Vittoria Zagari is a participant in the 2018 Creative Arts and Design Professional Practicum from Murdoch University. Vittoria is studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Games Art and Design. Vittoria received a $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant to support her participation in this program.
Q: Why did you decide to undertake ACICIS’ Creative Arts & Design Professional Practicum?
I already had a strong love for Jakarta, as my boyfriend was born there. So I wanted to experience the crazy city for an extended amount of time, and alone, as well as pick up some credit toward my degree.
Q: How will the Creative Arts & Design Professional Practicum benefit or influence your future career?
It has given me the opportunity to improve my communications skills, as well as international workplace experience, which is invaluable to me as I am planning on working overseas in the future.
Q: Which organisation did you intern with? What were your roles and responsibilities?
I completed my internship at Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first unicorn business. I was placed in the HR Marketing team, where I did some graphic design work and content proof-reading.
Q: How is the work culture of your host organisation different to work experience you have had in Australia?
Life at Go-Jek is quite relaxed, with flexible working hours, and everyone is treated like the adults they are. You can work from anywhere at anytime as long as you meet your deadlines and are responsible. I found the office culture to be quite social – we always had lunch together, for example – and everyone seems to want to get to know each other, even short-term interns like me. I find that it takes longer for people to warm up to each to other in Australian work places.
Q: Would you like to return to work in Indonesia again in future?
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time in Indonesia?
Mostly go to shopping malls and find good, cheap food. Traffic is intense, so usually finding one place and then hanging out there for the whole day is ideal.
Q: Favourite place to eat and favourite Indonesian food?
The level 2 food hall at Pasaraya Blok M was my favourite place to eat – it’s so cheap and super delicious. I loved to eat Martabak and Nasi Goreng, of course.
Q: Favourite Indonesian word/phrase?
Q. What places in Indonesia have you visited during your practicum so far?
I have only been to Yogyakarta, with plans to come back and see Bandung and Bogor.