Highly ambitious, determined, and endlessly compassionate.
Meet Permata Indwita Setia Putri.
As a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne (Honors in Finance and Management), Permata has always been driven by a desire to provide equal opportunities for all individuals — particularly when it concerns employment.
Keenly attentive to the problems faced by fellow Indonesians studying abroad who found it difficult to start a career at local companies — something practically unheard of amongst students in her home country — she, together with a group of friends, initiated the Indonesian Career Expo (ICarE). Hailed as the first Indonesian career expo in Australia, ICarE attracted 15 Indonesian companies and 390 attendees to participate in the event, providing job seekers and recruiters alike the chance to interact and build relationships.
Soon after having obtained her degree, Permata returned to Indonesia to begin her internship at Permata Bank — a two-month stint from which she obtained a valuable exposure working on one of the company’s biggest employer branding projects — and later her first job at Accenture Indonesia. Under the tutelage of the largest technology consulting firm in Indonesia, Permata gained an expertise in finance and enterprise performance management; but even this promising career didn’t stop her from pursuing her true passion.
As she typed away at her laptop, drafting a proposal for another prospective client, she shared with us her story, her aspirations, and her messages for job seekers looking for a meaningful career.
What made you decide to leave your consulting job and join Kalibrr?
“I wanted to leave my mark in the world — not just go through life existing.”
At her previous job, it was completely normal to work long hours and respond to each one of client’s whims promptly, to be a high-performer. Work was challenging and never boring because she got to collaborate with smart, like-minded peers. She confessed she was making a good salary, had incredible benefits, and that everything just screamed “safety”. But she remembers looking around the mostly empty staff cubicle in the office, the marching of time escaping her notice, thinking: “Is this really all there is? Is this really what my life has become?”
“I want to make an impact by connecting young Indonesian people with opportunities that will change their lives for the better.”
Then the realisation dawned on her. “I’m going to start chasing after my life’s purpose. I want to make an impact by connecting young Indonesian people with opportunities that will change their lives for the better.”
“At that time, Kalibrr had just expanded to Indonesia, and an offer came knocking on my door. To be quite honest, it wasn’t easy to leave the thrilling ride that was my corporate job, but Kalibrr presents a vision aligned with my personal values for a greater influence. Eventually, after a lot of thinking and talking to my family & friends, I decided to make the jump.”
How has your journey in Kalibrr been?
“It has been very fulfilling.”
In their first year, Kalibrr consisted of only 15 people, but the team was remarkably solid and efficient. Everyday, Permata interacts with sharp, hard working coworkers who never cease to inspire her.
“We believe we must possess a Level 3 Mindset, which means understanding the problems and providing solutions by conducting a Global Benchmarking from global best practices. This is to ensure that we offer a 5-star Service to our clients, always putting an extra effort to distinguish ourselves from the rest. It’s also our firm belief that we need to Be Kind and Follow Our Heart, to go the extra mile for someone we work with despite it not being part of our job role — to show people goodwill, affection, and care.”
Through technology, Kalibrr has helped up to 60 paying clients discover talents, and likewise helped countless job seekers find their dream career. Permata revealed that “although every business’ complication is different, and the needs are often very specific and unique, guided by our core values we have always successfully delivered.”
In terms of business, Kalibrr is fairly creative when it comes to their brand of end-to-end recruitment solution: apart from their database of active job seekers, they have tapped into partnerships with students organizations and associations, event sponsorships, employer branding campaigns to reevaluate employee value proposition, and extensive use of social media for a much broader reach. Kalibrr’s commitment to help bridge the skills gap also led to the launch of Kode Indonesia 2017, a code-for-career initiative aimed to connect Indonesia’s IT programmers with leading technology companies.
“Together, we have achieved a lot of accomplishments, touched the lives of many, many people, and for that I’m forever grateful.”
Any word of advice for job seekers out there?
“…I promise you, doing the things you love for the cause you care about will be most rewarding.”
“Stay hungry, stay foolish, but do so with conviction, humility, and an always grateful heart.”
“Nothing worth having comes easy. Strive because of all the problems still need solving, and the lives worth touching in the process. Pursue what matters to you, until the dots connect themselves. I promise you, doing the things you love for the cause you care about will be most rewarding.”
This is a call to all the passionate, tenacious youth in Indonesia: Kalibrr is here to help you find your dream career.