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Jakarta Post

Govt searches for ways to bridge yawning skills gap

  • Made Anthony Iswara and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Fri, August 9 2019   /  12:08 am
Source: Statistics Indonesia (BPS)

Source: Statistics Indonesia (BPS)Born in North Kalimantan’s Tanjung Selor, architecture student Diandra Faradina, 23, has come to realize that she has learned more usable skills from her three freelance jobs — none of which had relevance to her major — than from her formal education.With only a year left before graduation, she has little hope she can find a decent job from her degree, considering that many of her friends have either taken jobs totally unrelated to their majors or have opted to become civil servants out of desperation to earn a living.At worst, other graduates remain jobless several months after graduating, she said, forcing them to move out of town to seek employment.“Meanwhile, schools are expensive and a lot of us have to take up side jobs to pay the expenses. But well-paid architectural jobs are so hard to apply for, es...