Berbagi Tips Wawancara AAS – Australia Award Scholarship

Lolos seleksi tahap 1 (Seleksi Adminstrasi) beasiswa AAS (Australia Award Scholarship) tentu merupakan berita gembira buat teman-teman, basodara yang sudah menghabiskan waktu berbulan-bulan melengkapi kelengkapan dokumen dan mengisi formulir aplikasi online.

Saya yakin bukan hanya waktu yang sudah teman-teman korbankan, tenaga, uang bahkan perasaan mungkin bisa jadi hal lain yang sudah teman-teman tuangkan untuk sampai lolos shotlist. Untuk itu, sangatlah penting untuk mempersiapkan diri dengan sebaik mungkin untuk menghadapi seleksi wawancara.

Di postingan kali ini, saya akan membagikan beberapa tips untuk menghadapi wawancara JST (Joint Selection Team) Interview AAS.

  1. Kuasai aplikasi luar kepala. Isian aplikasi online teman-teman adalah patokan utama saat wawancara berlangsung. Untuk itu, kembali ke copy aplikasi yang pernah teman-teman simpan. Kuasai setiap line dalam aplikasi teman-teman. Saya tidak menyarankan untuk menghafal uraian jawaban teman-teman. Yang perlu teman-teman lakukan adalah pastikan ke diri teman-teman bahwa setiap uraian yang ada dalam aplikasi, teman-teman kuasai like the back of your hand.
  2. Praktek/ Simulasi Wawancara. Latihan wawancara pentng sekali teman-teman lakukan. Wawancara AAS sama halnya dengan pengalaman teman-teman saat mengikuti wawancara kerja. Membiasakan diri berada dalam suasana yang mirip dengan wawancara merupakan salah satu hal yang bisa teman-teman buat untuk memupuk rasa percaya diri teman-teman. Ajak teman atau kenalan teman-teman yang juga lolos ke seleksi wawancara. Arrange  waktu untuk bertemu dan praktek wawancara. Teman-teman bisa bertukar peran dalam simulasi wawancara tersebut. Salah satu bisa menjadi interviewer  terlebih dahulu, dan salah satunya lagi berperan sebagai interviewee. Kemudian bertukar peran.
  3. List semua pertanyaan yang mungkin ditanyakan dari isian aplikasi. Teman-teman juga bisa membuat sebuah list yang berisi tentang pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang mungkin bisa ditanyakan dari isian aplikasi teman-teman. Dengan membuat list seperti ini, teman-teman dapat membuat prediksi sendiri dan jauh-jauh hari mempersiapkan diri.
  4. Dukung uraian jawaban dengan data dan informasi aktual. Jawaban yang kuat dan menyakinkan adalah jawaban yang tidak hanya bersifat deskriptif tapi juga factual.Persiapkan data yang berhubungan dengan uraian jawaban yang akan teman-teman berikan. Misalnya, teman-teman ditanya pertayaan, “Why do you want to study in Australia?”. Mungkin teman-teman akan menjawab pertanyaan ini dengan memberikan uraian bahwa karena jarak Indonesia dan Australia dekat. Atau mungkin karena teman-teman pernah dengar, ataupun membaca bahwa sistem pendidikan di Australia sangat bagus. Tidak ada yang salah dengan jawaban-jawaban ini. Alangkah baiknya teman-teman dukung jawaban ini dengan data atau informasi lain yang membuat jawaban teman-teman jadi lebih powerful. Misalnya, jika teman-teman bilang bahwa sistem pendidikan di Aussie itu bagus, dukung dengan data misalnya dalam 10 tahun terakhir ada sejumlah banyak mahasiswa yang studi di Australia. Dengan menambahkan data seperti ini, teman-teman bukan hanya memperkuat jawaban teman-teman, melainkan teman-teman telah memberikan impression bahwa teman-teman tidak hanya ikut arus dan main-main dengan wawancara.
  5. Istirahat dan tidur yang cukup sebelum hari H. Mungkin hal ini merupakan hal yang simple dan sepele. Tapi berdasarkan pengalaman pribadi, istirahat dan tidur yang cukup sehari sebelum jadwal wawacara merupakan hal yang sangat penting. Selain membantu teman-teman untuk merasa relax saat wawancara, dengan beristirahat yang cukup sehari sebelum wawancara, bisa menolong teman-teman untuk lebih fokus dalam menjawab pertanyaan dalam wawancara. Mungkin juga bisa memberikan rasa percaya diri dan mengurangi rasa nervous.
  6. Cari cara untuk meng-impress panel JST. Hal ini penting mengingat interviewers pasti akan mewawancarai ratusan bahkan ribuan pelamar. Untuk itu, teman-teman perlu memikirkan cara untuk membuat pewawancara mengingat teman-teman. Teman-teman bisa membawa alat peraga atau pendukung lain (yang tentunya berhubungan dengan isian aplikasi teman-teman). Teman-teman juga perlu ingat bahwa di akhir wawancara JST, teman-teman akan diberikan waktu untuk bertanya. Manfaatkan waktu itu untuk bertanya dan menyampaikan sesuatu yang bisa meng-impress team JST.
  7. Eye contact. Saat menjawab pertanyaan dalam wawancara, teman-teman perlu membuat eye contact yang cukup bukan hanya ke salah satu pewawancara yang mengajukan pertanyaan kepada teman-teman, tapi perlu sedapat mungkin melakukan kontak mata juga ke salah satu lagi pewawancara yang sedang ada di depan teman-teman.
  8. Hadir di tempat wawancara minimal 1 jam sebelum jadwal wawancara. Hal ini bisa membuat teman-teman terbiasa dengan situasi tempat wawancara. Selain itu, datang lebih awal bisa membuat rasa tegang teman-teman lebih berkurang, daripada datang saat injury time.

Semoga beberapa tips ini bermanfaat buat teman-teman yang sedang mempersiapkan diri untuk wawancara JST. Teman-teman juga bisa berkunjung ke postingan saya sebelumnya tentang tips wawancara JST dari salah satu alumni AAS di link berikut. (Postingan serupa)

Salam sukses,

Kupang, 17 Juli 2016.

 

 

 

Deactivating MATLAB without Having Access to the Computer

Installing MATLAB on your computer would not be an issue at all. As long as you have the license with you, it is a piece of cake to just install it.

MATLAB license can be purchased online by visiting http://www.mathworks.com/. When you click onto this link, you will be directed to the following page.

M_1 All you need is create an account then you can start purchasing products using your account. As what you can see, on the top-hand right corner, my name is written there, as I already registered. On this blog post, I just would like to highlight several key points that should be taken into consideration when you want to install another license on other computer using the same license that you have purchased.

So recently, I am trying to install another MATLAB on my new computer. Since I already purchased its license when I was doing my thesis in Melbourne, so I just can use the same license. The problem is the use of the license only limited for just 2 computers. SO if you wan to installed the same license on another PC (personal computer), you need to either deactivate one of those two previous installations or buy another license. Well, I suggest just deactivate one of the two used license.

My circumstances is rather complicated, since my first laptop was stolen, and my second laptop was sold prior to my completion of my degree. So it means, I could install the same license on my new computer because I have no access to those computers. However, I decided to contact people from Math Works and finally figured it out.

So first thing first, you can deactivate your MATLAB license without having any access to the computer that you have installed it previously. How could it be?

You need to access to your license center which is on your account. If you do not know how to do that then simply follow this link; https://www.mathworks.com/licensecenter/. It will direct you to a page where you can see your details of your license. Once you  are on that page the next step would be selecting the license by clicking on the row where your license are located on the page.

After that, you will see  a tab called Activation and Installation. Click on that tab and so you will be directed to another details with another “Deactivate”  tab. Click on that deactivating tab and therefore you will be given a deactivation string. Up to this stage, you will options of deactivation strings. Then simply choose “I do not have the Deactivation string”.

The following step would be unprompted the retrieve string by choosing the “Unable Retrieve String”. After that, you will have a final deactivation form which is needed to be completed. Once you fill all the missing information needed on that form, then BANG there we go, the deactivation is successfully. Meaning, now you are able to install another license on your new computer.

The steps to overcome the deactivation issue has summarized here on this link.

If you still find any issues regrading the deactivation you can visit the FAQ in the Math Works or probably you could drop a line to ask in the FAQ part.

If this is the first time for you to install a MATLAB license and you do not know how to do that, feel free to inquire. I would assist you as best as I could.

I will also provide some details on how you can even have a MATLAB installed on your computer without purchasing any license but rather trying the trial software provided on the Math Works page.

Happy coding, fellas.

 

From the corner of Excelso Cafe, Kupang, Timor, Indonesia.

Tuesday, 26th of April 2016.

 

 

First Post in 2016

It’s been a while since December last year. Yeah, moving back to Timor has been quite busy. Settling down and getting some stuff done, had pushed me a bit far form this blog.  I have so many good things are happening at the moment. So damn excited and looking forward to finish all those blessings.

I am just so lucky to have several jobs after my completion. I was doubt though, how I’m gonna be getting used to the life back here in Timor. But thank goodness so far so good. Just busy with the teaching at unis and doing a bit of research project at the moment.

I am willing to share some stories afterwards, but for the time being  let me just write something for this first blog-post in 2016. Nothing’s fancy about this first post, just couple of ideas of some recent thoughts that I have been through within the last two months here in my home town.

Frankly speaking, I do miss Melbourne, like so BADLY. Miss all the good people, its environment, miss my office and all the maths fellas from G13. The life here in my home town is totally different and indeed requires me to re-adapt. Well, so far I have made such a smooth movement, I reckon.

It’s been good since I am still maintaining contact with some close friends of mine from Melbourne. Even one of them visited me on February and others will be coming on August. I am so thankful and grateful that I have built such a great friendship with those folks. I feel like someday I probably might go back to Melbourne or perhaps other parts of the world, I suppose.

I am just starting a new chapter of my life here and planning to have some incredibly amazing experience in the near future.

“Life is too short to be somebody else”.

 

Love being me.

 

Cheers,

 

From the corner of Excelso Cafe, Kupang, Timor, NTT, Indonesia.

 

A New Project

I was on a tram ride from home and I basically had no idea where was I am going to go. LOL. Well, It is Sunday and you won’t spend your whole day at home when the weather is so damn good outside. So I decided to go out this afternoon (at 3 pm) and enjoy this beautiful weather.

I just realized that within a month I’ll be graduating from Melbourne Uni and this is (really) a big and important moment for me. It has been a really great journey (to be honest). Having a chance to meet great colleagues who are mostly locals (Australians) and amazing chance to be taught by great and outstanding professors, have made me so grateful and thankful for having this incredible opportunity. I have been spending my whole two years at uni and finally get my freedom back. Yeah, in these days, I have been  doing nothing (in terms of study). Done with thesis and my last exam some couple weeks ago. And now, I am technically a tourist. Wohoooo….. Just spending my free time (mostly at home) and it starts to get boring. So, this idea just came across my head when I was on my tram ride a minute ago.

It’s been a while, since couple months ago,  I have been apart from writing stuff in this blog. So, I decide to maximize my time (left) in Melbourne ( before I come again in the next future, I hope lol) by writing my adventures within 30 days before my graduation. The idea is that I will not only writing some stuff out in this blog about what I’m doing, but also I’ll make a ‘story’ about that. Hmmm, it hasn’t sound ‘cool’ yet hey.

To make it more different and original, I’ll make a (daily) story with pictures attaching on it. So it means that I also have a chance to improve my skill in photography while providing some cool and awesome places around Melbourne. Who knows, this would give you information about Melbourne; the place where I’ve been living in the last two years.

To make it more ‘awesome’ I think I will also create an ‘instagram’ account for this adventures. How that sounds? And I think this is going to be fun. Owhhh my goodness, now I think I have more to show and give in this 30 days. Can’t wait to do it. LOL

Besides having this plan, I would love to provide some ‘serious’ stuff about studying mathematics at Melbourne Uni. In my future blog posts, I would like to include some ‘suggestions’ and information about what is look like doing maths in the first uni in Australia. I am thinking of providing information about what should you need to prepare before deciding to come and study at Melbourne Uni as an international student, what are the challenges and what shod you do to cope and balance your busy and hectic student life with your social life, etc.

Owh woww, seems like I have many ideas NOW. Hahaha. Anyway, I think it is going to be fun and enjoyable for me to provide and fill my days with this activities. I can’t wait.

So, since I will start this project tomorrow, I really to get some ‘moments’ created today. So here we go. Let’s start this ADVENTURES.

Melbourne, November 15, 2015

From the corner of Elgin Street and Drummond Street,

Cafe Lua

Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies . . .

There are times when you might feel aimless
And can’t see the places where you belong
But you will find that there is a purpose
It’s been there within you all along
And when you’re near it you can almost hear it

It’s like a symphony
Just keep listening and pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us Oohhh it’s glorious

And you will know how to let it ring out
As you discover who you are
Others around you will start to wake up to the sounds that are
In their hearts

It’s so amazing
What we’re all creating

It’s like a symphony
Just keep listening and pretty soon you’ll start to figure out your part
Everyone plays a piece and there are melodies
In each one of us Oohhh it’s glorious

What’s next?

Prior to my study I haven’t really taught to have this idea. The idea of doing more in the research field. I feel like I was driven into such a beautiful coincidence through this incredibly amazing experience. Being introduced to the master research project over the last two years has made me realize how wonderful and enjoyable it is to do applied mathematics research.

I have to admit that it was not easy. Having such a limited experience in conducting research has pushed me to work hard. I was doubting my self at the start of this project and was questioning my readiness and capability to do this research. “Am I ready? Am I capable?”  These two questions were always haunting me.  But thank goodness, everything is beautiful at its time, isn’t? All the hard work that you have put is just worth it. I can’t believe my self that I already finished my thesis and just have one last exam to be sit in before the graduation.

 

 

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Photo: Private Courtesy

It’s been a wonderful journey and I can’t wait to do more in this particular field.  I would love to dig even deeper in research and therefore, I am willing to continue to the next level. I am not really sure yet if there is chance to pursue this dream but I believe that there always be a ‘door’ that is waiting for me out there.

 

November, 1st 2015

From Ground Level of Bailleu Library

 

 

You Stole It Since Day One

It has been good and always be like that.
Watching this feeling grows and gets stronger and stronger is just amazingly good.
It sometimes drives him crazy.
Don’t be surprise, you stole his heart since day one.
Yap, since that day.
It still clears in his mind, how you pronounced his name correctly.
Previously, no one can (really) pronounce his name as correct as what you did on that day.
It was such a warm welcome chat and somehow he wants to be back to that day.
It has been 3 months and he enjoys every single time with you.
Like every single second.
All he wants is just stay close to you.
He always wonders, “Are you doing alright?”.
“Are you doing okay out there?”.
He is now dragged into such a beautiful feeling which never ever happens in his entire life before.
You might notice it, right? How he feels about you?
He also (somehow) knows how you feel about him.
But he worries, he scares, if you don’t have same amount as what he has about you.
He is not really good in expressing what he feels and thoughts.
He is hopping, just hope,
and believes, time will help him out.

From the corner of South Lawn, Melbourne Uni
October 19, 2015 

Time

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 Have you ever wondered about how powerful time is? Well, I have been thinking of this over the last four weeks and I somehow end up with this notion: “Time is the only constraint that can measure how capable you are (in whatever thing you are doing). It either can break you or make you. The only thing that you can do to deal with it is just by managing it well.

Up to this point, I feel like the measurement of how capable someone deals with their ‘job’, is basically depends on how capable someone of managing their time. Suppose, you are given a set of jobs in which you need to run all of those jobs only in one day (24 hours). Let assume that all jobs have similar level of difficulty. So technically, we ignore the variability of how difficult the jobs are. If you are assigned to finish all those jobs only in 24 hours, how could you go with it? If there are 6 consecutive jobs that are needed to be done by the end of the day, how could you handle this assignment?

One can simply say that, well, if there are 6 jobs to be finished then one plausible way to accomplish this mission is by allocating equal amount of time to each job. Meaning, every single job should be done in 4 hours. This is pretty cool strategy. However, the only problem is that, in real life things are (sometimes) out of control, especially when we feel anxious about the time limit that we have to complete all the given jobs. Well, this is only my theory. Maybe some of us are not feeling that way though. Some people might be productive when they are getting close to the deadlines. Some might feel the other way around.

From my point of view, there is nothing wrong about it. There is no such a ‘correct’ way of saying that being a ‘deadliner’ is a wrong approach. I mean, there is no guarantee to say that being as a ‘planner’ always works as well. Everyone has their own approach to deal with ‘time constraint’. What I am going to say here is that if you can really productive as you are getting closer to the due date, it is gonna be so sweet. Also, if you can really maximise your time by projecting your plan in advance to accomplish the mission, it is also gonna be awesome. So, up to this point, it all comes back to individual ability to cope with the time pressure no matter what approach you use. How can you control your anxiety and be focus to finish the assigned jobs?

Time management seems to be crucial here, regardless which approach you choose.  Both deadliners and planners , need to manage their time to be able to complete the given jobs. Nothing you can do about this if you do not have a good time management skill. Perhaps, other factors like individual knowledge and speed might be matter in determining how someone succeed in handling those jobs. If we just assume that everyone has the same speed and knowledge to process all the jobs, then the only thing that matters is the skill  to manage their time.

In my dictionary, having a good time management is a key element that needs to be taken into account. As what I said previously that time is the only constraint that might break you or make you. If we could somehow know how to ‘manipulate’ it. we could potentially conquer it and be the winner.  Having said that, it could break you, if you don’t know to deal with it. So let put it this way. To be able to tackle all the given jobs, we need to compete with ‘time’. Therefore, the only way to go about it is by taking control over it. Hence, you need to manage it and be the WINNER .

Melbourne, October 16 2015.

Second Winter: Last Winter?

Semester 3 baru saja berlalu. Tepatnya dua hari yang lalu. Huft, minggu-minggu perjuangan itu baru saja saya lewati. Banyak cerita yang sudah saya ukir. Yang paling berkesan adalah, (seperti biasa) menghabiskan hampir seantero waktu saya untuk bergulat dengan seabrek materi coursework; buku, lecture notes, prac class sheets, dan sejumlah tugas dengan deadline yang boleh dibilang ‘gila’. Belum lagi research project  yang makin ke sini makin ‘seru’. Ya, saya menyebutnya dengan ‘minggu-minggu berdarah’. Tapi, syukur Puji Tuhan, saya baru saja menyelesaikan satu semester lagi, sebelum akhirnya tiba di semester akhir saya, semester depan.

Harus saya akui, belakangan saya tidak punya banyak waktu untuk bercuap-cuap di sini. Waktu saya betul-betul terkuras habis dengan rutinitas belajar yang sangat sibuk. Tapi, saya sangat bersyukur karena punya kesempatan menulis hari ini setelah ‘ngos-ngosan‘ belajar.

Banyak hal luar biasa terjadi semester ini, dan tidak ada yang lebih yang dapat saya lakukan selain ucapan syukur buat semua berkat yang sudah terjadi sepanjang 4 bulan belakangan. Minggu ini, perkuliahan selesai dan masa-masa exam pun sudah di depan mata. Untungnya, masih ada 1 minggu “free“. Di sini mereka menyebutnya “SWOT Vacation“. Di minggu ini, resmi perkuliahan selesai dan tugas-tugas pun sudah harus selesai sebelum swot vac week ini dimulai. Selain itu, dengan berakhirnya perkuliahan semester 3 ini, musim gugur pun berakhir. Itu artinya, “winter“, alias musim dingin pun mengambil posisi si “fall” yang sudah menemani saya dan warga Aussie lainnya selama 3 bulan belakangan.

Jujur, winter bukan musim favorit saya. Datang dari negara beriklim tropis mungkin alasan utama mengapa saya bukan fans fanatik musim yang satu ini. Mungkin juga, karena harus bergumul lagi dengan cuaca yang super dingin yang akan berdampak pada mood  belajar, tentu saja. Hufttt…. Tapi, ada suatu keceriaan sesaat tahu bahwa secara ofisial Aussie memasuki musin dingin sejak 1 Juni kemarin. Saya kurang begitu paham kenapa saya begitu excited dengan musim dingin kali ini. Yang jelas, saya ingin melalui musim dingin kali ini dengan sebuah cerita menarik dan menantang lainnya. Mungkin saja, ini winter terakhir saya di negeri Kangguru. Atau mungkin juga ini winter kedua dan masih akan ada winter-winter lain menunggu saya di depan sana. Well, “who knows“.

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Courtesy Pribadi

Foto: Courtesy Pribadi

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Courtesy Pribadi

Melbourne, 2 Juni 2015,

From my study cave: Richard Berry Building, The University of Melbourne