Almost half of students in Indian schools do not graduate 10th grade; 93% of school dropouts end up working in the unorganized sector-characterized by low wages and no real hope for career progression. 84% of young Indians are unemployable due to a gap between their educational choices, aspirations, aptitudes, and industry expectations. Antarang helps students make informed career choices by mapping their interests, aspirations, aptitude, personality, and realities, and through career guidance.
Antarang's CareerAware Program is a week-long training for students in the 9th grade. The students are administered psychometric tests that help them determine interests, aspirations, aptitude, personality, and realities. Students leave the program with two career plans, and are provided with one-on-one counseling about their next educational, vocational, or professional steps. This project simultaneously reduces high school dropout numbers and helps the students make informed career choices.
This project will enable 1,500 students in the 9th grade in India to become employable. Through psychometric testing, students evaluate themselves on their individual interests, aspirations, aptitude, personality, and reality, and they are then made aware of careers that fit the same. At the end of the week-long program, students have two career plans, a one-on-one counseling session, and are empowered to make informed career choices in the future.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).