Jakarta. Life-science graduates are required to master different hard skills by the time they graduate. But are hard skills actually enough for them to survive?

Management skills have become a necessity now for life-science graduates in order to enhance their competitiveness.

Management skills are only needed in the economic sector, but also in every other industry. Therefore, comprehensive and updated management skills and a vast network are both equally important in order for companies today to succeed.

During one of the latest editions of i3L School of Business (iSB) Webinar (The Horizon by Master in Biomanagement), Pri Notowidigdo, a C-Suite Headhunter and Executive Coach, explained that there is a need to implement managerial elements in order to push for changes. Here are the five managerial elements that must be possessed by life science graduates.

1. Awareness

Awareness is the skill that enables a person to understand why changes happen. Awareness includes how determined and experienced a person is in order to notice and push for changes

2. Desire

Desire is the determination to push and get actively involved in changes. Desire is related to individual choices, the effects of changes, individual situations and individual motivations. A person with desire can balance core values with everything that is desired and needed.


Knowledge consists of information, training and education that needed to understand changes. Knowledge includes habit, process, tools, system, skills and technicalities necessary to initiate changes. There are different contributing factors to knowledge: current knowledge possessed and the ability to add more knowledge

4. Action

Action is the ability to implement skills to initiate changes. 

5. Reinforcement 

Reinforcement is a stage where changes that have occurred need to be sustained and perfected. Reinforcement consists of three things: knowing and abiding to core values with integrity, listening to one’s heart and doing what one loves.

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