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Career lessons give youths edge

They came with hopes and left with dreams.

“It was an amazing experience to be part of Dexterity School of Public Speaking, Leadership and Entrepreneurship,” said Shivangini Chari, currently pursuing economics from St Xavier’s College.

Shivangini, who completed her schooling from Carmel High School, seemed very excited while clasping an envelope in her hand.

The envelope carried her dreams and she was supposed to keep the envelope closed for some time so that she could see it later on. It was just before her felicitation and the excitement was palpable. “Five days of learning and getting opportunities for another year too. Not only this, I now also have the confidence to fulfil my dream,” said Shivangini.

She was among the 40 students from South Asia selected for the Dex School 2014, a five-day event. Around 2,400 potential applicants had opted for this. The event, which started on June 11, saw the students graduating on Sunday.

Sharad Vivek Sagar, the brain behind all this and the founder of Dex School, was right there at the venue — St Xavier’s College. He taught the students entrepreneurship curriculum.

Dex School comes under Dexterity Global, which is a Boston-based organisation. City-based Swaraj, associated with Dexterity Global, said: “Dex School was floated in 2013 with 30 students. The students are given information and resources so that more and more opportunities open up for them and they are ensured exposure.”

In the five days, participants got the opportunity to have first-hand account of the experiences of various professionals who delivered a lecture at the programme. IPS officer J.S. Gangwar shared his experiences too.

Gangwar explained how one has to take challenges and see to all administration, policy making and bureaucracy.

Father Robert Athical, the founder of Tarumitra (known for its green missions) explained things about Tarumitra. Not only this, the founder of Samman Foundation, Irfan Alam, also addressed the students. He said: “Students should learn to dream on this stage and should know how to turn the idea phase into reality.”

On the last day, school and college students came to know about careers in radio.