New Delhi: Thirty-two students of Delhi University successfully completed the 80 Hours JobAbility program on 5 February. In addition to two students doing their post graduate studies and nine students in their second year in university, 20 students are in their final year and will be graduating this summer.
The convocation was held at SOS Tibetan Youth Hostel and was attended by nearly hundred students. Officials present the event include Youdon Aukatsang, Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, Mr Jigmey Tsultrim, Joint Secretary at Department of Home, CTA, Runit Jhanwar of TNS-India and guests from JobCorp JobSkills. The programme was held under the supervision of Mr Lhakpa Tsering, the career consultant in Delhi.
The 80 Hours programme had commenced on 4 January 2013. It aims to help students exude confidence and enthusiasm when in a professional environment and to give them professional skills which will enhance their career. 80 hour JobAbility programme content has been created by the IIM Graduate Content Experts. Its content is competitive with existing training programmes and is custom designed for job seekers.
In her address, Mrs. Aukatsang spoke of importance of networking with students other than Tibetan in the university. She also advised students to explore options of taking break after graduation for a year or two to gain some working experiences. She spoke about importance of acquisition of knowledge, applications of learning and paths of growing for one’s career. She asked students to strengthen their values; honesty, commitment, responsibility and team work.
Mr Jigmey Tsultrim expressed happiness and congratulated the students on successful completion of the training. He reminded students of three sources of learning; guru (teacher), self and shastra (text). He asked students to try acquire knowledge and learning from all the three sources and not restrict the learning from one. He also shared his observation of noticeable changes in number of students because of the training.
Runit Jhanwar called the convocation a milestone of the EDOTS project of USAID earmarked for 2012-13.
Students also stood up and shared their experiences and learning from the programme. Choeyang Tso, a final year student at Lakshmi Bai college fighting back stage fright stood up to say, “I am bit nervous but I am standing here to check for myself of how much I have improved. The best thing I felt of these workshops was every day before I go to sleep, I could tell myself that I have learned something new today! Second best thing is that I also made couple of new friends. This has been really been something precious.”
Tenzin Lhanzey Palden, studying BA Economics in Delhi University said, “Past one month was very wonderful. Every evening spent with the trainer was very nice. There were a lot of interactions and lot of learning. We have definitely learned a lot. Personally I would say that for first two years in this hostel I hardly spoke with anyone. And now through this workshop I have made friends. I have learned so much that next time when I will go for an interview, I will know; what to do, how to dress up, how to smile and how to talk to the person interviewing me. Thank you!”
Students were awarded JobPassport individually by the guests. These JobPassport are issued by JobCorp JobSkills, a company mandated by the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) to train 18 lakh job seekers across India by 2021.
Words of Nyima Dorjee sums up the benefit of the programme when he said, “I am someone who likes to take part in different programmes and workshops. Even when I am already employed, I registered myself for this programme. I am a worker but I am not a perfect worker and perfect professional. I don’t know how to interact with people that well. I saw the opportunity and I grasp it. What I was prior to this 80 hours training and what I am today is completely different.” Nyima has recently joined an NGO based in Delhi as an employee.