Born as a woman, we always wonder if we could have it all. It has always been the biggest issue about being a woman. Some women need to give up on their career in order to take care of their family, while the others abandon their family to pursue their career. Our Srikandi for this September issue is Tamara Wulandari. Tamara herself is a reservoir engineer who has been working with TOTAL S.A for 7 years! Having a hectic schedule as a career woman doesn't stop her to pursue a higher degree. Tamara will reveal her secret on how to balance her life between study, career and family. Bellow is our interview with this inspirational lady:
Hi Tamara, let's talk a little bit about yourself. Can you tell us about passions, your career path and also your background of study?
Thanks to let me be part of this awesome web :)
My name is Tamara, you may call me Tamy. I'm a 29 years old female. Still single and happy :D
I work as a Reservoir Engineer (also known as Subsurface Engineer, or some people may also refer it as Petroleum Engineer) in Total S.A. I've been working for 7 years there. I started my job in Balikpapan, then I was fortunate enough to be expatriated to Paris, Venezuela, Congo, and UK. I got my B.Eng. from Chemical Engineering, University of Indonesia. And now, I just finished my Msc in Petroleum Engineering, Imperial College London.
Now, I want to gain more experiences in the UK. But I always consider to come back to Indonesia, after I have many international experiences, to work in the Indonesian regulator side (a.k.a government side). Controlling all the international oil and gas companies in Indonesia, and in charge for the planning of Indonesian oil and gas industry.
I love my job. I never feel that I'm working when I work actually. Long hours work leading to perfection is my hobby. I love all of those appreciations and acknowledgements on your good results. Many people, well most people told me that I'm a workaholic.. But, the thing is, I didn't feel like I was working. I'm just doing my hobby. That's all.
And it is always my passion to keep working in my subject, Reservoir Engineering. It is a challenging job. I always like this job, cause we're the master planner of the field development plan. How the wells will be drilled, When, How many, How long, etc. Delicate thoughts and many technical (and economical) considerations have to be taken. And then after I got more managerial experiences, I would like to change into more the business sight, not only technical.
Why did you decide to pursue a higher degree when you already a success career woman?
I always want to continue my education. But always be too busy with work, and also no enough financial support at that time :D. Fortunately nowadays there're more scholarship opportunities. And i'm lucky enough to get one of those scholarships. So, here i am.
Will you leave your job once you have your own children/husband/family to take care of?
Nope. hehe. I can not imagine myself to leave my job. I could bang my head on the wall everyday if i'm not working anymore. I love my job.
As a woman, what do you think about family vs career?
I always respect woman who decide to be a housewife. But, me personally, I would prefer to keep my job. But of course the priority would be different. I would prioritize my family more, when I will have one.
What is your opinion about women empowerment?
Women don't need gender equality everywhere. Well, at least i thought so. Why would we need one, if we could control men by what we're now. I even sometimes love to use the advantage of being women at work. Men, have their ego. Why not using it for our purpose. Tell them that we need their help. But use it for our purpose :)
But don't get it wrong. I don't like to use my physical or sexual appeal to help my career. I tends to be a cold women at work, who always gonna chase what I want. Some men (or I hate to say, sometimes the society generally), may discourage this kind of liberal and aggressive women. But, I always think, there're so many problems in life already, and I don't think they have to be part of it. Don't mind any negative opinions.
If you're good then you're good. Good people will acknowledge it. Just keep your confidence level high. Cause if you loose it, you have nothing.
Can you share your secret with us in order to be a success career woman like you?
Never never never never give up!!;
Be close to your friend, but be closer to your 'enemy';
Never show too much emotion at work. Be cold professionally, but always be warm to your team and colleagues.