Catalyst alumna Sromona hired by aluminium giant Vedanta Limited from Masters in Social Work
Catalyst alumna Sromona Chakravarty has been hired by Vedanta Limited, one of India’s largest producer of aluminium .
Sromona was trained for her Masters with the live online preparatory support at Catalyst while she was pursuing her under-graduate studies in Sociology from Lady Brabourne College in Kolkata. She pursued her Masters in Social Work from the prestigious Madras School of Social Work in Chennai. Sromona was selected for the CSR vertical of Vedanta during the campus placements.
CSR starting salaries range from INR 7 lakhs per anum and goes up to INR 30 lakhs.
Vedanta Limited is a leading natural resources conglomerate in India, with operations in the mining, metals, and oil and gas sectors. The company has a strong commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), and its CSR initiatives are focused on the following areas:
Children’s well-being and education: Vedanta supports a variety of programs to improve the quality of education and well-being of children in its operational areas. These programs include providing scholarships, building and renovating schools, and training teachers.
Healthcare: Vedanta provides free healthcare services to communities in its operational areas through its network of mobile medical units and hospitals. The company also supports programs to improve maternal and child health, and to raise awareness about diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria.
Women’s empowerment: Vedanta supports a variety of programs to empower women and girls in its operational areas. These programs include providing vocational training, promoting microfinance, and supporting self-help groups.
Sustainable livelihoods: Vedanta supports programs to help communities in its operational areas develop sustainable livelihoods. These programs include providing training in agriculture, animal husbandry, and other skills.
Environment protection and restoration: Vedanta is committed to protecting and restoring the environment in its operational areas. The company has planted millions of trees, and it has invested in renewable energy and other sustainable technologies.
In FY2021-22, Vedanta spent ₹331.12 crore on CSR initiatives in India. The company’s CSR initiatives have benefited over 2.4 million people in India.
Here are some specific examples of Vedanta’s CSR initiatives in India:
Nand Ghars: Vedanta has built over 275 Nand Ghars, or community centers, in villages in its operational areas. Nand Ghars provide a variety of services to villagers, including healthcare, education, and vocational training.
Vedanta Schools: Vedanta has established 13 English-medium schools in its operational areas. Vedanta Schools provide high-quality education to children from low-income families.
Mobile Medical Units: Vedanta operates a network of over 100 mobile medical units that provide free healthcare services to communities in its operational areas.
Vocational Training Centers: Vedanta operates a number of vocational training centers that provide training to young people in skills such as agriculture, animal husbandry, and computer literacy.
Self-Help Groups: Vedanta supports over 10,000 self-help groups in its operational areas. Self-help groups provide women with access to credit and training, and they help women to start their own businesses.
Vedanta’s CSR initiatives are making a significant difference in the lives of people in its operational areas. The company’s commitment to CSR is an example of how businesses can play a positive role in society.
Are you interested in a career with CSR? Register for a Career Mapping Session. Here are some ways Catalyst can help you:
Career Counseling: Catalyst can offer one-on-one career counseling sessions to understand the aspirant’s goals, strengths, and areas of interest within CSR. This initial assessment helps create a personalised career plan.
Skill Development: Catalyst can provide training and skill development programs tailored to CSR roles. This may include workshops on sustainability, stakeholder engagement, impact assessment, and ethical business practices.
Educational Pathways: Catalyst can assist in identifying suitable academic programs and institutions offering courses or degrees in CSR, sustainability, or related fields. They can help navigate the admission process.
Entrance Exam Preparation: If required, Catalyst can offer coaching or resources to prepare for entrance exams or interviews for admission to CSR-focused programs.
Networking Opportunities: Catalyst may organize events, seminars, or webinars that bring together CSR professionals, aspirants, and experts. These events provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and exposure to industry trends.
Internship and Job Placements: Catalyst can connect aspirants with internship opportunities at CSR organizations or corporate entities with CSR divisions. They can also assist in job placement by sharing job openings and preparing aspirants for interviews.
Mentorship: Catalyst can facilitate mentorship programs where experienced CSR professionals guide and support aspirants in their career journey.
Industry Insights: Catalyst can provide access to resources, publications, and case studies related to CSR, allowing aspirants to stay updated on industry best practices and emerging trends.
Soft Skills Development: Apart from technical skills, Catalyst can offer training in soft skills like communication, leadership, teamwork, and project management, which are essential in CSR roles.
Project Exposure: Aspirants may have opportunities to work on real CSR projects or initiatives, either through internships or collaborative programs, to gain practical experience.
Career Path Planning: Catalyst can help aspirants chart a clear career path within CSR, whether it’s in sustainability reporting, community engagement, impact assessment, or another specialization.
Resource Sharing: Catalyst can provide access to a library of CSR-related materials, research papers, and reports that can aid in academic studies and research projects.
Continuous Learning: To keep aspirants updated with the latest CSR trends, Catalyst may offer continuous learning opportunities through webinars, seminars, and workshops.
Certifications: Catalyst can guide aspirants in obtaining relevant certifications in CSR, sustainability, or related fields, enhancing their credentials.
Community Engagement: Catalyst may encourage aspirants to actively participate in CSR-related community projects, providing hands-on experience and a sense of social responsibility.
Madras School of Social Work (MSSW) Chennai is a premier institution for social work education in India. The MSW program at MSSW is a two-year, full-time program that prepares students for careers in social work practice, research, and policy.
The MSW program at MSSW Chennai covers a wide range of topics, including:
Social work theory and practice
Social research methods
Social policy and advocacy
Human development and behavior
Social justice and equity
Social work skills and interventions
The program also includes a field placement, which gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.
Graduates of the MSW program at MSSW Chennai have a wide range of career prospects. They can work in a variety of settings, including:
Hospitals and clinics
Schools and universities
Social workers can play a vital role in addressing a wide range of social problems, including poverty, homelessness, mental health issues, and substance abuse. They can also work to promote social justice and equity for all members of society.
MSSW Chennai has a good track record of placements for its MSW graduates. The college has a dedicated placement cell that works with students to prepare them for the job market and to connect them with potential employers.
Some of the companies that have recruited MSSW Chennai MSW graduates in recent years include:
Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)
Save the Children
World Vision India
The starting salary for MSW graduates from MSSW Chennai varies depending on the employer and the job role. However, most graduates can expect to earn a starting salary of ₹ 7 lakhs per annum and above.
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