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19 year old Tejashree’s journey towards self-reliance

Tejashree had to drop out of her Pre-University Course due to financial constraints during the pandemic. But when one possesses a positive attitude, nothing can really set one back. 

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Everyone faces obstacles in life. We deal with challenges and failures on our way but it’s our attitude towards these obstacles that become an important part of our life. When one possesses a positive attitude, one gradually becomes stronger and more successful. Such is the story of 19 year old Tejashree S. from Bangalore.

Tejashree had completed her 2nd year Pre-University Course (PUC) but was forced to drop out due to financial problems in the family during the pandemic. Her father Shankar works at Horticultural Producers Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Limited (HOPCOMS) as a fruit and vegetable vendor, while her mother Ammu is a homemaker. Not wanting to be sitting at home when she could be supporting her family, Tejashree was determined to look for a job with a good income. However, she knew that she needed to upgrade her computer skills, and paid courses weren’t feasible due to family circumstances.

It was Tejashree’s friend Bibi Ameena who told her about the MyQuest course. Ameena was a student at the Association for Promoting Social Action’s (APSA) center in Jayanagar. Seeing how learning new digital skills could help kick-start her career, it did not take much persuasion for Tejashree to enroll for the course. 

“I voluntarily participated in all the sessions and events and would help my friends too with their learning. I also took interest in the lessons and learnt about the various skills through the Quest App videos such as 21st century skills, customer interaction, spoken English and life skills. These, together with the motivational sessions and regular classes, helped me realize the importance of these skills for obtaining my desired job. I also learnt about MS Office, safe use of email and the internet. I learnt how to use a computer and improved my typing skills. The online and offline mock interviews built my confidence for attending live interviews later on,” she adds.

Tejashree attended a total of 3 interviews. In her third interview, she was selected to work as a Tele Executive at a cooperative credit service. She is now able to contribute to her household income.

Tejashree is excited about her new job and the opportunities it will open up for her by way of financial self-reliance. Her zeal to become self reliant truly pushes us to work further on our endeavors. 

Quest Alliance, with support from State Street, works with partner organizations like APSA to equip young people like Tejashree with career-readiness training and help them make informed career decisions.

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Read more about this project that's funded by State Street, empowering 400 youth like Tejashree in Bangalore and Hyderabad

Tejashree S.

Alumni, APSA (December 2021 Batch)

“I took interest in the lessons and learnt about the various skills through the Quest App videos such as 21st century skills, customer interaction, spoken English and life skills. These, together with the motivational sessions and regular classes, helped me realize the importance of these skills for obtaining my desired job.”