Interview with “Skilled Interns” founder…

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Skilled intern is a startup by mr. Gaurang ,who completed his graduation in engineering in 2012.

Skilled interns works in following fields:

•Providing internships to the students
•Providing interns to the company
•Providing internship assistance to students from foreign countries
•Skill Development and Training .

Its our pleasure that Gaurang shared his journey with us.Lets explore skilled interns.

Techaloo:How the entrepreneurship journey started? Or who inspired you to start business?
Gaurang:As they say , entrepreneur solves real life problems . And I had been problem solver since I was kid . During 8th grade , we had fete in college , and we sold lots of sandwiches in our stall , diminishing the hunger of our visitors .
I love to read biographies . I read about Richard Branson , who started businesses during his teens and expanded the vertical to 300 different domains . He inspired me to start business by solving the real life problems and love what ever you do . I am consistently inspired by people like Dhirubhai Ambani , Lakshmi Niwas Mittal who are business giants and their persona is amazing .

Techaloo:You just graduated from a good institute, why did you prefer entrepreneurship over a job?
Gaurang:Business always had been fantasy for me . And my inclination always had been towards the job creator not to do a job . I love to solve real life problems & contribute back to society . With entrepreneurship , I do both .
At the end of the day , entrepreneurship tends to be better choice since you are not working for your own family but for other 1000s of employees family .

Techaloo:Share some info about “Skilled Interns” here?
Gaurang:SkilledInterns is lies in Education & Human Resources Industries .
SkilledInterns provides dedicated 1 to 1 trainings to its students to increase their employability . Throughout the training period , their competency tests are taken to visualize their progress .
After they have mastered their subject , they are sent to Startups & SMEs for internships to broaden their vision and skill set.
We be the bridge for companies to hire the skilled interns / employees .

Techaloo:What was the vision mission of the company? What exactly you wanted to do when you started your business?
Gaurang:Vision of company is to be largest Human Resource Domain Corporate and Immediate goals being declining the rate of unemployment in India .
Indian Economy used to be largest till early 10th Century . And there used to be zero unemployment then . We want to contribute to national economy and reduce unemployment to zero . Also we are bringing culture of peer to peer education to promote literacy .

Techaloo:What kind of difficulties you had faced while starting business?
Gaurang:We faced difficulties consistently and we still do . Establishing connections with students , making them trust us was really difficult job . We offered free introductory workshops to reluctant students , mentored them to solve these problems .
There is lots of competition in this market and we are proud of smartness of our competition . Thanks to our team’s strategies & passion, we are moving ahead swiftly .

Techaloo:Share with our readers about discovery period when you were facing difficulties in your business?
Gaurang:We had long discovery period of about 2 years . During this , we talked to over 600 Engineering students of different fields . We asked about their future goals , their passion , what they think about their college , etc.
We studied the information , did research and then we were designing some products / services which would solve problems which they were facing .
Reaching out to 600 students of different colleges / trades / years was very challenging yet interesting task to do .

Techaloo:Share with our readers about your experiment period after discovery period?
Gaurang:We had experiment period of about 1 year .
. During this phase , we started several portals with different variations to get feedbacks and generate statistics of usage . We also focused on user’s behavior and hence did lots of behavioral analysis .
We self professed ourselves in different fields to cut the costs .

Techaloo:What are your future plans? Or now what is your vision for next five years?
Gaurang:In next five years , we will be establishing ourselves in every single college of India by opening chapters in them . We will make sure that no student is having fear of jobs . Every student will be identifying their interest / passion within first week of beginning of their course .
We don’t have any exit plans for future . We foresee long term growth , develop some interactive mobile apps for increasing user interaction , to turn a raw talent into a skilled intern for corporates .

Techaloo: What will be your advice/suggestion for new entrepreneurs for starting new business?
Gaurang:I have to repeat the cliché .
Don’t work for money . Identify your passion and start working in that field . Try to visualize about any product which will be solving some real life problem and market it . Soon you will see how it will grow up and will become a full blossoming business .

Techaloo: Few words about techaloo.com?
Gaurang: Techaloo is great initiative and I am impressed by the fact that how they nicely they follow up with people . It’s exciting to see such warm welcoming nature .
I wish Techaloo team great future ahead .

Contact:
Name: Gaurang Agrawal
Company: SkilledInterns
Website: http://skilledinterns.com
Linkedin: gaurangagrawal3
Twitter: @skilledinterns

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Mohit Bansal(23) is B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India. He has interest in business and entrepreneurship and has published couple of research articles. He is also associated with various NGOs. He is with Techaloo when it was just in concept stage. The Techaloo site was not existing even then. Currently Mohit is working with Mu Sigma as a Business Analyst Profile.

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