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In today’s MEET THE ALUMNI, we were given the honor of talking with Pingkan Natalia Ginting, former JIC student and alumni of Monash University. She is also a Business Manager for Mandiri Securities Singapore, a regional office of Mandiri Securities in Indonesia, the best investment bank in Indonesia.

 

 

After she graduated from Monash University, majoring in Banking Finance, Pingkan joined the Management Trainee program for fresh graduates. She gets acquainted with the company culture and was prepared to contribute to the company in this two years program.

Pingkan also achieved the Best Employee Title for the year 2017 in Mandiri Group for her work in Security Management. When we asked her about the secret to being the best employee, Pingkan told us that one needs to stay humble and never stop learning.

During her time in university, Pingkan also developed herself by being active in Student PPIA MONASH, a student organization which embodies all Indonesian students union in Monash University. She became a leader of PPIA Monash University Caulfield for the period of 2011-2012.

According to Pingkan, joining organizations help students to learn of commitment, networking, and teamwork with people from various backgrounds. To nominate yourself to be a part of an organization means that you have the be courageous and willing to take responsibility. You need to be responsible for yourself in managing your time and priorities as a student, and to make contributions according to the position you hold in the organization until the period is over. The journey will be dynamic; there will be joy and hardship, pro and contra, failure, and success, but always value every process as a part of self-development.

For Pingkan, there are a lot of benefits to living and studying abroad.

Learning and living abroad makes you more open-minded. For example, when you form a group for an assignment. Your group members might consist of friends from different countries. When you try to come up with a recommendation, solution, or even conclusions, you may get much broader perspectives from your friends as they would form an opinion based on their tradition/culture from their home countries.

On the other hand, every day, you may meet kinds of performance or celebration from groups across countries and communities. We get to see lots of traditional costumes, hear national or traditional songs, even taste various foods and drinks.

Most importantly, Pingkan said, “Indonesian students that I knew in Melbourne were happy to share about our country, as all varieties are appreciated.”

Studying abroad also makes you more Independent & step out of your comfort zone. For example, students take part-time jobs no matter what role to learn to generate their own income. One of Pingkan’s first experience was taking a part-time job in a café in Melbourne after applying to many job openings. She learned a lot in terms of self-discipline by start working at 5.30 am, and of self-control when facing customers despite the circumstances and pressure. She is also self-motivated to push herself to think quickly and multitask, which was required most of the time, and to respect every input or critic on how to do tasks better.

Last but not least, you get to experience working in weather that does not happen in your home countries such as winter or spring. 

 

Mandiri Securities has now expanded to Singapore and became the only Investment Banking in Indonesia with a regional presence; it also expanded its business coverage by establishing a regional office in Singapore. At first, Pingkan was stationed in Indonesia but then promoted to work in Singapore.

According to her, working in a foreign company is a little different from working in Indonesia. Work is more fast-paced, the business coverage is greater and more global, and they also liaise with companies from other countries.

 

During our talk with her, Pingkan also gave tips for students to do well with their interview:

  1. Understand what your company needs before coming to the interview.
    For example, if you are applying for a Management Trainee program, you need to show the company that you are willing and ready to learn. And if you apply for a specific role you need to show how your profile can contribute to the company through the position/role.
  2. Smile
    Because making a good impression is important
  3. Maintain appropriate eye contact with the interviewers.

 

And that was our interview with Pingkan Natalia Ginting. Let’s all learn from her success and achieve our dream by trying our best and continuously develop ourselves to be better.

Thank you Pingkan, we wish you all the best in both your life and career.

See you in our next post.

Meet our alumni, Pingkan

 

Have you ever heard of Biochemistry? As the name states, it is a combination of Biology and Chemistry. It is a study of chemical processes within and relating to living organisms, or to put it simply; it is a study that learns of the very foundation of life itself. Biochemistry helps people understand topics as diverse as disease, genetics, evolution, and DNA. Inside each living thing, there is a mechanism that allows them to function correctly, and beneath that mechanism, too small for our eyes to see is chemical reactions that form them. Students who major in biochemistry are expected to understand living beings in a different way.


Biochemistry is generally divided into three fields. The first one is structural biology which studies molecular structure of biological macromolecules. Then there is Enzymology which studies the properties, activity, and significance of enzymes. And lastly there is metabolism which studies life-sustaining chemical reactions in organisms.


Through Biochemistry, we can create safe synthetic drugs, help forensic teams solve crimes, allows the development of agriculture and food, and much more. Although it is sometimes overshadowed with many other science majors like engineering and medicine, the study of Biochemistry is getting increasingly crucial in our life. With the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that the world needs more biochemists as they are the ones involved in researching for medicines and vaccines.


Becoming a Biochemistry student is not an easy task; there are a few things we recommend you to have to excel in it. A biochemistry student must possess strong skills in chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physics. The major also required you to have excellent writing and verbal skills since you will be writing a lot of research papers. Good public speaking skills could also be handy because you will be presenting your work to your peers and the general public sometimes.


With a Biochemistry degree, there are a lot of professions that you can take, including Academic researcher, Analytical chemist, Biomedical scientist, Biotechnologist, Forensic scientist, Medicinal chemist, Nanotechnologist, Pharmacologist, and many more.


Biochemistry is vital in the development of the world; they are involved in many medical advancements and are the ones that might one day find the cure and vaccine for COVID-19 or other illnesses like cancer. If you think Biochemistry is the right major for you, then you might want to check out our Foundation Year program and get the chance to enroll in Monash University, a world's top 100 University with one of the best biochemistry program in Australia.
That is all for today. See you in the next article.

 

Indonesia is famous for the many cultural uniqueness reflected in our arts, performances, and even food. One of the things we can all agree on is that Indonesia has beautiful traditional textiles with a uniqueness that can’t be found in other countries. One of those said textiles is Endek Bali; a traditional woven fabric originated from Bali.

This textile is so unique, vibrant, and beautiful that it even captured the attention of a world-renowned luxury brand. Yes, you might have heard of it. Christian Dior, a world-famous luxury brand, has chosen Endek Bali as the fabric for their Spring/summer 2021 collection.

The collection was first shown at Paris Fashion Week, on Tuesday, September 2020 at Jadin de Tuileries, France. It was a collection dominated by vibrant colours and different motives, and Endek Bali was a part of the many textiles used for the clothes.

According to Indonesian Ambassador for France, Arrmanatha Christiawan Nasir, “The use of Endek Bali fabrics for the Spring / Summer 2021 collection by Christian Dior, is a high recognition of the beauty and quality of Endek Bali fabrics. It is also expected to be an encouragement for the Balinese people amid the COVID-19 challenge.” As a form of recognition to the weavers in Bali, Christian Dior have also planned to include the area of ​​origin of the Endek fabric on the clothing label later.

To protect the cultural heritage of the Endek Bali fabric, the head of Dekranasda Bali, Putri Suastini Koster has made two conditions to Dior in fulfilling the supply of Endek Bali Fabric. The first is for the fabric to be supplied from Balinese artisans, and the second one is for Dior to acknowledge and understand that each fabric might differ from each other. This is since Endek Bali is not a fabric that could be mass-produced, and with each dip of the material, the color might differ. In response to this, Dior’s side has accepted these conditions and even says that it is what makes Endek Bali genuinely unique and limited edition.

As Indonesian, we have to be proud that Endek Bali has caught the attention of a major brand. Hopefully, in the future, there will be more brands that notice the beauty of Indonesian culture and integrate it into their brand.

That is all for today. Let us know what cultural heritage would you like to see used by renowned fashion brands.

These days, we are seeing more and more collaboration between luxury brands and streetwear brands. Some brands such as Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, and Christian Dior are famous for being luxury brands that target more mature customers and are also known for their quality products. With the rise of streetwear brands such as Supreme, Offwhite, and Comme Des Garcons, luxury brands are also starting to aim for younger generations. One of the efforts made by these brands is through collaboration with famous streetwear brands. 

Today, we will talk about some of the most iconic collaborations between brands. 

 

  1. VESPA EMPORIO ARMANI VESPA AND DIOR.

    Vespa officially introduced the Vespa 946, Emporio Armani. This collaboration marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Giorgio Armani and the 130th anniversary of the Piaggio Group. This collaboration scooter of two legendary Italian fashion icons is a special edition of the Vespa 946. Vespa 946 Emporio Armani is only available in one colour which is Armani's hallmark colour, namely grey. This is to complement the retro style of the Vespa 946 and further enhance its appeal. This Vespa was priced at One hundred ninety-six million Rupiahs when it was launched in 2015.

    After their successful collaboration with Armani, Vespa collaborated with Christian Dior to launch 946 Special Editions. There is a unique fact behind this collaboration; Vespa and Christian Dior were actually both founded in 1946. This collaboration is also a special edition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of Vespa and Christian Dior. Vespa 946 Christian Dior was designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, a Creative Director of women's clothing at Dior. Unique colours with great details and Livery using the typical Paris Fashion House motifs make this motorbike look so magnificent and with a glamorous style. This Vespa will be produced in Italy, but the price is not yet still unknown. But with the Dior motif, which is famous for its luxury, the price of this Vespa will undoubtedly be very high.

    If you look at some of the Vespa collaborations with these brands, you can see that Vespa is collaborating to celebrate the anniversary of the Vespa and the anniversary of the Brand. The partnership is intended to celebrate the success of the two brands. Vespa has many fans, and the fans of Vespa will hunt for these products. The limited number of product and people's excitement over it will definitely make Vespa prices high. For example, the Vespa 946 Emporio Armani was sold for 196 million. While in the automotive.com article in the year, 2019 states that one of the Instagram accounts @bisaboy sold a Vespa 946, Emporio Armani, for 500 million rupiahs. It can be ascertained that the Vespa 946 Dior price will be higher than the initial product price.


  2. LOUIS VUITTON X SUPREME AND ADIDAS X PRADA


    The world of Fashion was stirred up by the collaboration of 2 fashion brands that have different styles; the brand is Luis Vuitton (LV) and Supreme. LV comes from Paris, France, and generally, LV produces luxury goods such as bags, clothes, footwear. Meanwhile, Supreme comes from New York, United States, and Supreme usually creates streetwear, bags, clothes and equipment for playing Skate Board. According to an article from Kincir.com, "the idea for this collaboration came from Louis Vuitton's CEO, Michael Burke. Louis Vuitton's Art-Style Director, Kim Jones, explained that Burke was enthusiastic about collaborating with Supreme. According to him, Burke asked for suggestions on the idea of this collaboration and asked him to get in touch with Supreme founder James Jebbia so that Burke could speak directly about the idea". As we know, products from the collaboration between LV and Supreme are costly.


    The collaboration of Luxury Brands is also carried out by Adidas and Prada. To celebrate Adidas' 50th anniversary, Adidas is working with a fashion brand from Italy. In this product collaboration, Adidas and Prada issued an all-white concept. They present sneakers and bags. What makes it interesting is that this collaboration will only have 700 pieces worldwide. According to Prada, the limited-edition set is meant to honour timeless silhouettes and the raw simplicity that gave both brands their name. Adidas and Prada make bags, and the bag is called the Bowling Bag, the bag is made of white leather and features the Prada and Adidas Originals logos.

    The luxury brand collaboration above is exciting, where LV and Supreme made people surprised because they were considered to have different fashion styles. Adidas and Prada issued a very limited product. Even though these brands are 'luxury brands' and they are costly, many people are very interested and want to own these products.


  3. H&M X GIAMBATTISTA VALLI AND BALMAIN

    collaboration between H&M and Giambattista Valli.  Giambattista Valli is a fashion designer. He is famous for her expertise in making beautiful and luxurious dresses; he is also a favourite designer of well-known celebrities. The collaboration between Giambattista Valli and H&M produced 61 pieces for women and 53 pieces for men. This collection uses a genderless concept so that both men and women can use it. Famous celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Chiara Ferragni, Bianca Brandolini, Chris Lee, and Ross Lynch were seen wearing the Giambattista Valli x H&M collection for the first time. Reportedly, some of the H&M x Giambattista Valli collections were sold out at selected H&M boutiques and online sites in just a few minutes.

    Previously in 2015, H&M also collaborated with other designers, namely Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director for Balmain. Since its establishment in 1945, Balmain is a reasonably exclusive fashion house and does not create clothing for retailers. So, this collaboration is quite surprising. According to an article from fimela.com Olivier, Rousteing was invited to collaborate with H&M by telephone. For the latest collection, H&M collaborates with Balmain to create a fashion design that still has Balmain's trademark, but the price is quite affordable for H&M consumers. At the 2015 Billboard Music Award, Olivier Rousteing introduced the H&M x Balmain collection on the red carpet, Kendall Jenner and Jourdan Dunn using the design of the product.

    Collaboration in the fashion world is exciting, especially what H&M is doing, H&M collaborates with famous designers to make their products even more attractive. Not only that, even though they collaborate with renowned designers who often design clothes for top artists, H&M keeps the price of their clothes affordable. That's why when people saw the H&M collaboration with famous designers it was quite surprising


  4. DIOR X AIR JORDAN AND COMMES DES GARCONS X CONVERSE

    Dior and Jordan Brand unveiled their collaborative Air Jordan 1 at the Dior pre-fall 2020 show in Miami. Kim Jones is the person who designed Air Jordan 1. He uses the same principles as luxury bags with the aim make the most luxurious Air Jordan 1 ever. Air Jordan 1 is made in Italy featuring a mixture of white and Dior Gray leather. According to an article written by Jonathan Sawyer at www.highsnobiety.com, "Our partnership with Maison Dior will offer a new look into the style of basketball and blend high-end streetwear with luxury fashion. We will pay homage to both brands' rich iconography and draw inspiration from our heritage." Said Martin Lotti, Jordan Brand VP of Design. Reportedly, Dior shoes are only available 8,500 pairs worldwide.



    Collaboration with Famous brands was also carried out by Converse. Converse has successfully collaborated with other brands before; Converse is back to collaborating with famous brands that are no less good; they collaborated with COMME des Garcons (CDG). CDG is a brand that was founded by Rei Kawakubo in Japan in 1973. The first collaboration between CDG and Converse was the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, the shoes were black and white, which made it look classic. After That, CDG and Converse collaboration highlighted the concept of Filip Pagowski's signature Comme des Garcons heart-shaped logo. The price of these shoes is quite affordable compared to other street style fashion.

    A brand certainly wants to create something new; they are collaborating with famous brands; of course, they want to increase the interest of sneakers hunters. What makes these items unique is, of course, the Limited Number of item. This price can be higher because the goods are only sold in a few in the world. Collaboration like that is what often happens in the world of brands

 

Those are some of the most iconic brand collaborations. With the younger generations rising up more in society and becoming the biggest customer market to date, it is understandable that some luxury brands are starting to aim for younger audiences. Collaborating with famous brands loved by younger customers are one of the easiest ways to reintroduce their brand to younger customers. 

Tell us what your favourite collaboration is. See you in the next article.