Writer: Zahra Izzati
AIESEC in Indonesia will hold a free webinar in 2021. This webinar aims to keep AIESEC in Indonesia having a positive impact on youth amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The webinar, called Youth Today, is a platform to connect young people and create their awareness of the importance of developing leadership skills. With the theme “How Leaders Can Prepare for Future Challenges”, Youth Today is here as a forum to provide insight into the importance of leadership and how to connect the impact between youth in the midst of a pandemic. This webinar was held on Saturday, April 3, 2021, through Zoom by reaching more than 300 participants. The participants came from a variety of different educational backgrounds, ranging from high school students to students at various Universities.
Youth Today runs from 1 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The entire event was hosted by Shabrina Noer, a Jakarta State University student who is responsible for the Organizing Committee Program. This event was opened by Zahra Izzati, an UPN “Veteran” Yogyakarta student who is responsible as the Organizing Committee President by delivering a speech.
The first speaker was Travis Lee Chiu Wing, who is the Country President of AIESEC in Malaysia. Travis graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and has experience as Head of Partnerships Development 2019/2020. Travis was moderated by Muhammad Fadhlan Saelan, a student at the University of Indonesia. Fadhlan is the Head of Talent Management of AIESEC in UI 2021.
In this session, Travis explained how to “Develop Self Awareness to Tackle Future Challenges”. Travis asked participants to take paper and pens, then asked how much the participants knew themselves. He then continued questions about the participants’ feelings on the previous day, March, and 2020. Travis asked participants to write down the percentage of their feelings on paper that had been taken previously within 1 minute. He stated that the three questions that each had to be able to be answered within 1 minute indicated how much the participants knew about themselves.
Furthermore, Travis explained that self-awareness comes from how much the participants are curious about themselves and how much observants answer questions about themselves. He reminded that there will always be things that make participants feel happy, sad, angry, disappointed, or other feelings. However, the most important thing is not to label the conditions they are feeling, but to know the reasons behind those feelings. For example, someone who is angry with others must know the reason behind the anger he has. He also has to understand what makes him angry.
After that, Travis asked participants to tell each other about their emotional triggers with 3 to 5 other participants in the break-out rooms for 7 minutes. After 7 minutes had passed, Travis continued his session discussing self-awareness regarding the future. According to him, a person should know what he does not like in looking for a job. This is because finding out what you like is often more difficult than finding out what you don’t like. Travis suggests that someone look for a job based on what they like and are good at in order to be happy while doing various tasks related to the job.
In closing, Travis provides tips for increasing self-awareness of each participant.
- First, try new things. When trying new things, a person will know whether the things he is doing are in accordance with passion or not.
- Second, reflect on yourself. Make sure that someone has a place to reflect on themselves, such as writing, meditating, or talking to other people.
Finally, remember what has been done in the past. By remembering things that have been done or have experienced, a person will be able to learn from the experiences they have.
The second session was continued by Nadira Natasya, who is the Founder of Kemah Muda. Nadira is a graduate of English Literature from Padjajaran University. She is the Former National Direction of Public Relations AIESEC in Indonesia in 2016. Nadira is moderated by Abyan Artyasana Pradana, who is a student of the Bandung Institute of Technology. Abyan currently serves as Accounting Manager of AIESEC in Bandung 2021. In this session, Nadira discussed “What Youth Can Do in Their Society”. Nadira shared the things behind the formation of the Young Tent. At that time, Nadira often participated in social programs organized by AIESEC in UNPAD and since then Nadira has gained a lot of experience, such as visiting schools in Jatinangor or meeting children of orphanages and cancer foundations. In addition, Nadira also had the opportunity to build broader relationships with people abroad who also participated in the social program. She believed himself capable of making a difference as a youngster and decided to set up a Youth Camp so that he could make a big difference.
The last session was filled by Kezia Albertha, who is the Chief Human Resources Officer of AIESEC in Indonesia. In this session, Kezia conveyed that “Leadership is for Everyone“, where according to her each generation has its own hero and we can become heroes who lead this generation. Through the program that AIESEC has provided, it is hoped that this can help us as young people who want to build their leadership spirit while still having Leadership Qualities the same that AIESEC believes to exist in every young Indonesian.
For friends who want to develop the future careers, AIESEC has the platform right for that. The AIESEC has another youth today event in May which is useful for future careers. Register yourself immediately!