PENDIDIKAN

Kiat Membuat Esai untuk Beasiswa

Saya tekankan bahwa tidak ada rumus pasti dalam membuat esai untuk bakal diterima. Ini hanyalah opini pribadi berdasarkan pengalaman dan testimoni yang pernah saya baca di internet ditambah intuisi terhadap pengalaman pribadi. Prinsip dasar dalam esai kita agar berpeluang diterima antara lain:

  1. Bahasa simpel dan to the point.
  2. Konkrit menceritakan pencapaian.
  3. Konkrit menjelaskan rencana kita dalam membangun daerah dan negara.

Biasanya selaku penyelenggara beasiswa selalu memperbarui sistem dan mekanisme seleksi. Ada kemungkinan bahwa pertanyaan dimodifikasi. Tetapi sebagai gambaran, berikut ini adalah pertanyaan kunci yang diisi saat melamar ke Australia Award Indonesia dan New Zealand Scholarship pada tahun 2018 lalu.

 

NEW ZEALAND SCHOLARSHIP

  • Briefly describe the work of organisation you are/were working with (max. 250 words)
  • Briefly describe your duties/responsibilities (max. 250 words)
  • What skills and knowledge do you hope to gain from your proposed study? (max. 250 words)
  • Why are the skills and knowledge you describe above important to your country’s development? (max. 250 words). Where possible you should refer to data and research that supports your argument
  • How will you use your new knowledge and skills to contribute to the development of your home country? (max. 250 words)
  • Describe a situation when it was important for you to work with someone you didn’t know. Describe how you built a good working relationship in a school or work setting. What action did you take and what was the outcome? (max. 350 words)
  • Describe a situation when you had to work very hard to achieve what was required. What action did you take and what was the outcome? (max. 350 words)
  • Why did you decide to apply to study in New Zealand? (max. 250 words)
  • If you are successful in being awarded a scholarship, what challenges do you think you will face living and studying in a different country, and how do you intend to overcome these? Include both study and personal challenges. (max. 250 words)

 

AUSTRALIA AWARD INDONESIA

  • How did you choose your proposed course and institution? (max. 2000 characters)
  • How will the proposed study contribute to your career? (max. 2000 characters)
  • How have you contributed to solving a challenge and to implementing change or reform? Be specific and include: what aspect/s of your leadership knowledge, skills and practice you consider to be well established and effective; which people or organisations you worked with to solve the problem; and what creative methods were used. (max. 2000 characters)
  • Give up to three practical examples of how you intend to use the knowledge, skills and connections you will gain from your scholarship. Possible tasks can be personal and/or professional; and list any possible constraints you think may prevent you from achieving these tasks. (max. 2000 characters)

 

Menurut hemat saya, kita harus bisa mengidentifikasi dan menguraikan apa keberhasilan dalam pekerjaan. Menilai kelebihan diri sendiri itu menurut saya sulit. Sesulit menilai kelemahan diri sendiri (lha, trus yang mudah apa ya). Sehingga harus disimulasi. Minta pendapat orang terdekat yang bisa melihat kita lebih jelas dari luar. Karena melihat diri sendiri itu memang tidak mudah. Setidaknya itu pengalaman saya. Bisa saja teman-teman berbeda cerita. 

 

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