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Sayali Deshmukh was encouraged to attend school and university by her parents, so she wouldn’t face the same economic hardships they did.

She studied Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering at the Government College of Engineering and Research in Avasari Khurd - but often struggled to articulate her ideas when presenting to her class.

The solution came in the form of TCS’ Employability program, as part of which students from rural colleges gain in-demand, industry relevant skills, and receive mentoring by IT professionals over a two-year period, helping them bridge the gap between education and a technology career.

In her pre-final year at college, Sayali joined the program and learned valuable business skills to ready for the world of work, including how to present her ideas in an interview or meeting.

Sayali then took the TCS National Qualifier Test (TCS NQT) prior to graduation - and her hard work paid off. She was selected for a position with TCS upon graduation – meaning she spring-boarded right from college into the beginnings of a bright, new career in the IT industry.

“I had employment waiting for me before I graduated, and the interview skills sessions and role plays really helped me to improve my confidence and overcome my stage fright,” Sayali says – encouraging other rural students just like her to also join the program.





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