Raj: I felt it’s important for us to support those bright students who are not able to pursue higher studies due to financial reasons. I could connect to this cause.
Asim: In your initial years of career, how has mentorship helped you to guide the children associated with the program?
Raj: We all have got guidance and mentorship from various people at different stages of our life (as a student and in professional life as well). This is the time for us to return to society what we have learnt in our life. I have received excellent mentorship and guidance from many of the seniors at Cadence. I’m glad that I got this opportunity to leverage those learnings for a good cause.
Asim: What are the tactics used and challenges faced while mentoring?
Raj: It’s not just about the subject, we need to focus on their holistic development. We need to spend quality time with these students, understand their pain points and help them in overcoming those. Financial support is only a sub-set of our overall responsibility. The bigger responsibility is to coach/guide them properly to face real-life challenges.
Asim: Finally, what keeps you involved with this program year after year?
Raj: It’s truly inspiring to see these students coming from such a background scoring very high in the academics and cracking some of the country’s top competitive exams like JEE, NEET, etc. Not only in academics, we have also seen some of the students play at National and State level sports. Their dedication and fighting spirit are truly motivating.