Perseverance through the pandemic

2020 - 2021

Despite the challenging year, Medha alumni continued to make progress towards their career goals

And prepared themselves for the ‘next normal’
21st-Century skills training

Nishita, a Bachelor’s in Social Work student, wants to become a mental health counselor. During her time at Medha, she completed two internships in the social sector and learned how to manage her work under pressure. She also started freelancing to be more financially independent!

Career talks and exposure

Students attended over 150+ virtual career talks, covering a diverse range of topics from 'entrepreneurship opportunities post COVID-19' to 'breaking the myths about the sales profession.'  Industry partners and students also discussed topics such as networking, emotional management, and professional communication.

And prepared themselves for the ‘next normal’
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21st-Century skills training

Nishita, a Bachelor’s in Social Work student, wants to become a mental health counselor. During her time at Medha, she completed two internships in the social sector and learned how to manage her work under pressure. She also started freelancing to be more financially independent!

Career talks and exposure

Students attended over 150+ virtual career talks, covering a diverse range of topics from 'entrepreneurship opportunities post COVID-19' to 'breaking the myths about the sales profession.'  Industry partners and students also discussed topics such as networking, emotional management, and professional communication.

Students dove into the world of online learning and working. They continued to build transferable employability skills through Medha and enrolled in diverse online courses from digital marketing to acting! They also took advantage of professionals a click away and attended expert-led sessions from across India and the world.

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They strengthened the alumni community to better support one another

To connect

"I never thought that after school I'd perform on a stage. Atrangi gave me the opportunity to showcase my talent. This platform and the Medha team encouraged me to participate in Dance and Nukkad Natak. I feel empowered, not just to perform in front of people but my overall confidence has increased" - Baby, Class of 2020

To hold space

I have been through a near-death experience. Whenever I share my story with others I always get suggestions for how I can avoid it in the future. I really just wanted to be heard and for my feelings to be validated. This community gave me that, and made me feel safe to be who I am.” - Radhika (name changed), Class of 2018

To inspire

“I am an introvert, and it is difficult for me to be in a crowd. When I conducted the Medhavi Karyashala, it helped me overcame this fear. I was able to manage the crowd and train them on Canva and SmartMockups. It also feels good to share my skills beyond my immediate family and friends.” - Kushi, Class of 2021

To be inspired

I wanted to follow my passion for cooking. I decided to open my restaurant after listening to Kirti Kedia, an alumni who was on WWW Season 1, Episode 6. I was inspired to learn about how she manages a job and her business. I’ve started planning for my business and am closely following Kirti ever since.” - Tanu, Class of 2020

Atrangi
Sharing Circles
Karyashala
Weekends with Walter
Gained real-world experience in the digital workplace
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Swarambh

Pooja discovered her interest in photography in college. With Swarambh, she found a mentor and built her confidence to network. She secured multiple freelance opportunities and is now diversifying into video editing and graphic design.

Meeत

Roshni, a B.Com graduate, was looking for a job during the lockdown. She downloaded Meeत, a desi Glassdoor incubated at Medha, and found a sales job at ICICI. She learned how to close deals in the virtual world and what it means to be a good boss.

The pandemic accelerated the digital workplace like never before. Work from home is the norm and short-term 'gigs' have exploded. Students took advantage of two new initiatives at Medha to prepare for and access these growing trends.

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Pooja discovered her interest in photography in college. With Swarambh, she found a mentor and built her confidence to network. She secured multiple freelance opportunities and is now diversifying into video editing and graphic design.

Meeत

Roshni, a B.Com graduate, was looking for a job during the lockdown. She downloaded Meeत, a desi Glassdoor incubated at Medha, and found a sales job at ICICI. She learned how to close deals in the virtual world and what it means to be a good boss.

And kickstarted their entrepreneurial dreams
And kickstarted their entrepreneurial dreams
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Armed with a clear business plan around mushroom farming, Manmohan won eYouthscape Bihar and received seed capital, mentorship, and access to potential customers and partners. He has turned his plan into a growing small business with four company tie-ups and 120 happy customers!

Our government faculty partners also upskilled themselves in record numbers
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Anita is one of 54 Employability Skills Instructors (ESIs) in Haryana's Industrial Training Institute (ITI) ecosystem. During the pandemic, she taught 56 classes, embraced the world of online education, and paid it forward by teaching and mentoring her peers on digital tools.

A true inspiration, we recognized her as a master trainer as part of our ongoing partnership with the Haryana Skill Development and Industrial Training Department (SDIT) to enhance facilitator capacity and student employability.  

And had an impact on more than 15,000 students in the public education system
And had an impact on more than 15,000 students in the public education system

"As a department, we have been concerned about the low employability of our ITI graduates. Looking for a sustainable solution, we turned to Medha to help us incorporate experiential learning into the curriculum and build the capacity of our newly appointed Employability Skills Instructors (ESI). Despite the pandemic, we have seen a significant improvement in the delivery of employability skills by 53 ESIs to over 15,000 students across 44 ITIs in the two years since the project started."

We worked with close to 1,000 partners this year

And are focused on the following priorities in FY22

Boost the impact of our core programs


Provide students with a transformative experience that gives them the skills, exposure, and experience to improve their professional curve. Nurture a community of peers and mentors to support one another's interests and passions on the path to career success.

Bolster systems for program adoption at scale


Work with existing system decision-makers to enhance the learning experience and career opportunities in India's heartland. Partner with education departments, industry, and fellow practitioners to deliver Medha's approach at scale.

Build a stronger evidence base to champion change


Advocate for more significant investment in and encouragement of young people to pursue careers of their choice. Strengthen the regional evidence base and collaborate with global practitioners in the ecosystem to advance the agenda on holistic skill and career development.

One student at a time
The entire Medha community shares a deep passion for doing what is demanded by our students and alumni. Irrespective of who we are working with, our approach is always the same - be a mentor, advocate, and facilitator.
If we let young people guide our work and path forward, we will reach closer to our ambitious vision.
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