are provided, comply with the regulations, and well maintained. With the ever-growing aircraft movements, the demand for additional airside facilities in operating airports has increased significantly. New taxiways, terminals, and apron expansions are constructed every year in the last 5 years. New runways are also already planned to be built in 3 of the major airports operated by Angkasa Pura I. Greenfield projects on building a new airport is also underway and highly expected in the future. It is only sensible that I need to expand my network among airports professional around the globe so I can acknowledge the companies that have great services within the industry, especially design/consultancy firms and training provider. The lack of human resources specializing in Airport has been a long serious problem in the country.
Since horizontal department transfer between facilities and airport planning is very common in the company, I look forward to be a senior manager in Airport Planning in the next 7 years. With a civil engineering background, experiences both in the field and in managerial position through several different-sized airports, and hopefully a Master degree in Airport Planning or Air Transport Management, I expect to develop a sustainable airport masterplan that will not only benefit the economy but also the environment and people's life quality.
In the long term, I have a strong interest in being the first woman General Manager of an Airport in Indonesia ever since I worked in Angkasa Pura I. Be an airport's General Manager do not only counts for leading the airport operator company, he/she is also responsible for a harmonious 'orchestra' of several entities that resides in the airport such as airlines, ground handlings, custom and immigration, air navigation, or even the army.
Having those possibilities wide open, I aspire highly to obtain the opportunity to study a Master Degree in Air Transport and develop strong networking with professionals in the airport industry as well as the Chevening community.