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Arunduthi Gupta of Mentor Together believes that education, with the right career guidance, will propel Indian youth towards economic success.
Said to become the world’s youngest nation by 2020, India is set to see an inflow of nearly 500 million youth into its population.If one correlates data, 30% of India’s total youth population will be below the poverty line. So, how does one begin to get our youth out of poverty and onto a more stable economic place?
Will it be education that will change things or skills or the right career guidance and access to resources and opportunities? A combination of these: that’s what Arundhuti Gupta believes is the solution, and her work rightly proves this.
“Mentors have the ability to provide insights, analyse one’s potential and provide appropriate guidance. But not everybody has someone who can give them the right career guidance. By giving underprivileged youth mentors, we helping them make informed career choices that are based on an understanding of the industry and their potential”, says Arunduthi, the founder of Mentor Together.
Additionally, the mentors at her social business are those who can help the youth understand what is affordable to them in terms of qualifications and what can be paid for through support networks and foundations. Through career guidance and advice from able professionals, not only can these youth make informed career choices and fulfil their goals and dreams, they can also elevate themselves from poverty.
In this episode of Chai with Lakshmi, Arunduthi talks about how experienced individuals’ guidance can help build successful careers for India’s youth, who otherwise make career choices based on the little experience, since most of them are first generation learners. With the help of these mentors, Arunduthi explains how the organisation screens, trains and connects able professionals with aspiring youth.
To know more about Mentor Together, watch the video interview of Arunduthi Gupta below.
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