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Jakarta Post

Take it or leave it: Fresh grads navigate the unknown world of work and salaries

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 10, 2019   /  10:37 am
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Two prospective job seekers see job openings during the job fair at the Mega Career Expo in Balai Kartini, Jakarta, in this file photo dated Aug. 23, 2013.(JP/Nurhayati)

For many Indonesians, talking about salary in public is like talking about sex: It is taboo. People keep it a secret. They blush and avoid the conversation whenever it comes up. This lack of information often leaves fresh graduates in the dark. Most of them are clueless about the benefits and salaries they will earn in their first job. They also do not know how to transit into the world of employment. For university students, such as Rian Antony, 21, fresh graduates have to expand their experience, show their good work and, later, a good salary will follow. “For me, Rp 4 million (US$281.27) is already very adequate for a fresh graduate. […] In comparison, I have a fresh graduate friend from a law faculty who is paid Rp 2 million per month. My friend who works as a nonpermanent teacher earns Rp 700,000 to Rp 1.4 million a month. […] So for me, Rp 4 million is ...