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Story of Changing Career: From Village Assistant to Opening an Architecture Studio

When starting a career, a person will usually be faced with several choices, namely continuing or moving to another field that feels more promising. Swerving in the career world is not something that is prohibited. Several people have done it, Asyiqarizqi (27) is one of them.

In 2017, after graduating from one of the state universities in Malang, Asyiqa started her career as a technical facilitator for the Infrastructure Engineering Village Assistant (PDTI) from the Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration (KDPDTT). On a daily basis, he facilitates the development, management and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure in 17 villages in East Java.

In the midst of her busy life, Asyiqa met a planning design consultant. This meeting actually brought about big changes in the journey of the woman who loved drawing. First, he began to have the courage to add a side job by opening a freelance architectural service.

Then, entering 2020, Asyiqa decided to resign from her job as a PDTI technical facilitator. Armed with freelance architectural experience and an appropriate educational background, together with two colleagues, he then opened an architectural design service called Rafter Archstudio. According to Asyiqa, by opening her own business, she has pocketed time flexibility and freedom from various regulations.

Asyiqa's Rafter Archstudio provides building, residential, interior, landscape, master planning and urban design services. To date, the studio has received several design services, such as for residences, mosques, cafes and parks. Asyiqa hopes that in the future Rafter Archstudio will not only provide design services, but also include construction services. Therefore, he continues to look for scholarship opportunities to perfect his knowledge.

This effort then bore sweet fruit. Asyiqa managed to get a full scholarship from her old campus to study Masters in Construction Management in Malaysia. Armed with these studies, Asyiqa admitted that she was more ready to expand her architectural studio.

Preparation before changing careers

Do you currently also intend to change career paths? If so, it is important to pay attention and prepare the following things.

  • Think about how satisfied you are with your current role
  • Evaluating current job satisfaction is key to determining whether it is time to change career paths. This can be done by making a list of performance achievements that have been achieved so far. For example, what projects have been successfully carried out, how superiors evaluate performance, and awards received from internal and external companies.

  • Pay Attention to Your Interests and Skills
  • It is important for you to see the success achieved during your educational and professional years. If you tend to excel in one particular area, it's time for you to start thinking about future potential that can be developed.

  • Consider Career Prospects in Other Fields
  • Make a list of career options that you might be able to pursue in the future by considering your interests and skills. Next, talk to friends, family, or your professional network to get an honest assessment of the career options you are considering. After that, you can do research on the most suitable company for the position.

  • Create an Action Plan
  • After determining the right career choice, it's time to think about concrete steps to achieve it. Prepare various supports such as education, certification and skills in this field. Next, create a timeline for each step.

  • Improve Your Self Image
  • Before you start applying for new jobs that are different from your previous career path, it's time to rebrand. You can start by improving your resume and profile on social media to create a personality that suits that field. Apart from that, to further convince the company, you can also ask your colleagues to provide testimonials on professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, about your strengths.

    That's the story about changing gears in the career world and tips if you intend to do it. It is important to remember, choosing a career is the same as judging yourself. This is a matter of whether you are able to see your skills and interests within yourself to develop into the right field or not.

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