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Asha Mentorship Programme hosts a Discussion Panel for Students and their Mentors

On the 14th June, the Asha Mentorship Programme held an important event at the Henry Lawson Centre at the Australian High Commisson. The session, hosted by the High Commission, was entitled ‘Discussion Panel: Tips from Human Resource Insiders.’ The purpose of the evening was to give the Asha College students in the Mentorship Programme some advice on their first steps into the competitive career market.

The event was introduced by Australian Deputy High Commission Dr Lachlan Strachan and the panelists were welcomed by Asha’s Founder and Director Dr Kiran Martin. Ms Caitlin Bell, Third Secretary (Political) was the emcee for the evening. The three speakers were Mr Abbas Rizvi, Manager Resourcing (Recruitments) at Ericsson India, Ms Tania Wilson, Counsellor (Immigration) at the Australian High Commission, and Ms Meenakshi Prahakhar, Director of Human Resources at the Pullman Gurgaon Central Park.

Dr Kiran Martin welcoming the panelists at the event

Dr Kiran Martin welcoming the panelists at the event

The panelists spoke to the some 55 students and around 10 of their mentors, who attended, on what employers look for in candidates who are fresh graduates. They gave tips on such topics as interviewing skills and career selection. Their session provided a huge amount of useful information for the students, few of whom have never come across a workplace setting or interview scenario.

A panelist,  Mr Abbas Rizvi speaking to the students and the mentors present

A panelist, Mr Abbas Rizvi speaking to the students and the mentors present

The discussion was the first of its kind in the Asha Mentorship Progamme where the students got a chance to interact with HR Professionals in a formal setting. The presentations were followed by a highly interactive question and answer period, in which the students asked dozens of questions to the panelists, from ‘how to make a good impression with a prospective employer,’ to real life situations that a few of the young people had experienced when applying for jobs.
We hope that this event is the first of many in our Asha Mentorship Programme that guides the students and their mentors along the journey that will lead the students towards a better future and promising careers.

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