AFTER graduation day, the first challenge faced by university graduates is to grab potentials in the world of work. (Photo: Helmy Rafsanjani)
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“ADMITTED or not, most people believe that universities produce skillful and competent work force.” (Yanfaune Ade)

For me, a going-to-be university student when entering a university might intend to become: a labor, a researcher candidate, or even neither of them. There is one question when talking about the intention: have we chosen correctly and thoughtfully about the place we are going to choose? Before discussing it, let me explain the basics about the world of work.

In the medical world, there are two big components which serves as the yardstick of a successful medical practice: the disease and how to treat it. These two factors are the ultimate conditions in the world of medical practice. This stage can only be taken when one has gone through profession education.

According to Dr. M. Sohibul Iman, a scholar and a going-to-be scholar must possess a global solution way of thinking in empowering Indonesia later on. The world of a graduate is divided into three sectors, namely public sector, private sector, and third sector.

Private sector, so to speak, is more flexible and unlimited. This sector mainly operates in economy, from production to goods and service distribution. Examples of this sector are corporations, small and medium businesses (UKM), cooperation, and independent entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, the component in governmental and public sector is policy making. There is similarity between public and the government in terms of making decisions. Take zoonosis for example, how to lower zoonosis in an area, how zoonosis spreads, how big is the loss, who is or are responsible for it, and the big difference is which role and policy can be maximized to free an area from zoonosis.

The third sector is different. People name it NGO (Non-Government Organization), a body or an organization which moves dynamically based on nonprofit policy. This sector focuses on public development with particular objectives, noble objectives. The people involved here want to contribute more through civil service.

The three sectors can be taken but with different start and provisioning. Deciding to take further education will serve as a better stepping stone in each sector. The question is, does the university introduce and direct the students to the three sector during lecture?

Let’s Evaluate

It’s safe to say that the students are innocent – they know very little about the three sectors. If we want to change this, we have to start with system and environment, which is the 4 year study process plus co-assistancy.

In terms of human being and system, cadre formation is one thing one cannot evade. Etymologically cadre formation is different from teaching. There are two components in forming cadres: human resource (SDM), and the process it takes to reach goals.

There are some steps in forming cadres in universities. One of them is students orientation period (MOS). Students aren’t taught to choose one sector out of the three available sectors; instead they are forced to take roles in one or two sectors. The worst result of this: most graduates until nearing their graduation haven’t decided which sector they are going to plunge in after becoming a scholar.

“Move the way BJ Habibie has moved to find “Habibie Factor”, decide and work hard at one skill at the beginning of a process.”

It is evident that sector understanding in campus seems in unison, like grassland. During study, most sector range is often reduced so it becomes less open. Even if there is little advantage in it, driving students to one or two sectors is dangerous. At one point, it might happen that the number of health graduates and the society’s needs of them is unbalance. While the third sector and civil government sector need more skillful doctors in their respective field. It would be a shame if the person in charge of public health was a social science graduate whose orientation was shaped to be a public officer. If one ask a health problem to other than doctors, mishaps are bound to happen.

Environment plays a big role in a university student cadre formation. Lecturers and classmates turns out to be important factors in how a graduate choose in which sector he or she is going. And don’t forget gender issue. All of these are topped by high competition with far more quality graduates than Indonesia.

To sum up, the three sectors need to be implanted during cadre formation stage until they graduate from a university. They are equally important, rocketing a student’s potential in those sectors has become a collective job. All of which is for the sake of better and more dignifies Indonesia. (*)

Editor: Bambang Bes

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