05 Sakamoto

 2018 Yusuke SAKAMOTO
Internship at Indonesia



<What did you learn through the program especially in internship?>

I had my internship at a micro-finance startup company in Indonesia. All of the staff have great passion for contributing in improving the life of low-income people. I assume it might come from the mutual-aid personality of Indonesian or muslim. And they've realized the original business model which combine technology with Indonesian culture "Arisan". Though this 5 months had flawn by so fast, I'm sure that it was such precious time to learn personalities of Indonesian people, their religion, and culture through joining hands-on business experience.

<How the experience may help your current / future job?>

I'd like to deepen the relationship with everyone I met in Indonesia and keep networking. I found that relationship among them and the community building are significant in Indonesia. Now Indonesia is developing digitalization and mobile-fast society at a rapid pace. And some great IT services relate deeply with Indonesians’original culture (Arisan, Ojek,...). That's why I feel it is essential to be curious and understanding to the local culture for making successful business in Indonesia.

<Message for the new researchers>

Time goes by so fast during this ABL program. You would be given lots of opportunities for discussions and presentations in the module 0/1. But while in the internship, you have to make those opportunities  by yourself. So you'd be better to become more aggressive in your host-country. And I suggest that you actively communicate with other researchers deeply as well. They are all professionals of each industry. Their experiences and knowledges will grow you up even more.









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