This article has been published in partnership with Arthan Careers, Amani Institute and IIC.
At a time when conventional career choices are being questioned across various mediums, the shift in purpose is imminent.
An increasing number of youngsters are looking to put their educational qualification to substantial use which benefits not only them but also the society at large.
However, even though there is an increasing interest to go off-track and do something that impacts the lives of ordinary people, the shortage of knowledge and information about alternative career options has become an obstruction for many to take the call.
This is where a collaborative effort by Arthan, Amani Institute, and the International Innovation Corps (IIC) comes in.
While Arthan is a social enterprise committed to transforming human capital in the social impact
space in India, the Amani institute has been developing professionals who create social impact through a unique approach to education and talent development. The Chicago-based IIC, on the other hand, creates scalable solutions to critical social impact issues.
The timely alliance is all set to dispel doubts and misconceptions by hosting a conference series titled ‘Demystifying Social Impact Careers.’ It will bring together social workers, activists, and practitioners in the social impact sector to educate people about the myriad of career options in this field.
While addressing pertinent questions about the sector and its increasing diversity, it will also challenge misconceptions about social work. For example, it can only be done with the help of an NGO, or that a career in this sector means settling for low pay and making umpteen sacrifices.
Unlike most conferences that heavily rely on the sage-on-the-stage format, this one will be based on curating meaningful and inspiring conversations between the speakers and the attendees.
While the launch (hosted by the University of Chicago centre) will be held in Delhi on April 24, the subsequent events will be held later, in Bengaluru and Mumbai.
Some of the prominent speakers at the conference include:
1. Christopher Turillo
The co-founder of Medha, an organisation which works on education, employability and career development in Uttar Pradesh, Christopher has helped transform thousands of lives. Till date, Medha has trained and placed more than 10,000 students from across 60 educational institutes. Additionally, it has also forged a public-private partnership with over 500 employers.
2. Manas Rath
Manas is the co-founder of The Blue Water Company which constructs sewage and faecal sludge treatment plants to reduce environmental pollution and encourage reuse of wastewater.
Having closely worked with various NGOs and social businesses, he is now the senior advisor to BORDA (Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association), and the CDD (Consortium for DEWATSTM Dissemination) which work to improve sanitation services in India.
3. Sakshi Gudwani
Sakshi comes with substantial experience in various fields across the private, public, and non-profit sector. Currently, she is a Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and actively manages its initiatives concerning water, sanitation, and hygiene (WSH) in India.
With a focus on program design, institutional strengthening and capacity building, strategic communications, and policy and advocacy, she has been working on various projects, notably the Avahan program for HIV prevention in India.
4. Aakanksha Gulati
From being a trader on Wall Street, she is now the Delhi City Director and member of the Senior Leadership Team at the Teach For India. With a diverse experience of more than a decade, she provides a regional outlook to national-level decision making, monitoring, and strategic planning.
5. Chakshu Roy
One of the few who helped set up the first comprehensive database of the state legislation in the country, Chakshu is an expert on the rules and procedures and the functioning of the Parliament. He has been involved with various civil society organisations to guide and engage them to the nitty-gritty of the legislations. As part of this initiative, he has also trained various groups of journalists to equip them with the proper knowledge of the legislative proceedings and how to track them.
Spread across various fields of expertise, other speakers include Aalekh Sharan, Ashutosh Tyagi, Kartik Desai, Moutushi Sengupta, Payal Randhawa, Prachi Windlass, Priyanka Dutt, Rohan Sandhu, Roshan Paul, Rukmini Banerji, Satyam Vyas, Shelley Thakral, Srikanth Viswanathan, Vithika Yadav, Vivek Sharma, and Yamini Aiyar.
Find more details about the event here.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)