The Professionals

[THE PROFESSIONALS] Creative Designer by Dennisa Nisyam

Hi! I know it’s been a while since the last The Professionals entry. But I’ve been really busy. I didn’t have the time to look for contributors. Then Rora came along and recommended Dennis to write! Thank you so much Rora and Dennis! ♥

Don’t you wanna be a lawyer?

A doctor?

An engineer?

Apparently, I don’t.

The name is Dennis, 23 years old, Jakarta-based 9-5 prisoner.

I’ve been drowning myself in the fashion field for almost 2 years as a Creative Designer for a fashion house. I’m a textile craft graduate, so I guess it’s kinda goes along the path.

I know I’d wanted to take the said major since I was in elementary school, so I believe that my family already prepared for my future career and the instability of the creative industry. I’ve been in love with the creative industry: film, music, art and craft in general since I was a kid. Frankly, I can bravely say that being a Creative Designer is my dream job. I graduate with a little note to my lecturers: I don’t want a career as a commercial designer. That’s for sure.

So, I applied to this designer as one of his creative team.

What’s a creative team?

It’s basically people, more than one designer, who develop the idea that the main designer makes; make it come true in any way possible. Graphic for invitations and lookbooks, multimedia, image branding, color plans for the next collection, music for the fashion show, anything. That’s what we do. There are two sub-divisions under the Creative Department: Graphic Designers and Creative Designer. The graphic kiddos do the layout, pattern making, shows invitation, catalogs, technical drawing, everything that needs visual development in graphic terms. Meanwhile, my position as the Creative Designer requires me to be able to do things like: style research and development, color plan for the collection, details, material hunting, I practically do everything that the main designer does as his right hand. I have to take care of every fashion show he makes: the whole collection; the music and the concept in every single detail possible: rundown, lighting, models, make up, hairstyle, you name it.

The fun part is, well, it is fun. If you like this kinda stuff, if you want to be a designer, it’s a really good start. You can learn a lot, from concept making to production and the final show. So many connections, so much experience. You can also have access to designers’ stuff as well if you like one.

Okay, now the less fun part, it’s tiring. Like any job in the whole universe, it’s tiring. Like, physically tiring, because you have to be at the venue at 6:30 for rehearsal and stay until 3 in the morning. But more or less, I can’t find anything bad about it, it’s fun, it’s challenging, but not for stash-minded people. Creative workers are still underpaid.

You don’t have to be an art graduate to be on the team, as long as you can deal with the Adobe Illustrator and its friends, it’s totally okay. You love fashion, love its elements, you can join the team. Because get in, loser, we’re going shopping!

Got anything to discuss? Feel excited about the whole concept? Contact me at .

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[THE PROFESSIONALS] Financial Auditor by Marsya Chikita

(Marsya is shy xD -red)

(Marsya is shy xD -red)

Hi, my name is Marsya, 24 years old. I have worked as a Financial Auditor for almost 2 years in one of multinational public accounting firms in Jakarta. I applied for the job through campus recruitment before I graduated. I was interested in this job because I heard that an auditor is the hardest profession in the accounting sector and I wanted to try the hardest one first 8D (masochist, yes). In the company that I was in, Financial Audit are divided into 3 business sectors: energy/mining, financial services (banking, etc), and others (Telecommunication, Retail, Plantation, Hospitality, Manufacture, etc) and I was in the Others, so I was in the audit team for retail, plantation, and manufacture business.

In a public accounting firm, as a fresh graduate, you will start from the Associate level. Generally, you have responsibilities that include a financial audit on some low to moderate risk financial statement line items or areas such as Treasury/Cash or Payroll, and assist your team member, who has higher level(s) than you, to do audit on high risk area, such as Taxation, Revenues, Accruals, etc. The areas that will be assigned to you will be different for each client. The smaller the client, more areas that you will get, since they tend to get fewer members in a team and the financial transactions are not complex.

The audit process itself is the same as the ones in financial auditing textbook, starting from understanding the business process, doing test of control and details, etc. You must discuss it with the process owners (for example, discuss with HRD manager regarding Payroll process) and obtain some documents as evidence (if it is first year client or the process has major changes from last year) to fully understand the business process and decide whether the controls are sufficient enough for the process.

In doing test of controls and details, you have to cooperate with the clients/process owners, from the staff to the manager level, in obtaining the documents that you need to review as your audit evidences and do more discussions, if the documents have exceptions, such as the documents that don’t have any authorisation evidence in it, the information in the documents are not in line with the information that recorded by the clients, etc. And finally, you will review the financial statement and make sure it is free from miscalculations and typos.

To be good in financial audit, you need to have good comprehension of Financial Auditing (of course), Financial Accounting (including Financial Accounting Standard), Cost & Management Accounting, and Accounting Information Systems a.k.a all foundation subjects in accounting 8D You also need to have a good time management and adapt quickly to new environment, because we will work in the client’s site and the team members are different for each client, plus the deadlines are always tight, so you will do overtime especially in peak season (September–March). You also have to be meticulous and analytical, since you will review many numbers, calculations, and process narratives.

Although the job seems to be hard, I learned so many things within these 2 years. You are always exposed to many new challenges by having different clients in different business sectors with different team members, and I believe I won’t get these experiences if I work in a company. So if you are graduates of the accounting major and love to face new challenges and environments that is related with financial accounting, this job will be suitable for you XD Well, I think that’s all that I can share XD If you want to ask me more about this job, you can contact me at :D

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[THE PROFESSIONALS] Electrical Engineer by Dinda

Electrical Engineer by Dinda

Hi, I’m Dinda, I’m an Electrical Engineer. Some of you would probably ask, “Can you fix my TV? My broken DVD player?” Unfortunately no, I can’t fix broken electronic devices. What I do is, I build the electrical system of substations (Gardu Induk), plants (as in manufacturing plants, not the ones in your backyard), also on mining, oil, and gas facilities. Totally different.

Basically, there are three main phases in a project: Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC). On engineering phase, I design the electrical system based on the client requirements. I collaborated with other engineering disciplines. For instance, when we build a gold ore processing facility:
– Process Engineers will design the plant model;
– Mechanical Engineers will determine what type of machines needed, based on plant model;
– Instrumentation Engineers will design the plant’s control system and communication system (telephone, internet, cctv, etc.);
– Safety Engineers will design safety-related equipment, such as smoke detectors, fire pumps, warning system, etc; and
– Civil Engineers will design the buildings, including processing area, electrical/control room, office room, housing complex (if necessary), etc.

Each of the above requires power/electric source, and it’s my job to “stitch” these requirements together. I determine the overall power needed, whether it will be supplied from utility line (PLN) or generator(s), whether it will need backup power, which load have to remain running even when the power source fails, etc. All of these to design the electrical system, including the materials and equipment needed to build the system. Beside that, I’m also in charge of designing the lighting system of the area (far more simple than architectural lighting design), cabling, and grounding system.

On procurement phase, I do technical evaluation for documents submitted by electrical vendors to our Procurement Teams, then give recommendations based on those. Lastly, the construction phase is done on site, where I help supervise to make sure the construction follows the design.

I love this job because I get to work for different clients, designing different electrical systems, at different locations. The working hours are regular 8AM to 5PM with 1 hour flexible time. Most of the projects are middle to long term (>6 months), so I rarely need to work overtime and on weekends. The dress code for engineers are mostly casual. Jeans are wearable throughout the weekdays, but t-shirts are for Fridays only. This job requires traveling to remote location, but not frequent, depends on the project requirement.

To be an Electrical Engineer, you need a degree (S1) in Electrical Engineering, focusing on Power Engineering (Arus Kuat). Please don’t hesitate to contact me at dinda(at) for more info.

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[THE PROFESSIONALS] Lighting Designer by Fathia Qadreza


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My name is Echa, almost 25 years old. Currently a Lighting Designer. Yay~

I’ve been working in an architectural lighting consultant in Jakarta for more than one and a half year. In my university life, I took industrial design as my major. Still goes along the path I think.

I never knew that I would fall in love deeply with the lighting world. The closest thing I did with lighting was admiring the sunshine. Well, after graduating from my university, I still didn’t know what my passion was. I loved stationery, but there was no product-based-stationery-design-office around and entrepreneurship was not my thing. Furniture design was too bland for my liking; automotive was too complex, kitchenware too. Until one day, I idly asked my senior about a job vacancy in her office (my current office now). Luckily, there was!

Every time I mention my job, especially to my family or several friends who didn’t take design as their major, they will throw me a lot of questions like, “What do you do as a lighting designer?”, “Do you sell some lamps?”, “Oh! Like the one in the concert?”, “tukang lampu?”, et cetera. And I will easily answer them with this sentence, “No. I do architectural lighting, like apartments, hotels, houses… even amusement park.” And they will go, “Aaaahh.. I see.”

Actually it’s a bit more complex than that. My job is to design the lighting of several areas (or it could be all areas, based on contract) in one architectural project. Designing the light doesn’t mean that I have to make one place so bright so that a particular place won’t be too dark. Lighting design is about setting the right mood, the right brightness, the right colour to a place so it could bring the right mood and amount of light towards the subjects. So basically, a project is not only a project to a lighting designer. It’s a stage.

The fun part of my job is actually when designing itself. So fun, like that’s the right time to let your imagination go wild. I have fun doing this part, especially when making a concept, because the client needs to find the correlation between the design and the reasons behind it. And because the lighting job is to lit up things, our concept presentation will come at the very last after the interior or architecture designer does the concept. And here it comes, the adrenaline. Because I need to catch up with their pace.

After that, the boring part: producing the drawings. Not all the lovey-dovey drawings that is all in concept and designing. This is the technical drawing. I can’t attach any examples about technical drawing because all of my current project is still ongoing. But it is so euggggh no words can explain it. It’s all about lines on a paper. A lot of lines, straight lines, arc lines, circles, curves, etc. But this is necessary because this is the drawing that would be processed to be constructed. Sometimes I get so philosophical towards this production stage. I believe that nothing in life comes as easy as everyone hopes. You have to carefully plan, carefully measure everything, so you can get what you want. So does this building… and the process.

The last part, fun again! And tiring. Checking the site, and checking the ‘baby’ that’s been already designed carefully. The feeling is like seeing your own baby can finally walk by themselves. Proud. I’ve felt it once when my first lamp is done. That was my first lighting product project. But too bad I’ve never been there and seen it with my own eyes. It was for Tentrem Hotel. So if you guys happen to stay a while in that hotel, please go to the swimming pool or the great balcony and take the pole lamp picture and mention it to my twitter @echaoke. :3 As for the rest of the whole lighting in the hotel, it was done by my seniors in the office.

To pursue a career as a lighting designer, all you need is passion. There’s still no undergraduate degree for a lighting design specifically. Usually, students from physics engineering, architecture, interior design, and industrial design apply for this job. But if you happen to love lighting, just go~ :) I could be reached via twitter easily @echaoke if there’s any questions pops in your head.

“It takes darkness to be aware of the light.” ― Treasure Tatum

PS. Sst.. I have this current obsession to fix the lighting in SM Entertainment’s practice room. The fixtures is so… ugh why don’t they make it recessed, it would be better. If there is someone reading this post and could tell anyone in SM to change it, please do.

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[THE PROFESSIONALS] Graphic Designer/Illustrator by Karima Nurrahmi

Karima is one of the designers for Spazz & Dazz. Her Photoshop edits of EXO are so awesome, don’t be surprised to see the number of notes in her Tumblr. I like her style so much, I’ve asked her to design my new blog skin. And her vector art is great UGH ♥


Name’s Karima, some people call me Karimcuy, others call me Karimjong, and I call myself a dreamer.

I’m currently 24 years old, and working as an illustrator/graphic designer in Bandung, Indonesia.

Before I tell you what an illustrator/graphic designer does, let me tell you how I ended up in this creative industry.

I had sooooo many dream jobs when I was a child; engineer, news announcer, president, astronomer, diplomat, artist, and comic illustrator. I grew up with animation movies, comic books, and video games, but I never thought I’d really work on that field. I thought it was nothing but a childhood dream, because neither of my parents nor my academic life led me into that way. I attended science class at high school and planned to apply to the Urban Planning Major (since I loved playing Sim City) because dad wanted me to. So yeah, Urban Planning was good, BUT hold up, I was still keeping this dream of becoming an illustrator or anything related with drawing. I imagined how cool it’d be to make video games or animation movies (even though later I found out I wasn’t that into them). So I mentioned this to my parents, that I’d like to apply to Visual Communication Design and here I am, successfully graduated even though perhaps they slightly doubted my major at first. “Where are you going to work?” is a common question when you study at Visual Communication Design/Faculty of Art and Design, it’s like an alien major to most of the elders. If some of you have the same problem with me, just tell your parents not to worry, because graphic designers are needed everywhere and you can start to earn money even before you graduate.

Why did I want to attend visual communication major? Well, I think people like illustrators, artists, animators, writers, and developers work like magic, like they can create something impossible with their hands, something beyond most of human’s imagination, touch people’s hearts and shape their way of thinking. How much does a comic or an animation movie influence the way you think?

Now, what am I doing as an illustrator/graphic designer?

Well, I draw and make photo manipulation of pretty boys. Kidding. But those are my sweet escape.

People say a designer solves problems, but I’d like to say that I’m a messenger. Well, not a really good messenger yet, but hey I’m trying! Hard! And no, I’m not illustrating comic, my preference has shifted in a certain way. I send messages to people through my drawing and graphic, yes, like this:

and this

and this

The last one is the current project that I’m working on. Please anticipate and download the game once it’s released. ;)

The upsides of this job are:

  • You work with creative, fun, and crazy people! Good way to stay young.
  • You can work remotely as long as there’s a laptop and an internet connection.
  • You’ll have to use your imagination and it’s totally fun.
  • You’re making pretty stuff 8D
  • You’ll need to fuel yourself with comics, games, movies, music, things that are fun to keep that creative flame burning!

The downsides of this job:

  • You’ll meet clients from hell and sometimes what they want is against your principles as a designer, plus absurd concept of working time. Brace yourself!
  • Tight deadlines and client pressure if you work at a design agency.
  • The fresh graduate salary isn’t that good compared with, say, a law or engineering graduate.
  • You’ll have to face a computer screen aaaall daaay loooooong and it’s unhealthy.

For you out there who want to pursue a career as an illustrator/graphic designer, the thing you need the most is creativity! It’s really good if you can draw really well, but idea is the core. This job requires you to think out of the box and come out with wonderful crazy-ass ideas (that sell *cough*).

How to be creative? Hmmm there are plenty of “how to be creative” tips on the internet but this one is my favorite, I set it as my phone wallpaper.

There’s also the chicken soup for the designer souls, like PikaLand, 99u, and JessicaHische.

Here’s my portfolio website, if you need to hire a freelance graphic designer/illustrator, email me at, or if you’re a youngster who doesn’t know what to do with your future, and you think this job is cool and you need further information, don’t hesitate to poke me on Twitter @eee_makarema, I’m quite responsive heheh.

I think that’s all folks, stay young and don’t let your inner child die. Adios.

What is The Professionals? Read it here.

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