This was something Arshi Khan, 24, faced. She was clueless after her father, who guided her, passed away. After talking to a few friends, she decided to do what most were doing: engineering.
“After a year, I realised this was not what I wanted to do, and dropped out of engineering. But then I saw the problem wasn’t unique to me. There were many who chose a wrong career path or just didn’t know what they could do,” Arshi says
The platform has three stages : choice feeling with an expert , where a student gets step by step guidance of different career path and choices . Arshi explains the councelling depends on the grades of the students , interests and aptitude.
The startup also analyses the student’s profile and helps them work on an assessment. Based on this, the platform helps the student decide on a career path and the right college for the same.
The team has also launched a YouTube channel StudentKhabri, which offers various awareness creation videos.
While Arshi had the idea in place, starting up came with different challenges: building the team, getting tech support, and financial assistance.
She started by hiring college interns. Tech, however, remained a challenge, and Arshi, while she did take the help of college students, knew that she needed a strong tech head. She met Avinash Seth at an event, and the AWS-certified professional corporate trainer joined her as CTO.
She soon roped in Rothar Jelis, who was running a career counselling business. CollegeKhabri is now a team of 20.
The team charges students between Rs 1,000 and Rs 10,000 as counselling fees. Arshi explains this varies, based on the students’ counselling needs and requirements. It depends on their grades and performance, and where the counsellor deems the student’s aptitude, she adds.
“In three months, close to 19,000 students approached us. Of these, 1,700 signed up for our counselling services. We already have over 10,000-plus queries related to admission in UG courses,” Arshi says.
CollegeKhabri, which was bootstrapped with an initial investment of Rs 25,000, made revenue of Rs 30 lakh in three months, claims the founder.
Each year, over 13 million youngsters in India look to join the workforce. Of these, barely 10 percent are employable, says a report by WeForum. It is to solve this problem that startups like iDreamCareer, which raised an undisclosed Pre-Series A funding from US-based education and skilling sector focussed impact investor Gray Matters Capital, and others like Kozhikode-based vLead were born.