Making students work ready!
Based on recent interactions at over 100 colleges in India, most students are unaware of what they should do post college. Even if they have an idea, they are largely unprepared with the skills and mindsets to get the job they are dreaming off. This past week, I visited colleges across Nasik and I was shocked to see that while the infrastructure was strong, students are in dire need of support with their careers. Most colleges in India don’t even have a functional placement cell or mandatory attendance.
- What the college can do: Colleges should collaborate with industry and open their doors to speakers, internships and live projects. They should incorporate activities such as field trips, rigorous lab sessions and practical projects. They can innovate and use best practice teaching methods such as flipped classes and case studies that encourage the student to drive the discussion rather than just memorize. This is applicable where the topic is science, commerce, humanities, law or engineering. As a practice, the colleges should encourage guest speaker sessions and build a mentor-mentee system as a part of their curriculum.
- What leaders can do: Corporate and government leaders can interact more with colleges and support them to develop a relevant curriculum. Infrastructure, resources and faculty training can be supported as part of CSR drives. Inspections can be done on a regular basis to ensure colleges are running classes effectively. Placement and internship opportunities can be offered to students and organizations should take the pain to train people.
- Role of students and parents: As a student, embrace your own development into a professional. Don’t see college as a time to relax, use these years to seek training, internships and mentorship and get ready to face the real world! Sharpen your skills. As a parent, encourage your child to attend college and utilize the vacations effectively through internships, reading and courses. Encourage your child to start working in their free time and shortlist a Masters program they want to apply for eventually. Help them chalk out the next 5 years carefully to ensure they are serious and on track.
Blaming the system is easy, but can’t be the approach we take. All stakeholders need to take ownership and ensure India’s future graduates are ready to take on their careers. Let’s take up the challenge and in our own way, contribute to solve this massive work-readiness crisis. We owe it to our nation and our future graduates!
Talerang’s copyrighted curriculum was researched as a project Harvard Business School. Our training methodology integrates Harvard cases, proprietary assessments, interaction with guest speakers, industry exposure and personal mentoring for holistic professional development. Our programs offer exclusive opportunities to work with over 250 of the best companies in India including the Aditya Birla Group, Foxymoron, Teach For India, Mahindra Group, Avaana Capital, Z3 Capital and more. Our team is from McKinsey, Citigroup, KPMG, ZS Associates and our Panels include CEOs of top companies. Students get dedicated mentors and interact with industry stalwarts from our Young Leaders Panel and Senior Panel. Our Future CEOs alumni also get to access a network that is a close knit community of close to 1000 Future CEOs who are advised by young industry leaders and a panel of industry stalwarts.
Modeled on global best-practices
Talerang’s programs are different from regular trainings and courses due to the international approach to learning and the international curriculum. During the research at Harvard Business School, we interacted with Year UP, a U.S. based organization solving a similar problem. We further refined our learnings by visiting 100+ colleges and partnering with 250+ corporates who defined our training curriculum.
Our research shows that 6 key competencies - self-awareness, life vision, communication, working smart, first impressions and bridge to career help young talent succeed. Additionally, jobs of the future require a combination of 14 skills including research, analytics, digital marketing, finance, strategy, coding, communication and design. We ensure that you are learning in a planned and structured manner with a focus on being relevant for jobs of the future.
Proven track record
Talerang gets applications from close to 100+ premier colleges across India and has several rounds of selection. Our highly selective cohorts are academically bright, have demonstrated leadership and volunteered to impact their communities. Our previous students are articulate all-rounders including national level swimmers, debaters, festival organizers, entrepreneurs and performers. Over 4 years, we have placed 99% of our students and our proud that over 90% of them have been consistently rated as work-ready, with over 50% been given call-back offers for full-time jobs! The jobs and internships we provide are premium with a focus on quality.
As special projects, we have been invited by research teams from Stanford and Harvard to conduct trainings on their behalf and also been the organization of choice for pre-placement training for IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras in an official capacity. From Tata Trusts to Trilegal, various corporates have also invited us to on-board their entry-level hires.