UGM Youth Studies Centre (YouSure) recently organized collaborative research last March-April 2021 using the multistage random sampling technique method. Along with the research agency of Presidential Studies, they conducted the research on the community perception over the world development of professional and young generation in the middle of the digital era in 34 provinces in Indonesia. The result indicated that a good human resource supported by social, economic, cultural aspects was highly important to produce a more productive young generation in seeking future jobs. Those with good digital technology operation skills have a greater chance of getting the ideal job in the future.
Nowadays, the conditions of the professional world have changed much and shifted to be completely online. Referring to this phenomenon, YouSure and Indonesia Presidential Studies found out 53.2 percent of the community agreed human capital and economy had become variables to determine their future. Meanwhile, there was a bigger percentage that has bigger leverage to form ideal workers. It was 55.7 percent for digital technology operation.
“Without economic capital, there is no social capital, then the chances (of getting an ideal job) are getting smaller,” said Nyarwi Ahmad as researcher in the Presidential Studies and lecturer in the Communication Studies, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, broadcasted on UGM Youth Studies Centre’s YouTube channel on Thursday (20/5).
Seeing the responses from the young generation, it seemed that they were quite optimistic in encountering a new challenge on digital works. Oki Rahadianto as YouSure researcher, a lecturer from Sociology Studies, believed that most Indonesian youths are ready and currently preparing efforts towards community welfare. He considered optimism as the main weapon to face the digital era.
“Optimism to face the future is important as an effort of national awakening. We should keep this with us,” Oki said.
Oki added that there were a few aspects to support the youths in facing the contemporary digital era. First, exploration, secondly, social-global networking, and the third is solidarity. These points gradually form Indonesian youths to be actively involved in the world of social development.