We Meet English UPI ALUMNI:

Monica Prilly

Language Assistant at E&Y, class of 2012

We talked to Monica Prilly who works as Language Assistant at Ernst & Young (EY). EY is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, one of the largest professional services firms in the world and is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. Monica is a part of class 2012 and graduated from UPI Bandung in 2016. Here’s our exchange with her.

The Big Four Lady

Published on May 27th, 2018
English UPI Alumni (EUA): What did you do for your final paper?

Monica Prilly (MP). So, my Skripsi is titled, “An Analysis of Reality Construction through Conflicts in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl”, and I thanked Bu Safrina so much for helping me make that happen. She was really insightful, helpful, and she made me want to do the final paper more and more. And I finally made it. I miss her so much!

We heard that your final GPA is 3.79. Were you an ambitious student back then?

I wasn’t. It’s also surprising to me that I’ve never got C during my time during my college time, but I didn’t mind if I deserved to get one though. I wasn’t that type of student who would talk about the exam right after the exam to make sure how many right answers I get. My only ambition is to do every task that I get the best I can do.

Is being a Language Assistant your first professional job?

This isn’t actually my first job. So, I was a content editor at Semesta Publishing Partner (SPS) in Bandung. But my passion for translating has always been the greatest. While working at SPS I also helped Save the Children Foundation translating their project materials with IKEA.

What do you think about information on career provided for students?

I wouldn’t say it’s already great. It’s been quite insightful in general. But I think there’s still much to improve.

So, how do you get your job at E&Y?
It started from exploring Jobstreet, and I saw this vacancy as Language Assistant at E&Y. I’ve never known what are EY and the Big Four. I just fearlessly sent my application with no expectation. I got the call from E&Y for the language test in Jakarta not long after that. I said to my mother that I’m not sure about going to Jakarta for work but she assured me to take the challenge fearlessly. So I attended the hundred questions English test, and here I am.
Tell us about your job descriptions.
I translate all documents related to financial matters of our clients on daily basis. Since the government has issued the regulation that obliged companies to issue financial documents bilingual (English and Indonesian), my position at the company to help clients with the matter becomes more significant. I work with the consultants at E&Y to make sure the accuracy and quality of our deliverables.
We had a nice conversation with Monica about career and other topics which you can see in the following video.
Working on financial matter doesn’t sound like something English graduates familiar with

It doesn’t indeed. But you learn, eventually. I learn to understand the concept of each new financial-related term every day. English graduates have this flexibility of learning new things relatively quickly, in my observation.

Were you timid when applying for this job at one of “The Big Four”?

I wasn’t. Like I said, I didn’t know about it (The Big Four) at first. But even if I did know that E&Y is one of them, I would still take the challenge because that’s the whole point of all that had had happened; not being afraid of seizing the challenges.

Do you agree that English UPI alumni are just as competitive as other top university graduates?

I do. At the workplace, we’re no different with those who graduated from ITB, UNPAR, UNPAD, BINUS, UI, or even overseas universities. I believe that English UPI graduates can be reliable to any company. We just need this mindset of delivering the tasks with the highest quality we can possibly deliver.

What’s your philosophy when in college?
Get shit done. I mean, really, just get shit done.
What do you want to say to students who are still struggling with college life?
When you love something, be really good at it. That thing might become your livelihood, who knows? I love translating from the get-go. Do anything you love; photography, writing, painting, sewing, whatever.
What do you want to say to those who haven’t found their passion yet?
I would ask them, “What is your hobby?” It’s always a good entry point for that.
Get shit done. I mean, really, just get shit done.
– Monica Prilly, Class of 2012