“Sekolah Ciputra is potentially one of the best schools in Surabaya. It strongly emphasizes student participation, ECA, and soft skills.”

YUNITA BEATRIX OESMAN
GRADUATED: 2007

1. After graduating from Sekolah Ciputra, where do you study? What is your major?
– Bellevue College, majoring in Accounting and Economics (Associates Degree).
– University of Washington, majoring in Economics (Bachelor Degree).

2. What did you do after graduating from university?
When I was studying at the University of Washington, I interned at Goldman Sachs as a summer analyst in their Securitization Operation Team, which set the course for my career in the financial industry. After graduating from university, I pursued another internship with Deloitte Consulting in their Financial Industry Services team. I then joined Bank Danamon as a management graduate and earned a position as an Associate Product Manager for their affluent banking segment. I furthered my career by joining Citibank as the Product Manager for their Affluent Card segment. When I moved to Australia, I took a career break to raise my family. In 2021, I joined Experian Credit Bureau as an Associate Product Manager. 

3. What is your current occupation? Please share an overview
I work as a Product Specialist at BP, Melbourne, Australia. The Product Specialist role is similar to that of a Product Manager. The main responsibility of this role is to manage the end-to-end process, ensuring that the product we launch reaches the customer. This means the role requires extensive collaboration with manufacturers/plants, supply chain teams, sales teams, and more. My current project involves relaunching the Castrol product portfolio with a new brand and look.

4. What is the biggest challenge as a Product Specialist? How do you overcome it?
The biggest challenge for me is that it is a very different field compared to my background in the financial industry. Currently, the world is grappling with a supply chain crisis and inflation. Learning how the supply chain works for a portfolio of 1000 products is a steep learning curve. However, my best approach to overcome this challenge is to maintain a continuous learning mindset and understand that there are no challenges I cannot overcome if I am willing to learn.

5. What was the biggest challenge of moving to a new country?
Cultural differences pose the biggest challenge when moving to a new country. Each country has its unique charms, cultures, and distinct ways of doing things.

6. What do you enjoy most about your new environment?
I like the fact that Australians are sensible, with no significant gun issues, excellent infrastructure, low crime rates, and government support in healthcare. I particularly love Melbourne for its vibrant cafe culture, abundance of delicious Asian cuisine, and laid-back atmosphere.

7. In what way did Sekolah Ciputra contribute to your job right now?
Confidence in conversing and presenting in English is a significant advantage I gained from Sekolah Ciputra.

8. What was the best thing about Sekolah Ciputra? Tell us something memorable from your time at Sekolah Ciputra.
The lifelong friendships I made were invaluable. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in extracurricular activities and being involved in student organizations at Sekolah Ciputra. One of the most memorable moments was when I actively participated in the student organization (OSIS) and successfully advocated for a change in the shoe policy, allowing students to wear non-black shoes. Another unforgettable experience was competing in DBL (Deteksi Basketball League).

9. What advice would you give to a graduating student?
Choose a major/subject in university that you are genuinely passionate about and never cease your pursuit of knowledge in that field. Have confidence that all your schooling and involvement in school activities will ultimately contribute to shaping your future career. If you encounter obstacles along the way, remember that there are no challenges we cannot overcome if we are willing to learn. Resilience and humility are key attributes to cultivate on this journey.

10. Would you recommend Sekolah Ciputra to others? If yes, what would you say about it?
Yes, Sekolah Ciputra is potentially one of the best schools in Surabaya. It strongly emphasizes student participation, extracurricular activities, and the development of essential soft skills needed in life, rather than solely focusing on academic achievements like traditional schools.

11. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
It can be challenging to find free time when you have two little kids to take care of, but I truly enjoy playing with them. Additionally, I find great pleasure in having a relaxed morning, savoring a delicious latte and a croissant. However, most of the time, I indulge in watching Korean dramas while enjoying a bowl of Shin Ramyun.

12. Anything else you would like to share?
Stay hungry, stay foolish, and relish the experience of high school along with the lifelong friendships you’re bound to cultivate!

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