New Delhi: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi's famous adage: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world" finds resonance with the journeys of some youngsters, who despite all odds have 're-written' their destinies. Sarah Berry discovers the world of a few of them, who have undertaken skilling in different fields to realize their dreams, and venture beyond…
Not just luck, says Lucky
The meaning of her name has manifested itself, time and again, in her life. Lucky Phukanis is a bright student of IL&FS Institute of Skills, Guwahati, who despite her social and economic background dared to dream big, and best of all, made it big. She hails from Hahsora, Sivsagar, Assam. Says the young go-getter: "After my schooling, I wanted to do something for my family…to increase our household income…and enhance the standard of living, but what I also knew was that without graduation my chances would be bleak. I decided to pursue my studies, post schooling, via correspondence. It was around that time that I came to know about a course being offered in the hospitality sector – a skill to learn." In the words of Shinichi Suzuki, a renowned Japanese musician: Knowledge is not skill. Knowledge plus ten thousand times is skill." In other words, the application, or rather the continued application of knowledge, is skill. This 'discovery' of sorts changed Lucky's life. After counselling, and passing the concerned entrance tests and interviews, Lucky joined the course, which she successfully completed. She adds with a sense of pride in her voice: "After the successful completion of my course, I got selected by the Aloft Hotel, Bengaluru, as a housekeeping associate. This was way back in December, 2015. My starting salary was INR 14,000 per month. My hard work recently got me a promotion to housekeeping supervisor, which is a big success for me." In her current capacity, she draws a salary of around INR 40,000 per month. It was not just luck for Lucky, but determination and hard work – the essentials for success.
Learning a skill makes all the difference…Kavi's story…
Sometimes, life takes unexpected turns to show us what we could do better, and even the path of how this could be done. Kavi Shankar is 31 years of age, well qualified with a MBA degree, and belongs to a family of four dependents and two earning members. With the introduction of GST, Kavi felt the need to make use of the opportunity to upgrade his skills, and fine-tune them to the existing demand, especially since this was a specialized field, with many people finding the adjustment to the tax rather challenging. Not wasting any time, he enrolled for the concerned course at Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra, South Delhi. "Post the course, I earned enough confidence to take the decision of embarking on a journey as a freelance tax consultant. Had I not had the concerned skills, this would not have been possible. This is just the beginning, as I know there is a lot more that can be done, and achieved in this field," says Kavi. The confidence, which knowledge provides is significant, but this, combined with a honed skill, enhances the feeling of competence manifold. Having started as a freelancer can open many more doors for Kavi with the passage of time, and this is something he knows too. Starting out on one's own is not easy; it is a path marked with challenges, but what is required is the courage to undertake the journey, the required skill sets, and the belief in oneself that one can.
Never give up…Bablu recalls his journey…
"My hometown is in Manesar. My father is retired from the army, and is currently pursuing farming. As the financial situation of my family was rather challenging, I could not pursue further studies post class 12. I still remember how I had to pursue odd jobs in order to contribute to the family income. The hours of work were long, and the work places a chain of fragments – some work here, for some time, and some work there, for some time. There was no job security, and, of course, no job satisfaction. I did what I did because I saw my father struggle to place the meals of the day on the table. It was a tough time," recalls Bablu Kumar. It was, by chance, that he saw an ad in the newspaper for skills training. On exploring, he got to know that the training was for free, and thereafter, a job placement was also guaranteed. It seemed motivation enough for Bablu, who registered for the course of a CNC Machine Technician, Level 3. "There was no looking back thereafter. This was, I can easily say, my first step towards a brighter future. I joined Parker Legris initially, where I worked for a year, subsequent to which I joined PMT Engineering Workshop Pvt. Ltd.," adds Bablu. He recalls how with the passage of time, he kept growing more and more confident, with this employers appreciating his skill sets. As they say: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."
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