Aplikasi Visa Student UK Tier 4 Ternyata Mudah

Grup pre-departure UK mendadak ramai sekitar bulan Mei – Juli, sekitar 3 bulan menjelang Fall semester intake dari hampir semua universitas di UK. Aplikasi visa student UK seolah momok yang lebih menakutkan dibandingkan seleksi wawancara LPDP. Beberapa calon pelajar bisa tenang dan bersantai karena menggunakan jasa pengurusan aplikasi visa yang ditawarkan agen pendidikan terkenal seperti SUN, IBEC, atau IDP. Namun bagi yang mengurus sendiri dan first timer aplikasi visa UK, rasa takut gagal pasti ada mengingat biaya aplikasi yang relatif mahal dibanding visa ke negara lain. Saya ingin berbagi pengalaman saya mengajukan aplikasi visa PBS Tier 4 Student tanpa menggunakan kartu kredit untuk pembayaran online namun menggunakan kartu debit.

Perkenalan singkat, saya Ronald Sukianto merupakan salah satu awardee Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia LPDP PK-66 Laskar Dewantara yang akan melanjutkan studi tingkat magister di Sustainable Energy Futures, Imperial College London. Share mengenai aplikasi postgraduate di ICL dapat dilihat di Aplikasi Taught MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures, Imperial College London.

Dokumen yang dapat dipersiapkan

Dokumen terpenting yang perlu didapatkan adalah CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance Study). ICL hanya akan menerbitkan CAS paling cepat 3 bulan sebelum official course starting date dari program studi kita. Misalkan saya di SEF, dimulai tanggal 1 Oktober 2016 maka CAS diterbitkan tanggal 5 Juli 2016. Sambil menunggu CAS, dokumen yang dapat dipersiapkan:

  1. Sertifikat bebas TBC dari RS Premier (Jakarta, Surabaya, atau Bali) yang berlaku 6 bulan dari tanggal tes. Tata cara Tes Bebas TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara.
  2. Terjemahan KK dan akta lahir yang dikeluarkan oleh Sworn Translator yang diakui oleh British Embassy. Daftarnya dapat dilihat di fadfafa . Saya pribadi menggunakan jasa penerjemah Tjan Sie Tek, hasilnya memuaskan.
  3. Paspor yang masih berlaku.
  4. Ijazah dan transkrip akademik pendidikan sebelumnya dalam bahasa Inggris (tidak perlu diterjemahkan oleh sworn translator).

Dokumen yang tidak wajib tapi boleh disiapkan:

  • Pas foto berlatar belakang putih, mulai 2016 foto dilakukan saat sesi pengambilan BRP sehingga tidak perlu membawa pas foto lagi.
  • Sertifikat IELTS, karena biasanya pihak kampus memberi keterangan dalam CAS bahwa kemampuan bahasa Inggris kita sudah di assess sesuai kriteria mereka. IELTS tidak wajib namun boleh saja dibawa saat appointment visa.
  • ATAS bagi yang wajib melampirkan, kebetulan jurusan saya tidak membutuhkan ATAS.
  • KTP tidak perlu dibuat terjemahan.
  • Kartu kredit untuk membayar aplikasi visa dan asuransi kesehatan. Saya bukan pengguna kartu kredit, saya tetap bisa membayar menggunakan kartu debit.
  • Booking flight ticket . Saya tidak menyiapkan ini, nyatanya aplikasi visa tetap sukses.

Bagi awardee beasiswa dokumen yang perlu dipersiapkan adalah Letter of Guarantee (LoG)atau Letter of Scholarship (LoS) yang memeberikan jaminan sponsor pembiayaan perkuliahan kita selama di UK. Awardee LPDP dapat menggunakan LoG maupun LoS, namun saya pribadi menggunakan LoG.

Online Application VFS Global

Aplikasi visa UK bisa dilakukan di https://www.visa4uk.fco.gov.uk/account/register. Setelah mendaftar, segera isi form mengenai detail paspor dan data diri. Progress aplikasi dapat di save sehingga bisa dilanjutkan kapan pun kita mau. Poin-poin dalam pengisian yang perlu diperhatikan:

  •  Nama lengkap dan nomor paspor harus sesuai dengan CAS.
  • Starting and end date course harus sesuai dengan CAS.
  • Tipe visa Tier 4 General (Sponsored) jika kita dibiayai oleh beasiswa, dalam kasus saya beasiswa LPDP. Namun pengalaman teman-teman penerima beasiswa LPDP yang memilih tipe visa Tier 4 General juga di-granted visa nya.
  • Masukan detail visa yang pernah didapat dan negara yang pernah dikunjungi. Paspor lama saya yang sudah dimusnahkan pihak imigrasi tetap saya tulis di aplikasi namun saya pilih “not in possession” sehingga saya tidak perlu membawa paspor lama, hanya paspor terbaru yang saya bawa.
  • Masukan lokasi pengambilan BRP setelah sampai di UK dengan benar karena BRP kita harus diambil dalam jangka waktu tertentu di tempat yang telah kita pilih. Saya memilih lokasi pengambilan BRP di Imperial College London sesuai petunjuk.
  • Tier 4 sponsor diisi dengan pihak kampus yang mengeluarkan CAS kita, dalam kasus saya Imperial College London.
  • Official financial sponsor diisi dengan lembaga yang membiayai studi kita, dalam kasus saya Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education.

Kartu debit – Virtual Credit Card

Saya menggunakan fitur Virtual Credit Card dari BNI, biasa disebut BNI Debit Online. Saya adalah pemegang kartu debit Mastercard dari BNI Taplus Muda. Kita dapat membuat kartu kredit virtual dengan memanfaatkan fitur sms banking. Prinsipnya VCC adalah kartu kredit virtual yang memiliki nomor unik yang dapat digunakan untuk melakukan pembayaran layaknya kartu kredit pada umumnya. Namun setelah pembayaran dilakukan, biaya akan langsung didebet dari rekening anda seperti layaknya transaksi menggunakan kartu debit. Setiap kita melakukan request pembuatan VCC, kita diminta memasukan nominal uang yang dijadikan limit transaksi kartu kredit virtual kita. VCC ini relatif lebih aman dibanding kartu kredit konvensional karena nomor kartu yang sekali pakai sehingga lebih aman dari ancaman carding.

Contoh jika menggunakan SMS banking BNI:

Ketik REQ(spasi)VCN(spasi)5000000 artinya kita meminta dibuatkan kartu kredit virtual dengan limit transaksi lima juta rupiah.

Berikut gambaran proses request VCN:

VCC BNI
VCC BNI

*Hati-hati dengan informasi nomor kartu (16 digit) dan verification code (3 digit) serta masa berlaku kartu. Dengan tiga informasi itu, siapapun dapat melakukan pembayaran online asalkan memasukkan data tersebut dengan tepat. Jaga agar informasi tidak diketahui orang lain.

Jika limit kartu debit hanya 10 juta rupiah, pembayaran IHS dan aplikasi visa tidak bisa dibayarkan langsung. Lakukan pembayaran IHS terlebih dahulu sekitar jam 11 menjelang tengah malam, kemudian setelah hari berganti baru lakukan pembayaran aplikasi visa. Jika limit kartu debit belum di-reset maka VCC tidak akan bisa digunakan. Pengalaman saya IHS membutuhkan biaya 342 USD (4.579.397 IDR) dan aplikasi visa 499 USD (6.681.635 IDR). Keduanya saya lakukan pada tanggal 5 Juli dan 6 Juli 2016. Kurs VCC sedikit diatas kurs jual bank BNI, mungkin selisih kurs tersebut yang menjadi keuntungan bank maka dari itu tidak ada biaya untuk penggunaan BNI debit online.

Lolos tanpa Wawancara bukan sekadar Mitos

Saya tidak mengikuti tahapan wawancara karena jam appointment saya jam setengah delapan pagi sehingga interviewer belum tersedia untuk wawancara. Petugas VFS membebaskan saya untuk melakukan wawancara yang bisa dilakukan mulai jam 12 siang, namun tidak diwajibkan. Saya memutuskan untuk tidak mengikuti wawancara karena menurut petugas, wawancara tidak menentukan lolos tidaknya aplikasi visa namun kelengkapan dokumenlah yang lebih penting. Nyatanya aplikasi visa saya sukses tanpa wawancara, ternyata perkataan mbak-mbak VFS benar loh! Total waktu proses visa saya adalah 11 hari kerja, dimulai tanggal 8 Juli 2016 dan selesai tanggal 25 Juli 2016.

 

Semoga cerita saya bermanfaat untuk teman-teman yang ingin mengajukan visa Tier 4 UK. Semua bisa dilakukan sendiri tanpa bantuan biro jasa atau lembaga pendidikan. Lumayan kan biaya biro jasa yang ratusan ribu rupiah. Nyatanya saya tidak dipersulit kok selama dokumen kita lengkap dan mengikuti aturan yang benar. Good luck!

Jakarta, 26 Juli 2016

 

What I learned from working in an oil and gas service company

I used to dream about working in an oil and gas company during college years. Firstly, oil and gas industry statistically gives the highest amount of salary for fresh graduate engineers. Secondly, oil and gas company offers enticing employee training program that mostly overseas. Lastly, I thought that I can apply my knowledge gained from engineering course into the real industry. In conclusion, oil and gas offers a very competitive package and growth stimulating yet challenging work environment. A dream job for almost all engineering students.

Joining in ‘not so good’ time for the industry

I joined a renowned oil and gas service company. It is said as a second biggest service company in the world, as known as the Reds. The Reds once tried to merged with a fellow American oil service company, but in 2016 the merger plan fell through. You may guess which company I am talking about.

It was kind of sad on my early year there. November 2014 should be commemorate as my first month, but more remembered as the month when oil price stumbled. The downward trends continued further until oil price reaching the lowest in 20 years, followed by slowdown in the industry that leads to mass lay-offs. I consider myself lucky to enter the industry right before it stumbled. I get to know much about the industry which I know nothing about before. What a lucky coincidence… What an unfortunate scenario…

What salary can get you

People works for a myriad of purposes. Some works so they can eat for the day, while the others works to fulfill their lifestyle. As a young adult who just entered the real life, those are the things I can observed on.

I was excited when earning my first salary. The excitement then continue to reappear once a month on payment day. Truthfully, it was the only things that keep me doing my job. Working in a drilling rig is harsh. Remote area, high working hour, laborous works, high social pressure, high client pressure are several hardships of working in the drilling field. Beyond that, the compensation payment in oil and gas service company is rewarding. Uncle Ben once said that with great salary comes great responsibility. That is why salary sometimes said as a compensation benefit, meaning to compensate all of your hardship you’ve endured on that month. In the oil and gas service industry, you must prepared to sacrifice some of your life including your time with your family.

I met a lot of people. Some had a price tag of $911 a day, where others labouring to earn $400 a month. Some people have to climb the career stairs by drudging in the rig floor, flexing their body muscle connecting drill pipes for 5 years so they can be a driller or toolpusher. Some people by their privilege does not need to pass through the labouring and physical works. They are the engineers who graduate from university, I belong to this group.

I saw the difference between the $911 a day and $ 500 a month man, their lifestyle. Apart from the lifestyle they pursue, there was nothing significant. I notice most man pursue their lifestyle based on their salary. Higher salary means more sumptuous lifestlye. The 500 dollars man are living modestly with proper life standard. They satisfied with their life. In the contrary, 911 dollars man tend to live happier but with great dissatisfaction. In a rare case, I found some of them did not really enjoy the life. They keep chasing more money to get, no matter how much they already had. Surely he can live a humble life with the money, but it is not the usual case.

I used to think that having much money will lead to happiness, but now it seems to be invalid. Our satisfaction of life merely based on how high we set our lifestyle.

* Thank you for all people I met on the rig site, I learned much about life from you guys.

It was such a small world, the oil and gas industry

Oil and gas industry is small, workers have very specific skills here. Turn over rate is high in the industry, so you may meet your ex co-workers in other company in the future. It is important to keep good relations with all people in such a small industry. I am not an amiable people, it is difficult for me to engage with new people. However in the industry, I was forced to meet and working together with new people. Some of them were hard to handle with, but fortunately I met more good people back there. Works with an annoying and bossy person is such a pain in the ass, because our work environment is very small and restricted. Becoming a nice co-worker is very important in oil service company. We have enough stress from the environment, we want no more addition of irritating co-worker. At least be nice in the work site even if you cannot be nice outside works.

The conclusions

Working in oil and gas service company is very demanding, that is why they pay you hefty salary. I believe salary will equal to your compensation you deserve on the job. If you decide to starting a career in the industry, you have to be ready to survive in a volatile and specific industry. On a bad business time, many laid-off employee have struggled to get a job. When the demand of oil and gas decreasing, the demand of oil service workers also diminshed. That means oil service workers more likely to be affected badly than oil company employees.

For fresh graduate engineer pursuing the career in the job because of the high salary and expecting an easy job, I advise you to reconsider your choice. Please do not see a career merely based on how much it pays you. The job is very demanding, both physically and mentally. Mostly you may miss important dates for your family and countless holidays. On the other side, you have unlimited freedom on your days off.

 

Many thanks for my former employer for such a worthful experience for 1 year and 8 months. For all my work colleagues and friends, I wish you all good luck and prosperity. May we see in other opportunity in the future. 

Best regards,

 

Disclaimer:

For anyone who may perceived my post as a discouraging one, I do not intent to discourage anyone to pursue the career in oil service company. I am writing truthfully as an ex oil service worker. I strongly encourage anyone who fits in the work ethics and lifestyle of oil service worker to pursue the career in the industry. 

What kind of Chinese are you?

I sometimes wonder about my identity as an Indonesia born Chinese. As Indonesia consists of myriad ethnics and culture, Chinese ethnicity has contributed much to Indonesia, made us a considerable part of the Indonesia society. I never thought about my family history, never crossed in my mind before how my ancestor got to Indonesia. And then it happened after I finished reading Kevin Kwan’s book entitled Crazy Rich Asians. The book was amusing, the author was a Singapore born Chinese residing in the States now. Kevin told the complexity of rich Chinese family hierarchy and tradition, which I found realistic in Indonesian Chinese. My family is not rich, but the tradition also descripted in the family. In the book, antagonist character considered Mainland Chinese as a poor Chinese, unlike the sophisticated and rich Singaporean Chinese. I was very curious about the mainland, knowing that my ancestor sailed from the Mainland to Indonesia in early 1930s. So I started browsing and asking my uncle and grandma who knows the most about our family history.

Are you Hakka, Hokkien, or Teochew?

Before, I only know that I am not a Hokkien Chinese simply because I don’t speak the language. Hokkien language is the one spoken in high speed and high intensity. Hokkien mostly heard in Chinese people dense region like North Sumatera and Riau. Their number is kind of big in Indonesia, maybe around half of Indonesia Chinese is Hokkien. Note that almost two-fifth of Singaporean Chinese is also Hokkien. If we step back ahead of these three, Han Chinese is the root. Han Chinese is everywhere, it has the largest numbers among other Chinese. Han Chinese accounts for 19% of world population by the way. In short, most all Chinese you see or know are Han. Language dialects are what differentiate them. Later I found out that I am a Hakka people.

My grandfather from mother side had a journey from his home in a small vilage near Meizhou, Guangdong Province. Guangdong is a province on south-east China, Guangzhou is its capital city. I do not have the opportunity to interview my grandpa because he already deceased 17 years ago. I wonder what motivate him to embark on the journey to Indonesia, some said mainland Chinese went to Indonesia in search of a job. It seems very plausible for me. His first job in Indonesia was a chef, he was known as a prominent chef in my family. He also did some labor job in logistic company before doing business in plastic industry. He made a fortune by making home appliance using injection molding machine with thermoplastic materials. How come an unskilled immigrant labor in Indonesia could grew a business? I clearly do not know the real motivation, maybe the job market was very harsh back there. Forcing Chinese either to sell something or make their own business to earn a living. In the long run, many Chinese rose as prominent business leader in several industry in Indonesia. Was it true opportunity lies beneath the hardship and adversity? Only Confucious may answer that..

My grandfather from my father also originated from Meizhou, but he was a city boy unlike my other grandpa who was a village boy. So could I say Meizhou is my far-home land? Both of my grandpa were born in it. Yet I have not visited Meizhou to know it.

Famous Hakka People in Indonesia

Governor of DKI Jakarta
Governor of DKI Jakarta

The most controversial governor Jakarta ever had! Basuki Tjahaja Purnawa or famously called as Ahok. He is a Hakka Chinese, born in Belitung island. Belitung and Bangka are dominated by Hakka people. Ahok is the first Chinese ever who sits as Indonesia’s capital city. Yeah, for us it is a accomplishment and pride. Haha. However, some Chinese businessman later regretting it because Ahok’s bureaucracy potentially troubled their ‘fruitfull’ business.

Chinese Stereotyping

We like to stereotyping fellow Chinese. Who does not? Mostly the stereotype I heard were about Hokkien or Teochew girls. Because I am the Hakka one. Maybe Hokkien girl also given Hakka stereotype during the storytelling. However I do not really believe in stereotype but I do not really deny because sometimes it is legitimate. But the idea of stereotyping is basically bad, so I do not really buy the stereotype things.

The Marginal Chinese – Cina Benteng

There is also a type of Chinese, known as Cina Benteng (Benteng is fortress) who resides in Tangerang area. Tangerang is a neighbour city of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Cina Benteng fought alongside mainlander during the Dutch colonialism. They were forced from Jakarta into Tangerang area due to the fight. This is the evidence of Indonesia Chinese nationalism, that we fought together against the Dutch colonial as one team. The battle that lost made some of them become poor, forced them to live in the forest and sub urban area. They have darker skin than the other Chinese because of the acculturation and marriage with mainlander. Some of the famous results from the mix are Gambang Kromong music and kelenteng architecture.

Closing remarks

I am a truly Indonesian. My ethnicity is Chinese and I love to maintain the tradition and culture. Even though, we are still a fellow Indonesia that should respect each other and fight together for a better Indonesia.

Tes Bebas TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara untuk Syarat Visa UK tahun 2016

Halo pembaca, sebagian besar dari kalian pasti belum pernah melakukan tes bebas TBC. Termasuk saya juga sebelumnya, yang terpaksa tes ini untuk prasyarat pengajuan visa Tier 4 ke UK. Dalam bayangan saya awalnya, tes bebas TBC yang seharga 690 ribu rupiah (17 Mei 2016) mencakup tes dahak dan sebagainya. Ternyata pada dasarnya tes anti TBC hanya terdiri dari foto rontgen thorax yang kemudian diamati oleh dokter ahli radiologi. Tes ini sebenarnya sudah pernah saya lakukan sebagai prasyarat mendaftar Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia – LPDP. Namun karena pihak imigrasi UK mensyaratkan tes dilakukan hanya di tiga rumah sakit Indonesia, RS Premier Bintaro, RS Premier Jatinegara, dan salah satu RS di Bali maka saya melakukan tes ulang.

Sebenarnya saya agak parno dengan tes ini, takut hasilnya menunjukkan positif laten TBC. Kakek saya pernah mengidap TBC sewaktu umur saya 8 tahun. Salah satu yang unik tentang tes TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara, satu hari setelah tes anda akan deg-degan menunggu hasil. Jika menerima panggilan telepon keesokan harinya, berarti anda dicurigai terjangkit TBC dan perlu pengecekan sputum atau dahak. Dan tes dahak bisa memakan waktu hingga berbulan-bulan karena spesimen dahak perlu dikembangkan secara ilmu mikrobiologi. Maka saran saya bagi yang ingin membuat visa UK, tes bisa dilakukan paling cepat 6 bulan sebelum keberangkatan. Karena sertifikat yang diterbitkan oleh RS Premier itu berlaku sampai 6 bulan setelah tes dilakukan. Biasanya universitas UK intake di bulan September sehingga dari bulan Maret dan April tes sudah bisa dilakukan. Hal ini juga perlu dilakukan untuk menghindari antrian pendaftaran di waktu-waktu padat pengajuan visa UK pada bulan Juni.

Berikut langkah-langkah dan tips jika anda ingin melakukan tes bebas TBC di RS Premier Jatinegara:

  1. Lakukan dulu booking melalui telepon 1500908 di bagian medical check up untuk tes TBC Visa UK. Dokumen yang perlu disiapkan adalah paspor asli yang masih berlaku dan pas foto 4×6 latar belakang warna biru. Usahakan datang jam 9 karena sistem menganut first come first serve. Semakin telat semakin lama anda menunggu.
  2. RS Premier Jatinegara dapat dijangkau dengan transportasi umum Commuter Line (turun di stasiun Jatinegara disambung dengan angkot biru ke arah Kampung Melayu) atau Transjakarta (turun di halte RS Premier atau Kampung Melayu) atau dengan layanan ojek online yang cepat dan nyaman.
  3. Sampai disana, langsung ambil nomor antrian di lobby sebelah kiri dari arah masuk. Ambil antrian untuk bagian medical check up. Setelah melakukan administrasi, anda akan disuruh untuk menuju lantai 7 (bagian medical check up).
  4. Hanya ada satu ruangan di lantai 7, langsung menuju ke ruangan sebelah kanan dari keluar lift untuk bertemu perawat dan menyerahkan berkas.
  5. Anda akan diminta untuk mengisi formulir dan kuesioner mengenai latar belakang dan riwayat TBC. Tidak banyak yang perlu diisi, hanya 10 menit dibutuhkan untuk mengisinya. Saat mengisi lembar sertifikat harus benar-benar teliti karena itu yang akan dicetak di sertifikat bebas TBC nantinya, jangan sampai ada kesalahan terutama nomor pasport.
  6. Tunggu panggilan untuk melakukan foto rontgen dan setelah selesai anda akan diminta menunggu sebentar untuk mengecek draft sertifikat apakah sudah sesuai atau belum.
  7. Setelah selesai anda dapat melakukan pembayaran. Anda akan diberikan souvenir dan bukti pengambilan sertifikat yang harus dibawa saat pengambilan.
  8. Jika hasil ingin diambilkan oleh orang lain, anda perlu membuat surat kuasa yang formatnya bisa diminta ke perawat. Orang yang mewakilkan hanya perlu membawa surat kuasa dan bukti pengambilan.
  9. Esok harinya berdoa agar anda tidak ditelepon pihak RS karena jika ya maka artinya anda perlu melakukan tes dahak karena ada kecurigaan TBC.
  10. Jika tidak menerima telepon, anda bisa mengambil hasilnya siang hari dari jam 12 sampai jam 3:30.

Sekian cerita dari saya, semoga bermanfaat untuk pembaca semua yang ingin melakukan tes TBC untuk syarat visa UK.

Ronald Sukianto

Becoming an Awardee of BPI LPDP PK-66

10th March 2016

It was a nerve wrecking moment for me. Right after my plane had landed on CGK airport around 9 PM, an email arrived from LPDP. LINE group suddenly full of both joy and sorrow, many of them were accepted and many were not. The flight attendants of CITILINK QG-833 had commenced all passengers to get off the airplane. I still remember the feeling of joy when I read my scholarship application was successful. The best feeling when you just arrived from your duty and got a jubilant news.

First of all, I like to tell about what is the scholarship about. The BPI (Beasiswa Pendidikan Indonesia) or the Indonesia Education Scholarship is a higher education scholarship program organized professionally by LPDP (Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan) or the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education. The scholarship aims for prospective future leader of Indonesia in several strategic fields such as Energy, Science, Food, Maritime, Law, Economics, Creative Industries, Medical and Health to pursue their Master or Doctorate education in top universities in Indonesia and overseas. The program is very popular, attracts thousands of applicant each batch. I enrolled for 1st batch of 2016, more than 1000 students were accepted for both overseas and domestic universities.

The idea of this kind of scholarship may be heard in some countries a long time ago, but first time in Indonesia. Demographics on 2045 tends to advantageous for Indonesia, but in the term of number. Making sure the bonus turn into advantages for Indonesia, this program intends to prepare future leader in several sectors through higher education funding. Strategic research also fostered by generous funding to prepare the economic boom in the next twenty years. I am feeling optimistic for this thought, Indonesia may be top country in economics in 2045.

PK (Persiapan Keberangkatan)

PK is more like Program Kepemimpinan (Leadership Program) for me. All of BPI awardee should attend this program to receive scholarship contract that funds their study. PK also one of the important thing that make LPDP distinct from other scholarship program. I found myself lucky to attend this program. Yet the program was very tiring but it was very worth valued. I got batch sixty six or the PK-66. We call ourself as the Laskar Dewantara. Inspired by the spirit of fostering Indonesian education inherited from National Heroes, Suwardi Suryaningrat or famously known as Ki Hadjar Dewantara. He was the founder of Taman Siswa, school for indigenous people in the era of Dutch colonialism. His famous proverbs could be seen in Indonesia Ministry of Education motto, Tut Wuri Handayani.

Laskar Dewantara consisted of best people from their fields all over Indonesia, Elementary school teacher, general practiticioner, university lecturer, foreign ministry staff, national development staff, private sector professional, humanity volunteer, social media consultant, NGO, veterinarian, spatial designer, researcher, lawyer, entrepreneur, dentist, to civil servants. This is the perfect networking program for future Indonesia professionals, entrepreneurs, and officials.

We can meet famous, cool-people-you-can-not-meet-unless-in-pk like Marty Natalegawa, Roby Muhammad, Butet Manurung, and many others. Marty Natalegawa was a foreign minister of Indonesia on SBY era, known as his eloquent and stylish manners. Roby Muhammad as I first knew his name and his face was actually very inspiring talker. I like his idea about passion is actually bullshit, nobody has only one passion in his life. Pursue what you’re interested in with your best effort and success might come. Well he proved that in his life journey, from physics graduate student to social network analyst. Butet Manurung, known for his activity in teaching indigenous people in the jungle with SOKOLA RIMBA.

My batch, PK-66 got the chance to do rafting as the outbond activity. Aside from inspirational and motivational from famous speakers, we also had outdoor activity for team building. Lucky for us, we got rafting at Paralayang River in Pangalengan, West Java. It was the best day of PK, having fun all day. In short, PK is one of the offering point of LPDP scholarship you should get.

Selection Process

Well, about the selection process I could not say much. The selection process was normal: Administration – Interview – FGD and essay writing. Notes for you that will undergo the process:

  1. Preparation is the king, Never attend the selection without proper preparation about knowing yourself and your study plan. The scholarship wants people who will come back to Indonesia with their knowledge, to build Indonesia. Make sure your plan in the future fits with this.
  2. Believe in yourself. You will meet highly competitive people in the selection with high achievement. No need to compare yourself to others, the only man you need to beat is your ego.
  3. LGD and Essay. I did not finish my essay back there. In LGD, I am one of the most ordinary contributor in the group. Do not concentrate too much in this section because it seems that they are giving less contribution than the interview.

Well, good luck for you all who intending to apply for LPDP scholarship!

Ronald Sukianto

PK-66 Laskar Dewantara

 

Urban Legend in North Tapanuli

North Tapanuli is a regency in North Sumatera, Indonesia. It is where I reside for almost two years, working at the Sarulla drilling project. North Tapanuli is inhabited by Bataknese, one of major ethnic in Indonesia. I want to share a few urban legends that believed there. There is even one ghost sighting caught on camera on one of the list. Here are the list:

  1. Onan Begu (ghost market or pasar hantu in Bahasa Indonesia) is located on WJP drilling area. WJP drilling area supply the steam for NAMORA I LANGIT power plant. The WJP that accounts for several production wells actually have a story among the locals. WJP is the most remote area amongst the other drilling area, which is also remote by the way. But the WJP is even remote because no mobile phone signal exist there. Added that the location is far away into the dark woods. It is called Onan Begu because it was actually a flat field in the middle of the woods before becoming a drilling pad. Ghost and spirits are believed to gather there. Right now after it became a drilling area, mysterious howling and sounds often heard in the dark trees, sometimes the crew says that they see a white woman fly around the area. One time I obliged to install the electrical grounding for our unit in the location. While sitting in the fron row seat, I glanced to one of the fence nearby that area. You know in a drilling site, they put a police line to restrict people entering the area. One segment of the police line suddenly moving up and down in a slightly slow motion. Maybe it’s the wind or something was sitting there. Yeah, anything can happens right?
  2. The deadly turn. Between NAMORA I LANGIT and SILANGKITANG power plant area (around twelve kilometres) there is one turn that believed to be haunted. The road is a main road for Sumatera land transportation so the legend is widely known among truck driver. From NAMORA I LANGIT, the turn is located after the steep descent with rather blind-sided turn to the left. There is a sign that reads “CAUTION! ACCIDENT PRONE” or “AWAS RAWAN KECELAKAAN.” Accidents happen there mostly involve heavy truck and other heavy vehicle with low control. Right beneath the turn is a 20 metres deep cliff, where the vehicle often ends up in. The legend says a bad woman inhabited in the bottom of the cliff, demanding death people every year for retribution. Around 30 metres after the turn, you can find a cave on the left side with a skull sign in front of it. It was said to be the woman’s place that no one is permitted to enter. Actually I ever saw a truck crashed into the cliff, making three of the passengers dead in the place. Luckily I saw only the truck and the dead victims were already evacuated.
  3. NAMORA I LANGIT and SIMATANIARI. Name of place near the NIL Power Plant. NAMORA I LANGIT means very near from the sky and SIMATANIARI means near from the sun. They are the highest place in the region so the naming sounds very acceptable.
  4. Begu Ganjang is name of traditional ghost legend in Tapanuli region. People believe Begu Ganjang is a ghost that treated and kept by human (black magic), in order to gain wealth and honor.Begu Ganjang fed by human blood and flesh. Begu Ganjang also could be sent to kill a rival or an enemy. However, in my opinion Begu Ganjang is just a myth from the past. It was often that people accused of using Begu Ganjang killed and burned alive. People in the past could easily be manipulated and misleaded by ghost info in a motive of social jealously.
  5. The Fourth Roustabout. Is a story about mysterious roustabout. Roustabout is a crew that works in drilling
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    rig, mostly doing task like lifting, hoisting, cleaning, and mixing chemical.However, one time a night drilling supervisor in NIL area caught a unusual sight of roustabout working near the shale shaker. Through the security camera, he saw three man cleaning the shale shaker area. The three man were wearing blue coveralls and yellow hats. However, the three man seemed not noticing another man/woman standing in the middle wearing all white clothes. They were really sure that only three of them working there. The identity of the mysterious guest is still unknown. The drilling rig actually had a sad story, happened around 10 months ago. One of the night drilling supervisor had a heart attack on rig site after having an argument with his boss. Unfortunately he cannot survived and died on the ambulance. It was the exact rig where the fourth roustabout sighting.

That is all I got for the urban legend. Do you have any other urband legend in your region? Please comment!

 

 

CHEVRON UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM 2013

I am a participant of Chevron Pacific Indonesia University Partnership Program 2013. Chevron Pacific Indonesia or CPI are one of the biggest Oil Production Sharing Contract in Indonesia. They manage big oil and gas blocks in Indonesia, such as Riau and East Kalimantan. Chevron also manage geothermal plant in West Java, the Salak and Daradjat field. Chevron University Partnership Program is one of their CSR program to foster university student participation on internship program in oil and gas company. On 2013, it was exclusive only for ITB and UGM students. Hope the program continue to give equal opportunity for all university in Indonesia.

In short, I applied for Facility Engineer Intern and got accepted as one of participant. First is administration selection, followed by psychology and aptitude test. If you passed, you will invited to panel interview section. Medical check up invitation will arrive if you pass the interview section. Induction day was held for all participants before assigned to specified operations. As for me, I was assigned to Sumatera Operation where the Duri and Minas oil field are existed.

Power Generation and Transmission Department

As a Facility Engineer Intern in Power Generation and Transmission Department, I was supervised by a lead mechanical engineer and a reliability mechanical engineer. Bang Albert Marihot was a lead mechanical engineer at that time, he had more than ten years experience in facility engineering field as he worked in Freeport (copper and gold mining company) and Indonesia Power (power plant) before. Pak Hendra Oktawira was a new reliability engineer, had experienced many years as reliability engineer at a petrochemical company.

The responsibility of PGT department is to supply and sustain electricity power for all Sumatera operation. That is including drilling and residence facility. If the power goes out, that means a reduced PGT’s key performance index. The department mostly habitated by electricity power engineers, project engineers, and mechanical engineers. Mechanical engineers mainly acted as reliability engineer of all equipments involved in power generation, transimssion and distribution process. I was assigned on the implementaion of Risk Based Inspection method on the transmission and distribution equipment. The equipment is steam turbine, gas turbine, heat exchanger power pole.

Power Pole

Electric Power Pole

Do not mind the electric things appear above, even at that time I did not really understand about the how electricity in power pole works. As a mechanical reliability engineer, our task is to maintain the mechanical integrity of the pole that sustain all electrical equipments. The pole sustain all mechanical loads from the weight of equipment and external load from wind forces. One pole falling down could cause disruption of the transmission of electric power for the operation, that means NPT that cause loss of money. Loss of money = blamed employee.

The unusual things done here are the Risk Based Inspection applied for the power pole equipment. RBI is usually applied for pressurized oil and gas equipment with high risk consequences. However, we applied the RBI methodology to the maintenance process of power pole. As you know before that RBI is documented in American Petroleum Institute (API) 580 and 581. They are standard which widely used for oil and gas equipment throughtout the industry. In RBI, we assigned each equipment a risk value and then group them based on their risk level. Each risk level might need different mitigation and maintenance effort. Risk defined as probability of failure (PoF) times the consequence of failure (CoF). In a more simple way, we sometimes use risk matrix to define the risk value. There is 3×3 matrix, 4×4 matrix, or 5×5 matrix which more complex. There may be an equipment that has very low probability of failure but might cause disastrous consequence when failure happen. RBI tried to accomodate the effects of both probability and consequence to make a proper preventive maintenance process. As for example: power pole in several Chevron areas were more susceptible to corrosion due to high H2S gas in the enviroment will raise the PoF. If we compare the poles to other in lower corrosion level area, those poles should be assigned a higher risk level so the maintenance treatment will be different. They might need extra thermal, NDT, or thickness inpsection more frequently than the lower risk one. That sums up my works in the internship period. Mostly I learned how maintenance engineer works. I sometimes attended meeting with the inspection vendor, weekly meeting with director, presenting my assessment and giving recommendation. I also gain knowledge of electricity generation process with their transmission and generations equipments.

Such a wonderful experience for a summer internship as an Facility Engineer! *Of course the money was also very good for a college student.

UPP 2013 Alumni – Facility Engineer Intern – SMO Area

 

 

Sekolah Pasar Modal Bursa Efek Indonesia 2016

Hari ini tanggal 16 Maret 2016, saya berkesempatan untuk mengikuti sekolah pasar modal yang diadakan oleh BEI yang bertempat di gedung IDX SCBD Jakarta. Pendaftaran sekolah pasar modal cukup mudah, semua dilakukan online di Investar dengan sistem kuota per hari. Saya mengambil SPM tingkat 1 dan 2 dalam satu hari sekaligus dengan tujuan hemat waktu. Syarat mengikuti SPM tingkat 2 adalah sudah memegang SID (nomor tunggal investor pasar modal) yang sebenarnya pasti dibuat saat kita mengikuti SPM tingkat 1.

Pada batch saya, Danareksa adalah agen perusahaan efek yang ditunjuk oleh BEI untuk mendaftarkan para peserta SPM. Agen perusahaan efek adalah badan yang mengurus transaksi jual beli saham dimana kita sebagai investor saham adalah klien mereka, jadi setiap transaksi yang kita lakukan akan masuk beberapa persen sebagai komisi ke kantong agen. Ada puluhan agen perusahaan efek yang terdaftar di OJK, namun kebetulan saya mendaftar di Danareksa karena “paksaan” BEI. Kita juga perlu membuka rekening sumber dana investor, yaitu rekening tempat dana transaksi saham disimpan untuk keperluan transaksi jual dan beli saham. Rekening ini berbeda dengan rekening tahapan bank-bank biasanya. Beberapa bank yang memiliki layanan rekening sumber dana investor adalah BNI, BCA, Mandiri, dan Permata. Pada kesempatan ini kita “dipaksa” memilih Mandiri atau BCA karena hanya mereka yang bekerja sama dengan SPM.

Tingkat 1 secara umum membahas tata cara dan pengenalan berinvestasi di pasar modal. Keluaran dari tingkat ini adalah kita secara resmi terdaftar sebagai investor saham di BEI. Sedangkan SPM tingkat 2 lebih cocok untuk yang berminat menjadi trader saham yang mencari capital gain dari penjualan saham saat harga tinggi dan pembelian saat harga rendah. Tingkat 2 membahas analisis teknikal yang cenderung prediktif untuk melihat tanda-tanda kenaikan atau penurunan berdasarkan ilmu-ilmu statistika. Studi kasus di tingkat 2 cukup menarik, dimana kita diperlihatkan keandalan sejumlah metode statistik dalam memprediksi sinyal kenaikan atau penurunan harga saham IDX. Kasus batch kami adalah PT Jasamarga Tbk (IDX:JSMR) yang termasuk likuid karena harga sahamnya naik turun dalam waktu yang relatif singkat. Seperti yang saya bilang sebelumnya, analisis ini tidak cocok untuk investor jangka panjang yang mengendapkan sahamnya untuk jangka waktu yang panjang. Analisis yang cocok untuk investor jenis ini adalah analisis fundamental yang sayangnya tidak dibahas di tingkat 2 karena keterbatasan waktu.

Selain mengenai analisis saham dan pasar modal, ada juga pengenalan tentang KSEI dan KPEI. Intinya KSEI berperan sebagai penyimpan dan penyelesaian semua transaksi di pasar modal. Jual beli yang kita lakukan via broker harus divalidasi oleh KSEI agar settle, resmi secara hukum. Orang-orang KSEI bekerja sebagai bagian administrasi lah intinya.

Acara ini gratis tanpa biaya, namun untuk tingkat 1 kita diwajibkan menyetor 100 ribu rupiah yang akan digunakan sebagai modal awal kita di rekening dana untuk transaksi saham. Selama SPM, makan siang dan snack pagi dijamin ketersediaannya. Tempat seminar juga cukup nyaman, di dalam auditorium BEI yang lengkap dengan fasilitas audio dan video mutakhir. Jadi kesempatan ini sangat sayang untuk dilewatkan. Bagi siapapun yang memiliki waktu luang, ayo daftar SPM di IDX Jakarta untuk belajar berinvestasi!

BP Challenger Program 2014 Selection Process

BP or commonly mistaken as British Petroleum (they changed the name several years ago) is one of the oil company that has operation facility in Indonesia. They are commonly known for their gas facility in Tangguh, West Papua. From the information I got at the recruitment day at Institute of Technology Bandung back in March 2014, they were looking for many new graduate engineer to compensate their plan of Tangguh train expansion near in the future. Challenger Program for what they named it, is a more like management trainee program where fresh graduate engineer will have exposure of on the job working and numerous training to make them a globally competitive engineer in the future. On 2014 they opened almost for all position in engineering including drilling, completion, mechanical, electrical, process, petrophysic, and petroleum. On this post I will give a glimpse of BP’s selection process for Mechanical Engineer Challenger.

I attended BP’s campus recruitment day around March in 2014. Interested student could apply by drop their CV and the interview with HR will conducted directly afterwards in the afternoon. The campus recruitment day was very advantageous aside from the conventional process from BP’s brassring website.

Conventional:

Online apply – online aptitude test (Saville) – HR Interview – User Interview – Assessment Day

Campus day:

CV – HR Interview – online aptitude test – user interview- assessment day

Well, there is no difference on the process but the swapped online test – HR interview. But that was really matter. FYI, BP hired Saville Consulting for the aptitude test. But the Saville aptitude test was hard and very competitive. The time available was very-very lacking. Sure they want to get the engineer who can think fast under pressure using this test. Shortly, it was very hard to be outstanding in the online test. But if you attend the campus day, you will be getting a HR interview first. If you had a good interview session, you will considered even you just got average mark in the aptitude test. True story. Been there before, and I got lucky to passed the aptitude even with my moderate mark. Be sure to participate in the campus recruitment day!

The process

  1. HR Interview

On this interview I faced two assessor, one HR team and one Mechanical Engineer which just graduated from the Challenger program. Interview. We talked about my activities and achievements in college and none of technical related question.

  1. Saville Online Test

There were three assessment; diagrammatic, verbal reasoning, and numerical. Time was very restricted so fast and steady internet connection really needed. Google saville online test about the image of question will be asked.

  1. User Interview

Because I applied for Mechanical Static Engineer, the question asked are none other about heat exchanger. They do need a lot of heat exchanger on gas facility. My tips, study about Air Cooled Heat Exchanger because we will talked about that specifically in the interview. You can easily study it in Hewitt’s book about Process Heat Transfer. Air cooled heat exchanger are used for cooling the gas after compression, or so said as intercooler. When I missed with some answer I did not know, Mr. Wisnu (the user) gave a little lecture about heat exchanger. How to accommodate the tube expansion, increasing heat transfer coefficient without cost, and many practical information about engineering works in the real world. I got so much new knowledge and just knew about the spiral heat exchanger type used in LNG industry. What a great interview!

  1. Assessment Day

In the evening after user interview I got a call from HR that I passed to the assessment day section. User interview on Wednesday and assessment day held on next Friday. Such a fast recruitment process due to urgent needs for new engineer for upcoming expansion project. On Thursday evening we met with other assessment day participates and given accommodation by BP. Lodging place provided in Mercure Hotel, TB Simatupang, Jakarta. We also given information about what will we faced on the assessment day and how to prepare it. There was also a presentation for user about the benefits and what will you get when work at BP. There were total of 9 persons competing in assessment day, 3 mechanical, 3 electrical, and 3 chemical engineer for process. That was for Global Project Operation and still a lot from other division (Global Operation and others).

What is assessment day?

It was my first time attend an assessment day for job recruitment purpose. Assessment day is a day or more day where employee candidate will be assessed thoroughly about their likeability to perform well on work. Many test provided on the assessment day(s) ranging from interpersonal skills, communication skills, arguing a opinion, critical thinking under pressure and many others. (Source: googling). But for BP’s I got only 3 activities: FGD, Case Interview, and Personality Interview.

1. FGD

Topics discussed on the FGD was technology to be used on offshore drilling facility. We are given many alternatives within in the case paper and some times to read and think. Then we have to discuss within our group which one will we choose. At the end of the discussion, one voice is expected from the result of team’s discussion. Clue: you have to choose between flare or gas pipeline, conventional drilling or hi-tech drilling, water injection or treatment facility, and others I do not remember. You are in the point of oil company and you have to choose the alternatives which most probably benefitting for the operation. There were no right or wrong answer, as long you have reasonable reason with your choice. At the end of the discussion, we were expected to present our conclusion to assessors.

2. Case Interview

In this interview you had to choose between to alternatives. There were two choices of prospective well location, one is a conflict area in Africa and the other is a relatively safe location somewhere in East Europe. Each of them had their own pros and cons. There were should not be a absolute true answer on this. I chose the conflict area back then whereas other participates had the safe location as their answer. Just ready to prepare your argument on defending whatever your choice of alternative.

3. Personality Interview

This sounded like a normal HR interview but more meticulous. Some questions like how to solve a problem, facing conflict, communication style were asked.

Even I did not pass the assessment day, I still got much valuable experience from it. The assessment day gave a brief description about the working atmosphere of real world. For those who has not heard about assessment day before, I expect this post kind of helpful to you.

Good luck.