Shubhra Jha’s experience with Teach for India Fellowship Program

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Teaching is one of the most promising profession or career option. The work of teaching doesn’t merely include standing before the students in a classroom and making them learn things, but the implications of the job brings a lot more and wide impact on the teachers’ lives as it does to that of the students, the reason why Teach for India Fellowship program recruits most promising and deserving college graduates and working professionals from all over the country.

Shubhra Jha is one such bright and exemplary student of VNIT who not only got selected for this fellowship program but also cleared all the three stages of the process. Below here, Shubhra talks about her experience about applying for the fellowship and receiving it.

How did you come across the Teach for India Fellowship?

Being a student of VNIT I knew about the Scholarship search engine the students of my college had developed, ScholFin. Out of inquisition, I registered myself on this portal, and it enabled me to find the right fellowship in just 3 clicks!

Did you apply for any other fellowship/scholarship apart from Teach for India? If not, why?

For a long time now, I yearned to be a teacher. And, Teach for India is one such fellowship that accepts applications from college graduates, this meant that I didn’t have to wait to get my post-graduation done. Therefore, I did not feel the need to apply for any other fellowship/scholarship.

Can you tell us about the selection process of the fellowship program?

The selection procedure was exactly the way it is specified on the website. I underwent the 3 stage selection, wherein I was asked about myself, my previous experiences and the changes that I want to see in the country’s education system. During the telephonic interview, the authorities had been really helpful and co-operative. For the one day assessment, my center was Mumbai wherein the mock teaching, group discussions and a one hour interview took place; overall, it was not a very stringent process, things went about very smoothly and in a calm way.

What do you think was unique about you/your application that got you selected?

As the fellowship is purely based on the teaching job, my passion for teaching, my experience in working for an NGO- Make a Difference, wherein I have taught students different subjects and enjoyed doing so. This was probably what made me stand out and got me through this highly selective and coveted program.

What tips/suggestions would you give to anyone who applies for the Teach for India fellowship program?

Though there are no important points that one should focus on, but a few suggestions from my side would be-

  1. Be honest throughout the process; do not make any false claims to somehow get selected.
  2. Listen to the questions asked carefully, figure out what the interviewer is willing to know and answer.
  3. Keep calm throughout the process and do not answer in haste.
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask any doubts or queries, remove ambiguity when and where required and answer as they expect you to.
  5. Having a command over English language will certainly help.

What are your future plans after the fellowship program?

I want to keep working with communities that are engaged in getting people educated, my endeavor is to impart knowledge among as many people as possible and I want to focus mainly on helping the people who are deprived of education.

Good luck!

Author: scholfin

ScholFin – India’s First Scholarship Search Engine

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Shubhra Jha’s experience with Teach for India Fellowship Program

teach for india fellowship

Teaching is one of the most promising profession or career option. The work of teaching doesn’t merely include standing before the students in a classroom and making them learn things, but the implications of the job brings a lot more and wide impact on the teachers’ lives as it does to that of the students, the reason why Teach for India Fellowship program recruits most promising and deserving college graduates and working professionals from all over the country.

Shubhra Jha is one such bright and exemplary student of VNIT who not only got selected for this fellowship program but also cleared all the three stages of the process. Below here, Shubhra talks about her experience about applying for the fellowship and receiving it.

How did you come across the Teach for India Fellowship?

Being a student of VNIT I knew about the Scholarship search engine the students of my college had developed, ScholFin. Out of inquisition, I registered myself on this portal, and it enabled me to find the right fellowship in just 3 clicks!

Did you apply for any other fellowship/scholarship apart from Teach for India? If not, why?

For a long time now, I yearned to be a teacher. And, Teach for India is one such fellowship that accepts applications from college graduates, this meant that I didn’t have to wait to get my post-graduation done. Therefore, I did not feel the need to apply for any other fellowship/scholarship.

Can you tell us about the selection process of the fellowship program?

The selection procedure was exactly the way it is specified on the website. I underwent the 3 stage selection, wherein I was asked about myself, my previous experiences and the changes that I want to see in the country’s education system. During the telephonic interview, the authorities had been really helpful and co-operative. For the one day assessment, my center was Mumbai wherein the mock teaching, group discussions and a one hour interview took place; overall, it was not a very stringent process, things went about very smoothly and in a calm way.

What do you think was unique about you/your application that got you selected?

As the fellowship is purely based on the teaching job, my passion for teaching, my experience in working for an NGO- Make a Difference, wherein I have taught students different subjects and enjoyed doing so. This was probably what made me stand out and got me through this highly selective and coveted program.

What tips/suggestions would you give to anyone who applies for the Teach for India fellowship program?

Though there are no important points that one should focus on, but a few suggestions from my side would be-

  1. Be honest throughout the process; do not make any false claims to somehow get selected.
  2. Listen to the questions asked carefully, figure out what the interviewer is willing to know and answer.
  3. Keep calm throughout the process and do not answer in haste.
  4. Don’t hesitate to ask any doubts or queries, remove ambiguity when and where required and answer as they expect you to.
  5. Having a command over English language will certainly help.

What are your future plans after the fellowship program?

I want to keep working with communities that are engaged in getting people educated, my endeavor is to impart knowledge among as many people as possible and I want to focus mainly on helping the people who are deprived of education.

Good luck!

Author: scholfin

ScholFin – India’s First Scholarship Search Engine

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