Udayan Shalini Fellowship (USF), one of the unique programmes of Udayan Care, aims to promote and support higher education for girls hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds, in order to develop them into dignified, independent young women. The fellowship ensures that the lives of the girls do not succumb to monetary hardships and they do not give up their dream. However, USF is not just envisaged as a monetary assistance programme but rather as a holistic programme of sustained mentoring support and association. The growth is fostered with continued association of mentoring, motivational workshops, and development of socially responsible behaviour through awareness drives. The fellowship stands different because of its pyramidal mentoring.
During this quarter, special focus was on the employability of our Shalinis. For this, Genpact organized a series of workshops at their office, wherein they conducted mock interviews, group discussions with our Shalinis. They also laid emphasis on corporate dress code and disciplinary codes as well, which prepared our Shalinis for the corporate world.
Apart from this, we also conducted our 16th Induction Ceremony, wherein we selected 80 deserving girls into our program.
Session by GSIF (Genpact Social Impact Fellowship) Fellow Shreya:
GSIF fellow Shreya, who along with Chhavi are actively working on the employability of our Shalinis. For this, they conducted a session with our ‘Mentor Didis’in order to identify the key areas to work upon and improve. Our mentor didis, who are well versed with the nitty-gritties of the program, suggested ways in which we can successfully work towards improving the employability of our Shalinis. Overall, our mentor didis brainstormed and participated in the interactive session organized by Shreya with an aim to magnify the impact and outreach of the program
‘To Prepare the Next Generation of Corporate Leaders’
Genpact Headstrong Capital, Noida Uttar Pradesh
I. Job Preparedness by Genpact Recruitment Team
The CSR Team of Genpact organized a full day session with our Shalinis of Batch 14. The purpose of the session was to prepare them for them for the larger workforce and acquaint them with the process of selection through mock-activities.
Session I: Job application and Process
The session began by asking the fellows the process of selection and the importance of each stage of selection in the process of recruitment. Moreover, the fellows were also given some essential resume writing tips.
Key Points of the session:
- Research about the organization you are applying to
- Read the Job Description carefully
- Do what you are interested
Session II: Group Discussion and Interview (Tips and Tricks)
After this, the fellows were given certain do’s and don’ts during an interview and Group Discussion;
During Group Discussion:
- Always respect the participants
- Do not say things just for the sake of it
- Stick to the topic
- Present your thoughts in a coherent and articulate manner
- Try to conclude the discussion
- Display Leadership qualities
- Be confident
- Do not present any false information
- Have the right body language
- Display Confidence
- Never ask for feedback from the interviewer
- Never as for the result from the interwar
- Never beg for a job/position
Session III: Mock Group Discussion and Interview
No knowledge can be fully imparted if it is not practiced. To further help our fellows, Genpact designed mock interviews and Group discussions which would help the students gain an understanding of what the selection process is like, and how they can ace it.
1. Group Discussion:
All fellows were divided into three teams and taken into separate rooms. In each room, a moderator was present and the topic of the Group Discussion was presented. Consequently, each person had to present her views, for or against the motion.
After the group discussion, the moderator presented his views and feedback to each of the participant. This helped the girls identify the areas in which they need to improve. They also understood the importance of being an active listener rather than just being the speaker. Furthermore, the mock discussions helped each participant to present her views confidently and coherently
After the group discussions, the fellows were called upon in an alphabetical order for a mock interview.
After the mock interview, each fellow was given their respective feedback.
Outcome of the Session:
The session proved to be extremely beneficial to our fellows as they learnt how actual Group discussions and Interviews are conducted, especially in a reputed multinational company such as Genpact. They also received the feedback of the areas they need to work on and improve. Overall, the session made them more confident and they displayed immense motivation in not only participating in the mock sessions but also proactively asked questions related to the recruitment process.
Feedback of the Session:
‘The exposure which we received is unmatched. The Genpact team was interactive and motivational. They not only explained each and every aspect of the recruitment process, but also gave us examples from their own experiences which made it more interesting. The best part was certainly the mock interviews and GD. I feel very confident after the session and I truly believe that all these activities have given me an edge over my peers’. – Harshana (Batch 14)
Small Group Workshop
I. Exam Preparedness by Saumya
As the exam season is approaching, students find it difficult to manage their time and often feel overburdened and even worn out. Therefore, the objective of the workshop was to help our fellows understand how to prepare for the exams at different time intervals.
The focus was to start working on your weak subjects/topics or areas. Also read your notes along with the main course book while you are travelling or get anytime free during the day. Take your time and study at your pace.
One Week Before the Exam:
This is time to prioritize.
‘What are my weak subjects/topics? How many preparatory leaves do I have? How much time do I need to cover one topic?’
One day Before the exam:
- Though it is normal to feel stressed out and saturated. But it should not hamper your studies.
- Again, Prioritize! Focus and learn those things which need maximum attention according to you.
- Do not start anything new. Learn and fine-tune the topics you know.
- Take proper sleep at night and avoid going to tuitions.
- Stay focused and motivated.
One Hour before the exam:
- Everything seems to culminate during this time. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain your cool.
- Do not pick up anything new. Just focus on what you studied.
- Stay Calm and avoid interacting with your peers. Their doubts might confuse you and create panic.
- Read only small things like laws definitions etc.
Feedback of the Session:
‘The workshop was very helpful especially during this time when my exams are approaching. The session was interactive and the anecdotes shared by the facilitator were relatable’- Naina Batch 14
‘From the workshop, I learnt how to develop a time table and set realistic goals. I will surely implement the study and learning tips which were given in the workshop’ – Priya Batch 14
II. Orientation of New Batchby Mohd. Faheem
The orientation of Batch 16; our newly inducted batch of Shalinis also took place.
As a part of the orientation program, Mohd Faheem (Assistant Director USF) acquainted the girls about the Udayan Care, its vision and mission and also talked about the inception of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship program, its outreach and a few success stories of our alumnae Shalinis.
After this, the fellows were allotted their mentor didis, who will provide them with guidance and support throughout their journey with USF.
I. Communication and Grooming By Genpact, Learning and Development Team:
The CSR team of Genpact organized a full day session to brush up the communication skills and grooming of our Shalinis.
The aim of the session was to help our Shalinis learn the different business etiquettes starting from a formal handshake to body posture through a series of activities and team building exercises.
The fellows were asked to empty their minds of all the thoughts which are distracting them and focus on the present.
Following this, fellows were divided in groups of 5 each and were asked to introduce each other and not themselves.
Each group was given a topic on which they had to speak. The audience was asked to judge the presentation on the basis of the confidence and the body posture of the person presenting. The purpose of this was to help the fellows become more confident while they are giving a presentation or addressing a gathering. Emphasis was also laid on the right body posture and eye contact with the audience in order to be more impactful.
All the Shalinis were asked to form two circles, one larger circle inside a smaller one. After this, the members of the inner circle were asked to shake hands with the person in the front and then move towards their right.
After one full circle, each fellow was asked to tell with whom they had the best handshake and why?
Each team was also given a Hula Hoop ring which they had to balance until it is kept on the floor, without dropping it.
However, the catch was that each team member had to balance the ring on their index finger.
This was an effective team building activity which tested each group on their communication, strategy and teamwork.
Each team was given a set of newspaper, tape and scissors. With these limited resources they had to build a tower. The team with the highest tower wins. The catch is that; the tower can have only one pillar and the pillar cannot be taped to the based. This activity also tested the teams on their strategy, team work and time management. After this power packed session filled with exciting activities, a PowerPoint presentation was also shown to our fellows regarding corporate dressing sense, 7 ways of effective communication and how to prepare for any interview. Finally, the session ended with informing the fellows about the need to be confident and how communication is different from language. Hence, effective communication can be in any language.
Feedback of the Session:
‘From the workshop, I learnt how to dress up professionally for an interview. The activity where we shook handshakes with each other. The activity was extremely helpful, as I didn’t know before how a simple handshake speaks volumes about one’s personality and confidence’ - Afroj (Batch 14)
‘As I am looking for a job as a fresher, this session was very fruitful for me. How to dress up properly for an interview, how our body language should be, were some essential takeaways for me through this session’- Kamini (Batch 12)
Small Group Workshop
I. Team Work and Team-Building by Saumya
Team Building is an important exercise which needs to be inculcated in our students, as it teaches them collective decision-making skills negotiation skills and also empathy towards others. Team-building also helps the students understand the need to distribute tasks in such a manner that it taps everyone’s abilities, talents and potential in order to work efficiently in order to attain a goal.
After this, a series of team-building activities wereorganized to help the fellows understand the complexities of working in a team. For this, the fellows were divided into 4 groups to carry out these activities.
All groups were given 10 minutes time to note down 5 things which were common among all members of a team.
The purpose of the activity was that the group identities what they have common with each other and what unites them, cutting across religion and caste boundaries. This helped them in identifying their strengths
In this activity, the fellows had to arrange themselves in ascending order of their birthday date and month. However, the catch is, they can only communicate through gestures. The Activity helped them in understanding non-verbal communication and how it is an essential part of team work
Each group were given a topic on which they had to make their own tv show. After this, they were asked to present their show. The activity helped them understand the importance of having role differentiation while working in a team. We also asked each team, who took charge as a leader? And 5 reasons why they were a good leader? The activity was extremely helpful as they understood the various conflicts that arise in a team and how to deal with them
Overall, the session entailed learning through activities. While discussing the characteristics of a good team; all groups strived to be a good team and put up a good performance.
Feedback of the Session:
‘From the session, I learnt the importance of good communication within the team. Moreover, I also understood how any sort of miscommunication hampers our team performance, which was seen through the skit we performed. Overall, the session helped me understand how difficult it is to work in a team and the challenges that can occur during any team related activity’. – Harshana (Batch-14)
II. Career Counselling by GSIF Team:
Working on the ‘employability’ of our Shalinis, the GSIF Team held a session on career counselling with our fellows in class 11th and 12th. The purpose of the session was to make the fellows realize their potential, work towards their goal and not to succumb to any sort of peer pressure. The session started with a small activity, wherein each fellow was given a sheet of paper, on which they had to draw what they want to become/their ambition. The purpose of this activity was, how passionately one can explain their dream goal or ambition in life.
Moving further, the fellows were guided on how to choose their ideal career. They were informed that what they want to become in life should not be influenced by the decision of others, rather we should choose our ideal career based on three things; What I love doing? What can I do well? What can help me achieve my ideal career?
Followed by this, was a ‘Talk by the Experts’ in their field who held a Q and A session with the fellows. The experts here shared their journey of how they achieved what they are today? how they worked for it and the challenges they faced during their ‘struggling years’.
Feedback of the Session:
‘The session was extremely helpful, especially when we are in our crucial year of schooling; after which we have to choose our stream/subjects in college. The ‘Expert talk’ was very helpful. The journey’s shared by the experts was very inspirational and it made me understand that one’s career is shaped by our own choices’. – Mansi (Batch 15)
Achievements of the Chapter During the Reporting Period
Placement of Shalinis:
• Four of our fellows are now successfully placed in Genpact.
• One is working as a ‘Junior Research Assistant’ at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
• Eight of our fellows are pursuing their Post-graduation
Ekta (Batch 10):
Ekta is the youngest member in her family of four. Her father was a factory worker and the sole breadwinner of the family. With all his blood and sweat, he was able to provide for his family. However, in the turn of events, her father suffered from a fatal paralytic attack which left him bedridden. Since then it has been an uphill battle against all odds for Ekta and her family. In such grievous circumstances, the burden of earning and sustaining the family fell on Ekta’s elder sister. But this did not prevent her family from supporting her education and dreams.
Seeing the pitiful condition of her household, Ekta decided to never back down and pave her own path to success. For this, she enrolled herself in the ‘Udayan Shalini Fellowship Program’. From the program she received mentoring and guidance which provided her with firm support during the time of extreme hardships in her family. The workshops also helped her in becoming more vocal and gave her a platform to express her views. In the course of 5 years, she transformed from a shy girl to a truly empowered woman who displayed strength in the face of hardships
She completed her graduation in Economic Hons from Daulat Ram College and went on to pursue Master’s in economics from IGOU. Presently, she is working as a Financial Analyst at A&E information system Pvt. Ltd.
Team Building Workshop