“It has been a remarkable transformational journey for me. It inspired me to shape myself to be a professional. This program is a must for rural students, who aspire to achieve their goals with limited available resources.”
Rakshith always nurtured the dream of becoming a design engineer as machines and tools fascinated him since he was a schoolboy. This was a driving force for choosing Mechanical Engineering as his area of specialization. But changing the preference to the IT sector was his heart's calling after he experienced the spirit of volunteering, devotion, and sacrifice of the trainers from the TCS Youth Employment Program. At the end of the training, he was determined to join TCS. It was the one place where he saw himself being able to best give back to society. The TCS Volunteer-Trainers inspired him to service and revealed his inner-calling. As soon as he joined TCS in 2018, he was drawn to volunteering his time through corporate social responsibility programs and Maitree initiatives. Within a year of joining, Rakshith was awarded the Best CSR volunteer of 2019 and he also bagged the CSR Champion Award For 2020.
This is one of the many such inspiring stories of program beneficiaries turned volunteers in the Youth Employment Program.
Rakshith, outside his working hours, now conducts on an average 8-10 aptitude sessions in every quarter with 40-60 students attending each session across 14 colleges with full dedication and passion.
Rakshith DS' family's only source of sustenance till two years ago was their paddy field in Nadahalli Village, Hassan district in the South Indian state of Karnataka. Two years into employment with TCS, Rakshith added to the family's holdings; it now owns a Coffee Estate near their village. His household carries tell-tale signs that Rakshith’s support after becoming the first engineer in his family has made a difference, especially after the family's long journey.
During the last three semesters of his graduation program, he joined the TCS Youth Employment Program for rural undergraduates in engineering colleges. At the conclusion of the program, he wrote in his feedback: “I can proudly say that this program has helped me a lot to improve my basics and created a stronger foundation for both technical domain as well as for business communication. Each session taught me new concepts through various real-life examples and activities, the interactive teaching methods, techniques and practical sessions was a whole new level of experience. The program played a significant role in making me become more confident.”