Kahini Ojha’s journey is a testament to the transformative power of passion and purpose. A geography graduate turned urban mobility professional, she’s paving the way for sustainable transportation systems that prioritise inclusivity, gender sensitivity, and liveability.
Catalyst: The Incubator of Change
Kahini’s Catalyst journey began with the Master’s Preparatory Programme, a rigorous curriculum designed to equip aspiring social sector aspiring professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills. The program’s focus on sustainability and climate action resonated deeply with Kahini, shaping her vision for an equitable and environmentally responsible future for urban transportation.
The program’s strength lay in its diverse curriculum, encompassing research methodologies, policy analysis, social science entrance test – interview preparation, communication strategies, and leadership development. Renowned mentors from institutions like TISS and University of Calcutta provided invaluable guidance, while guest lectures from industry experts exposed Kahini to the realities of the urban mobility landscape.
Xavier’s Institute of Management University, Bhubaneswar: Where Theory Meets Practice
Armed with the Catalyst foundation, Kahini pursued an MBA in Urban Management and Governance at the prestigious Xavier’s Institute of Management University, Bhubaneswar. This esteemed institute provided the perfect platform to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application. The curriculum’s focus on urban development, infrastructure management, and policy formulation gave Kahini the tools to translate her vision into concrete action.
Recruiters, Salaries, and Job Profiles: Unveiling the XIMB Advantage
XIMB’s reputation as a breeding ground for top talent attracts leading recruiters across various sectors, including urban mobility. Companies like WRI India, PwC, and CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory actively participate in campus placements, offering competitive salaries and diverse job profiles. Starting salaries for graduates with Kahini’s skillset can range from INR 6 lakhs to INR 10 lakhs per annum, with opportunities for rapid career growth.
UITP: Researching for a Sustainable Future
Today, Kahini’s dedication to sustainable transportation has found a home at UITP, New Delhi, India – the International Association of Public Transport. As a researcher, she contributes to UITP’s mission of promoting sustainable urban mobility solutions worldwide. Her research focuses on understanding the challenges and opportunities of integrating different modes of transportation, creating accessible and gender-inclusive systems, and promoting the use of clean technologies.
Catalyst: The Spark That Ignited the Flame
Kahini’s story is not just about personal success; it’s a testament to the impact Catalyst has on shaping future generations of changemakers. Our commitment to nurturing social development professionals like Kahini is not only improving lives but also building a more sustainable and equitable future for our cities.
So, the next time you see a smoothly running public transport system or a thoughtfully designed bike lane, remember, there might be a Catalyst alumna like Kahini working behind the scenes, ensuring everyone has a safe, accessible, and sustainable way to get around.
Are you interested in a rewarding career with the social sector – sustainability – climate action ? Register for a Career Mapping Session. Here are some ways Catalyst can help you:
- Entrance Exam Preparation: Catalyst provides specialised coaching and guidance for various entrance exams related to social sciences, public policy, and development studies. This includes exams for admissions into top institutions like TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), IIPH (Indian Institutes of Public Health), Azim Premji University, and others. Comprehensive study materials, mock exams, and expert guidance are provided to ensure students are well-prepared.
- Career Mapping: Catalyst offers career mapping services to help individuals identify their strengths, interests, and career goals within the social sector. This includes helping students understand the various career paths available, such as social work, public health, development studies, and more.
- Skill Development: The social sector demands a unique skill set. Catalyst conducts skill development programs that focus on essential skills like research, data analysis, project management, and communication. These skills are vital for success in roles related to policy analysis, program management, and advocacy.
- Internship and Project Support: Catalyst assists students in finding relevant internships and projects within the social sector. This hands-on experience is invaluable for building practical skills and understanding real-world challenges in areas like healthcare, education, and community development.
- Interview Preparation: For students aiming to secure admissions to prestigious institutions or land jobs in the social sector, Catalyst conducts interview preparation sessions. This includes mock interviews, feedback, and guidance on how to present their skills and experiences effectively.
- Networking Opportunities: Catalyst organises events, workshops, and seminars that provide networking opportunities with professionals and organisations in the social sector. Building a strong professional network is essential for career growth and finding job opportunities.
- Mentorship: Experienced mentors from Catalyst provide one-on-one guidance and support to students and professionals. They offer insights into the industry, share their experiences, and help mentees navigate their career paths.
- Customised Training: Catalyst understands that individuals come from diverse backgrounds and have different career aspirations. They offer customised training programs tailored to the unique needs and goals of each student or professional.
- Continuous Learning: The social sector is dynamic, and professionals need to stay updated with the latest developments. Catalyst offers continuous learning opportunities through webinars, workshops, and access to relevant publications and resources.
- Placement Support: Catalyst provides assistance in job placements and fellowships within the social sector. They connect students and professionals with organisations that align with their career goals.
About Catalyst: Since 2011, students and working professionals have been able to successfully craft a career with Bachelors and Masters programmes offered by TISS, Azim Premji University, TERI, XIM, IIT, Nirmala Niketan, NLSIU, Sciences Po, London School of Economics and Political Science, Symbiosis, IIMC, ACJ, XIC, JNU, Ambedkar University et al with capacity building training for development sector at Catalyst.
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