Teatime with Nasuha Ali: Tricks to Compete in the Professional World

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To become a professional, we must be able to decide whether to be a generalist or a specialist. Even though there are some people who choose to be generalists, they can do anything, but it’s best if pursuing your field of specialization can be a direction since you are a student. Specialization in the field of study and expertise will be very decisive when you enter the world of professional work.

“In the world of work, there is someone who chooses to be a ‘yes man. Or, for example, if you want to be a specialist, from the start, your portfolio will lead to the speciality you want to go to,” said Nasuha Ali, copywriter at Edutech Zenius Education, during the Teatime talk show, Friday, August 27, 2021.

Through the live Instagram Live channel, Nasuha told how he started his career and struggled with rivalries in the professional world. “Students of communication like to create creative projects, so this work and portfolio are your capital to face competition.

Instead, they have more experience. How can fresh graduates compete with anyone who already has at least one to two years of experience?” said Nasuha Ali, who is also an alumnus of UII of the Department of Communications. “Yes, multiply the work and project experience, you can do research with lecturers, the program with friends, and so on. That experience is what makes us competitive with those professionals with one or two years of experience,” he advised.

According to him, campus and college activities helped him face the world of work. Many courses that contributed to helping him now thrive in the world of copywriting.

“In the past, there were basic courses on writing theory, advertising, basic PR (Public Relations), and writing press releases. We are trained to write in the field of strategic communication,” said Nasuha, reminiscing about his college days.

In the past, Nasuha told us that he had tried this and that work experience. Starting from participating in lecturer programs, work programs with friends, to registering in trivial jobs. That’s his way of knowing the complexity of the world of work. He also ended up still having to struggle to send hundreds of applications. 

The competitors, according to him, are those who have work experience, even though the vacancies are intended for fresh graduates. The key and the main competitive capital is the experience of community and academic activities while studying at UII of the Department of Communications.