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Teacher Networks - Chevening essay

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Oct 31, 2016   #1
2. Chevening is looking for individuals with strong networking skills, who will engage with the Chevening community and influence and lead others in their chosen profession. Explain how you meet this requirement, using clear examples of your networking skills and outline how you hope to use these skills in the future.

People are connected to each other directly or indirectly via screens. Yet, the world that is worth experiencing is with other human beings in the real world. Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships. I like to hear people with different views of the world and get to know their side of the story. Hence, I was a new comer, when I was assigned as the person in charge of Professional Development Program focusing in upgrading computer literary among teachers at Junior High School 49. Having leadership thrust upon, I first recognized that the fellow teachers vary from 35 to 55 year-old and only few of them were motivated. That time, I learnt that the most influential person was the 48 year-old Vice Principal. Those teachers listened to the Principal and listened more to him. I know that people will never forget how you made them feel. So, I seek to deeply understand him and his perspective. As a starter, I asked him many things. I was sure there was something I could learn from his broad experience. I followed some of his words supplely. By time, I discovered the Vice Principal was at the first row attending the computer training program and since then, the sessions were fun, on fire and effective in which the fellow teachers' computer literary was upgraded by 40%.

Teachers' computer literary is important. In 2010, Junior High School 49 joined Thinkquest.org. The site facilitated both students and teachers to think, create, and collaborate globally in the online project-learning platform. In Thinkquest.org, the teachers were recognized as facilitators. The action encouraged other schools to join as well. As the follow up action, my fellow teachers in DKI Jakarta province established Thinkquest DKI Jakarta Facilitators Forum. It was an organization where teachers and/ or facilitators brainstormed, socialized, and prepared teachers to project learning among schools across DKI Jakarta and abroad. In this forum, I was appointed as secretary.

Numbering around 46,000 alumni worldwide, Chevening Community offers me huge opportunity to connect to world's leaders and influencers and to greater understand the interrelated fields between politics, business, the media, civil society, science and technology and contribute to social cohesion through intercultural dialogue, understanding and collaboration. This enriches the creative work I will write in the form of prose fiction/ novel and screen script. Moreover, these creative works are in need of sufficient connections to have an insight into the industry by professional editors, publishers, producers, and sponsors. According to the Creative Economy Report by the UN in 2013, "creativity and culture have a significant non-monetary value that contributes to inclusive social development, to dialogue and understanding between peoples." I believe in the moral importance of fiction and literature. Through novels and screen scripts, I would like to widely and deeply introduce the exotic cultures of Indonesia which vary greatly in different ethnic groups as for cultures belong to world society and simultaneously grow economy sectors in income generation, job creation, and export earnings.
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Oct 31, 2016   #2
Rani, post this essay as a new thread. The forum rules indicate that you need to present only one essay per discussion thread. I hope that the admin will not delete this new essay before you can read my advice. However, if they delete it, just start a new thread with the new essay for review.

Your networking essay is not at all the kind of networking essay that Chevening expects to receive from the applicants. This sounds more like a mentoring essay rather than a networking essay. This is my observation based upon the first paragraph that you wrote. If you will just eliminate that paragraph and start instead with the paragraph that discusses the DKI organization you helped to organize, the essay will be more responsive to the prompt.

Now, in your final paragraph, you made a clear mistake. The mistake was telling the Chevening reviewer about Chevening. Why on earth would you do that? He knows all of this information about the number of their scholars and the like. What they would like to know from you, is how you plan to leverage the network that you have created and will be creating under the supervision of Chevening, towards a better future for yourself. Most importantly, how do you plan to use share the network with the other members of Chevening?

I have pointed out some parts that you can begin to work with in the revision of your essay. There is more work to be done regarding content but the information I gave you should be a good start. We will revise as you go along with the development of your essay.

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