JAKARTA, PRINDONESIA.CO – After completing his undergraduate degree in the Department of Mass Media of Jenderal Soedirman University, Firman, as Akhmad Firmannamal is usually called, built has a career in a sports company. That's when he felt compelled to take up the field of public relations (PR). The reason is, it is more challenging in terms of duties and roles. The PR profession also allows a wider audience to network and collaborate.
Armed with the knowledge in the field of communication and experience working in the world of PR, in 2008, the man who was born in Jakarta applied as a state civil apparatus at the Ministry of State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia. At that time, he served as an institutional relations policy analyst. Firman was demanded to be swift and flexible in building communication between the presidential institution and state institutions such as the People's Consultative Assembly, House of Representatives, Regional Representatives Council, Supreme Court, Constitutional Court, Supreme Audit Agency, and Bank Indonesia.
Unsatisfied with his experience, he deepened his knowledge by applying for the Australian Development Scholarship (ADS) from the Australian Government. In just 1.5 years, Firman achieved his Master of Communication degree from The University of Queensland (UQ) Brisbane, Australia. During this period, the man who has the principle of "Never gets tired of studying" has gained many new insights both academically and non-academically. Including, networking globally.
Upon his return to Indonesia in 2013, Firman received the mandate as Head of the Public Relations Sub Division of the State Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia. His insight and knowledge were increasing again. Along with the development of information technology, they are faced with the many changes and demands of the times. He regularly participates in short training organized by the Ministry of State's Internal Education and Training Center (Pusdiklat), one of which is web design training for three months in India and risk management training in Australia.
He is keen to continue updating his knowledge. Firman then decided to continue his doctoral study. In 2017, he left for Australia to obtain a Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies University and Technology (QUT), Australia.
Firman admitted that his career and educational success could not be separated from the support of his beloved wife, Sheila Basalamah. Sheila who is also active in the world of communication really understands the risks and responsibilities of Firman as a PR officer. In fact, now his wife is following in his footsteps to continue his studies to earn a Master of Communication, UQ.
To his colleagues, the President of the Indonesian Student Association (PPIA) of QUT 2017-2018 advised to always challenge yourself and explore your abilities. "The most important thing is to keep learning to develop in order to answer the challenges of a more complex future," said Firman.
Firman hopes that one day he can write a book on communication science and his experiences as a PR practitioner. He also wishes to write a light book about his experiences in getting a scholarship and studying while abroad. "Hopefully this book can be a useful legacy for many people, especially the future generations and PR practitioners," he concluded. (rvh)