It is said that if you are not progressing, you are regressing. Tharani Chinnadurai, 20, believes that upskilling is a definite way to set oneself up for progress.
A graduate in Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) from Chennai, Tharini comes from a humble background. Up until recently, her father was the only earning member. Tharini always wanted to contribute to the household income, but knew she had to be earning better to be able to do so. Shortly after graduation, she realised that developing job-specific skills up was important. She learnt that SMART Centre could train her in Medical Coding.
“Upskilling is imperative. I joined Tech Mahindra Foundation’s SMART Centre and trained for 3 months in Medical Coding. The course has not just made me hands-on with my job, it’s also transformed me in terms of English speaking and presentation skills. Today, I’m not only well-informed about my field, but I can also present my ideas to an audience with confidence – I didn’t realise earlier how important this skill would be in my field of work.”
She graduated from the centre and secured a well-paying job at a reputed multinational tech services company. She’s grateful that the centre helped her develop language, presentation, and computer skills in addition to her primary training in Medical Coding – these skills come in handy in her current role and help her deliver presentations even to a large audience.
Due to the lockdown, her father, who works as a waiter in one of the local restaurants, was left without a job. In a time like this, Tharani has been able to support her family. She is currently working from home and credits the training for making it happen.
“SMART Centre helped me, and now I’m helping my sister work on her career too!”
Her family is extremely happy, and her younger sister looks up to her, often seeking guidance from her. They believe that the training was very useful and has changed the course of her life, towards a financially strong future.
She believes that the youth today understands the need to be independent, and insists that they should brave any challenges and work towards skilling up.
“We all have big goals. But we often don’t realise that to reach those goals, we have to keep sharpening our skills – if not, we could slow down, and miss out. We underestimate what one little training can do. It helped me become independent, and it’s a great feeling. We should all keep skilling up, growing and support our families.”
We are proud of people like Tharani, who are forward-looking, optimistic and growth-oriented – and are humbled that she is a SMART student.
Besides the 100+ SMART Centres, there are SMART Academies that provide vocational training and intervention to equip India’s youth for success, through employability, education, and disability. SMART Academies currently offer programs in healthcare, digital technologies, and logistics.