Talerang began as a project at Harvard Business School with the aim to bridge the gap between what colleges teach and what organizations look for. After a year of conducting research at several organizations and running pilots at a few leading colleges in India, we found that less than 60% of the students surveyed felt ready for a front-office job. Less than 50% had someone to go to for advice on their life path. Almost 50% of students at top undergraduate universities in India do not secure work internships in their college years, which makes their first job the first time they have ever worked.
Additionally, our research identified that between the college education students receive and the demands of today’s premium organizations there was a gap of six key skills. We felt that if things continued this way, India would soon see a crisis in the work-readiness space. A real crisis – one that has the potential to disillusion our youth and affect the health of our economy.Based on the research, Talerang sought to address the transition from being a student to joining the workforce, and a social enterprise was born in the summer of 2013.