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Ismiyah is hopeful about the future for young Indonesians but thinks teenagers need to think more independently

Ismiyah Tifani Nur is a 19 year old university student and part time cashier at the Carrefour supermarket in Jakarta.

She has wanted to pay her way through university ever since she was small and saw so many young people working and making money - she became convinced she had to start early.

Ismiyah also uses her salary for her daily expenses, so that she doesn't feel like a burden on her parents. She admits that working while going to school is exhausting but it teaches her that if she wants to succeed in the future then she has to work hard.

She doesn't think it's difficult to find a job in Jakarta if you've finished school, but believes it helps to go to university because it can boost your salary and job prospects.

Ismiyah is hopeful about the future for young Indonesians and thinks that as part of the country's younger generation, teenagers need to think more independently. She believes that success comes from within and she adds that one needs inner confidence to reach great heights.

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