The result of Alumni Survey 2021 suggests VDMI provides entrepreneurship programs for alumni and grantees. Thus, on August 19th and 20th VDMI held the Entrepreneurship Program (batch 1) facilitated by Bapak Ibnu Suryana (CEO Legryvin Insan Prima) and Bapak Iwan Hartawan (President Director PT Mitra Sigma Tekindo). There will be two batches for this Entrepreneurship Program. Batch 2 will be held on August 25th and 26th.
There are few opportunities available outside Indonesian big cities. All university graduates try to get a job in the big cities. Furthermore, many university graduates are not ready to join the high standard of workforces. This condition makes entrepreneurship the solution for equal development across Indonesia. So, Pak Ibnu encouraged the participants to continue to be entrepreneurs.
Pak Iwan continued by sharing his experience in starting his business. Pak Iwan highlighted to never say ‘No’ to opportunities regardless of the scale. Take every opportunity. This is because we never really know what is best for us. So, taking every opportunity may lead us to the one that is best for us. Furthermore, Pak Iwan highlighted that a good business had experienced loss. There are no businesses that have never experienced loss. So. The most important is our attitude toward the loss.
In the second session for batch 1, Pak Ibnu guided the participants to do the SWOT analysis on the participants’ goals. Technical skill is important. Yet, soft skills, the ability to manage people, and the ability to manage businesses are also essential. Other essential factors are consistency and endurance.
Furthermore, Pak Iwan suggested there are three types of entrepreneurs: Those who want to start, those who keep ups and down, and those who have stable businesses. In starting a business, start from home, start from things that can be delegated, and start with doing a fast-moving business. When selling something, first we should prepare 10 questions that customers might ask along with the answers.
Tomy Jarvindo, a VDMI grantee from Tanjungpura University, asked the facilitators what youths should prepare to excel in today’s world. Pak Iwan explained, in this world, several things had never been taught of such as childrearing and financial management. People tend to do what their parents do. When parents have financial issues, the children tend to have financial issues. “So, my suggestion to youths from low socioeconomic status, never do what your parents do. Find better ways and Learn from the best,” Pak Iwan highlighted.