The vision for work and the economy has changed. Looking at the national context, Indonesia itself is no longer fixated on the production sector based on natural resources or land, such as agriculture, mining, forestry, and others. The agricultural field is no longer able to support the economy. Therefore, the premise then emerges that the more developed a region or country, the more abandoned the land sector is.
However, this does not reduce job opportunities for Foresters (forestry experts) or graduates of the Faculty of Forestry. Job opportunities for foresters in this millennial era are even developing. Pungky Widiaryanto stated this in an alumni talk show held by the UGM Faculty of Forestry on Thursday (8/7). He is an alumnus of the UGM Faculty of Forestry who now works as a Forestry Development and Nature Conservation Planner, National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS).
Pungky witnessed that job opportunity as a bureaucrat still exists, for example, in the Ministry of Environment & Forestry (KLHK), Conservation Centers throughout Indonesia, NGOs or organizations based on environment and forestry, and others. The issue of protecting forests from the threat of deforestation, fires, and other potential dangers still has to be fought.
Although the orientation of the national industry has shifted to manufacturing, services, and technology, graduates of the forestry faculty have new opportunities. Knowing the ability of forestry graduates who are very good in terms of woodworking, first, Pungky sees a big opportunity in the furniture industry.
“So far, the majority of those who work there are colleagues from other faculties,” said Pungky.
In addition, there are also job opportunities in the tourism industry. In this millennial era, the tourism industry is growing rapidly, such as homestays, traveling, and nature-based cafes. Pungky revealed that the turnover there is very large, even greater than the salary as an employee. So far, people working in the tourism industry are mostly graduates from other faculties.
“Although the conditions of the professional world and the economy are increasingly being replaced by machines, some things cannot be replaced by machines. These include design, story, cohesiveness, empathy, experience, and meaning and wellness,” concluded Pungky.
Another alumnus of the Faculty of Forestry, Dennis Wara Hermiandra who works as Director of Operations at PT. Ekosistem Khatulistiwa Lestari on the Island of Borneo conveyed a similar statement. Dennis said that the trend of the tourism industry had indeed shifted to tourism based on nature conservation.
“Pontianak used to have cafes in shophouses. Now, the cafes have been renovated with natural gardens,” said Dennis.
Dennis added that job opportunities for foresters are also no less competitive in technology and also its applications. Forestry graduates can work in companies or build their own applications based on nature conservation.