Value of community service in a student’s life
Many people hope for a better world, but few actually work towards it. In a world affected by inequality, poverty and environmental degradation, it’s great to see several young people trying to bring about a change. Many schools and colleges have made community service part of their curriculum. For example those doing the IB curriculum, or enrolled at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, commit to a specific number of hours of community service.
There are many opportunities for the youth to volunteer or work in the social sector. There are lakhs of NGOs ranging from small to large. You can choose to get involved full-time through Fellowships or part-time alongside work or college. Even if you’re stretched with college commitments, it is always a good idea to take some time out for someone else. Here’s why:
- Learn about different issues: Social work will give you an opportunity to learn experientially. You can explore your interests while working for the community. You can serve the community in different ways such as caring for the old and and teaching underprivileged kids. You can help plant trees or save water. You can travel to remote areas and help them with their resources. Whatever the issue might be, learning by doing is the best way to learn.
- Build your resilience: While trying to make a difference, you will encounter many challenges. Through this, you can learn to look at the brighter side. You will need to remain optimistic and keep everybody motivated even during hard situations. You will acquire the ability to have a vision and translate that into action. Since you will have to manage your school or college activities along with community service, you will learn how to work under pressure and prioritise your tasks. This will increase your ability to multi-task and problem solve. According to a UNDP report, teacher volunteers have become more employable.
- See better satisfaction levels: By giving of yourself, you will gain satisfaction and happiness. According to research from the London School of Economics, people who volunteer weekly are 16% more happy than those who don’t. Every drop makes the ocean. Even one person’s effort can make a difference to someone’s life. You can inspire others and eventually bring about a change at a larger scale. This will make you feel happy and fulfilled.
You should consider your time commitment, what kind of impact you want to make and the skills you possess before you choose the volunteering activity. So get inspired and start solving society’s real problems! You will get an opportunity to leave a better world behind.
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.