Hi All, please kindly see my essay below and give me some feedbacks! :) Thank you in advance and good luck for us!Chevening is looking for individuals with strong professional relationship building skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Please explain how you build and maintain relationships in a professional capacity, using clear examples of how you currently do this, and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.
the key to stay in touch
Networking could not be all to business and formal interaction. During my university and professional career days, I realized that make connection with people around you is the key to stay in touch with them.
Back to my university days, I joined a youth development organization that offers exchange programs to university students. During my time in this organization, I was involved in two projects where I was an exchange student, and the exchange committee in the other project. On both projects I had a chance to meet and be friend with people from another country: Chinese, Dutch, Brazilian, Thai, India, Russia, Sri Lankans and many more. We build strong connection during the project due to the shared time and passion. We have been in touch ever since, mostly through our social media.
When I was working on my first company, a property developer company, I noticed that one of my colleague was acquainted with a man that worked for the company that I have been aimed since graduation. She introduced me with him quickly, and I was able to landed an interview the next week. Two weeks from the interview, I got the job.
I am also in a good relation with the alumnus of architecture major in my university. I used social media to be in touch with them. One day, the project that I was involved needed a quick help to draft some drawings for construction purpose. Me and my other colleague could not be done it due to the lack of software we had on our computers. I knew that this drafting job could easily be done by a fresh graduate. I quickly gave a shout on the social media to my junior who was a fresh graduate if she could help. She gladly offered the help and the issue was resolved in no time.
My good relation with the alumnus was also the reason I could join an organization that was focused on the improvement of public places in Jakarta. The organization was started by four of my senior in college. I was intrigued by the unique approach they made and contacted on of them to discuss more about the organization vision and project. I joined the organization afterwards, and I get to know more people with different backgrounds from it.
Networking abilities should not be all stiff and full with 'keep-it-personal' attitude. To actually connect with someone through shared experience or passion is very important and can resulting to a better and lasting relationship. I would like to be engaged, to discuss and share my passion in the new and privileged platform that is Chevening.