On Internship @ Bappenas
Yepp,, attention: my long sweet *boooring* holiday season has officially ended,, *sob sob* T_T
And in its place, the awfully draining episode of my life namely internship has already waited right before me,, all set to eat my sanity alive,, >_<
Seriously,, gimme a break!! Only last week, I was still yearning for my internship period at Bappenas (the National Development Planning Agency) to get underway ASAP. But now, as my internship reaches its second week, I’ve already felt the anxiety and disorientation at the office. Every so often, I got myself in a situation where I totally drew a blank on the baffling technical details that my supervisor told me regarding the project that I had to deal with. I’m also forced to jog my memory about some elaborate subjects (I have long forgotten :P) such as finance, accounting, investment, and even business law right away. Nevertheless, I’m really grateful to have my internship with Bappenas since I get to deal with some real-life national infrastructure projects along with its complexities and intricacies, which is very challenging and essential (I suppose!!) for my future career (though kinda frustrating at first). At the moment, I’m involved with the Bandung Water Supply Concession Project under Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework and am currently preparing the financial model of the project before proceeding into the risk assessment. The good news is, so far, the time frame isn’t too hectic and demanding, and the working environment is so ‘peaceful’ (which I fear, in time, could lead to boredom >o<).
For this early period of my internship, even though my official post is supposed to be at the Bappenas office in Menteng, Central Jakarta (next to the Sunda Kelapa Mosque), but my work place is not with the agency. At least yet. Instead, I’m assigned to do my internship at Wisma Bakrie 2 in Kuningan, where the Secretariat for the National Committee for the Acceleration of Infrastructure Provision (KKPPI) and the ADB-Bappenas Affiliation Representative are located. And since the twenty-story building is located alongside the busy Rasuna Said Street, I’m forced to face the harsh reality of life in Jakarta for commuters: the never-ending story of rush hour and air pollution. I have to take two busses to reach the place from my house in Serpong, Tangerang, which normally takes about 2 hours, and before I reach the office, I would already be dog-tired. I’m seriously considering to find a “kos” or rent a house nearby ASAP with my friends who’re also having their internship within the vicinity. Well, hopefully I could complete my internship period here smoothly, so that I could finish my thesis – thus my undergraduate study at President University – straight away *Amen to thaaathh!!! ^_^*
Workaholic? No thanks...
posted by KiD_HaHn! on 7:55 PM  |
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Internship: updated and some other stuffs,,
It’s January 6 already, yet I’m still somewhat clueless about my internship. It’s not that I haven’t got the place for my internship, cause I’ve finally got the green light from Bappenas – the National Development Planning Agency – to be an intern there *yippee*. Rather, it’s the fact that I’ve yet gone to the place that makes me anxious. What’s it gonna be like? How’s the working atmosphere? What’s my actual job description? There’re simply dozens of questions left unanswered thus far that I’d kill to know the answers. Hopefully, as I come to the place for the first time tomorrow, I could finally settle all my curiosity and begin my internship period there favorably. In any case, the good thing is: I’m already on the right track – so to speak – because Bappenas is really the place to go for a business student. What's more, particularly in the Directorate of Public Infrastructure Institutional Development that I’m gonna go into, there’s an ongoing program called Public Private Partnership (P3) that is very much related with my major, International Business (IB). In other words, I could (even) use the program as the source and basis for my thesis, and I intend to do so. With the clock seemingly ticking faster than ever, I reckon having an early start for my thesis as an excellent move – if I could actually pull it off ^__^; Fact: I don’t have a good track record for that.
Well, the thing is, I just think that I’ve had enough holiday, cause I’m all drained of being in a fairly droning daily life at home and not doing something productive. Well, it’d be way too naïve to say that I’m not enjoying my holiday, especially given the fact that I’m a naturally lazy, sluggish person *evil grin*. But fortunately I DO aware of my adverse disposition (or do I not? :P) and I DO believe that I could actually overcome such indolence and do something prolific if the situation is conducive and compelling – and holiday’s obviously a far cry from such a condition. At least back then in the ordinary ‘academic-wannabe’ campus life, I always (tried to) keep myself updated on the recent global political economics condition. I know it sounds tedious and complex, but somehow, I find it interesting to identify with what’s happening elsewhere in the world and it helps me a lot as an IB student, especially in class. But now during holiday, I’m more into updating myself with the latest episode of American TV series such as Grey’s Anatomy, Prison Break, Heroes, Lost, 24, Friday Night’s Lights, and the like; most of which are currently suspended (or forced to end in the mid-season) due to the writers’ strike. In turn, that leaves me with pretty much nothing interesting to do (and watch). So I turn my attention to the news, and guess what, I suddenly find my new toys!! ^__^ I’ll tell you more about my views on the latest happenings throughout the globe later. That's a promise.
Hopefully, tomorrow’s gonna be all different, going to Bappenas and all!! :D
Labels: Future, Life, Reflection
posted by KiD_HaHn! on 11:18 AM  |