FAQs

Overview

  • What is the cost of the program? What does it include?

The cost of the program is Rs. 20,000* which covers the following:

  • Confidence to drive your career path and experiential curriculum with widespread exposure.
  • Quality work-readiness training and assessments followed by work immersion (internship) opportunity.
  • Community of Future CEOs with full- time job opportunities and alumni network.
  • Exposure to Harvard cases, books and methodology guided by dedicated mentors.
  • Personalized and parent feedback, coaching and conversation.
  • 100 hours of training and 400 hours of internship experience with one of our corporate partners based on skill matching and corporate requirements.
  • Facilitators at Talerang bring with them vast experiences and a rich educational background. They are certified by Talerang to deliver the curriculum through a rigorous process.
  • The students are trained on the following 6 modules: Self Awareness & Self Belief, Life vision, Perfect Communication, Working Smart, First Impressions and Bridge to Career.

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  • What are the key take-aways from the Talerang program?

The key take-aways from the Talerang program are:

  • Certificate of work-readiness. (100 hours Training)
  • Certificate from the company (Internship letter)
  • Work-readiness skills
  • A network of like-minded, goal-oriented people
  • Alumni support for life

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  • I would like to sponsor a student. How do I go about it?

If you would like to get involved by sponsoring a student, contact us.

  • When is the right time to do the Talerang program?

Parents often ask us this question. We honestly feel the sooner the better. We believe irrespective of which year of college a student is in, there are relevant takeaways from the program. Talerang’s Future CEOs Program helps students adjust to life in college. We mentor students on how to communicate effectively, interact with their peers, shed any fears that they might have and realise their true potential while in college! .

Although students of all age groups go through the same modules as part of the Future CEOs Program, the takeaways are different for each student. For students in their first year, the most important takeaway would be building their communication skills and realising their strengths and development areas. For students joining the program in their second year, the most relevant takeaway would be finding what they love doing with the help of proper mentorship and getting in-depth knowledge about the various career opportunities available today. For students applying for the program in their third year, the most important takeaway would be to realise what they want to do after graduation and get a full-time offer from the company they intern at.

Application and Selection Process

  • Who can apply to Talerang’s Future CEO Program?

All students studying for a Bachelor’s degree (e.g., 1st year 2nd year, 3rd year, Dual degree, etc.) can apply for the program.

Students from all fields (e.g. Science, Management, Finance, Arts, etc.) are welcome to apply.

Open to students pursuing a bachelor's degree in India or at a foreign university.

We enroll Masters students and young professionals on a case-by-case basis.

  • What does the application form include?

The application form takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and requires students to fill out the following fields:

  • Personal information
  • Academic information
  • Leadership experiences
  • Extra curricular activities
  • 2 short essays

You can find the application form here.

  • What is the application procedure?

The application procedure is online.

  • Step 1: Need to apply by the deadline corresponding to the batch date. Students are required to fill out our online application form
  • Step 2: Based on the application screening, selected students will be invited for 2 rounds of Skype (online) interviews; including a culture interview and skill interview.
  • Step 3: On the spot challenge / Surprise challenge - we send students a short module they need to answer and send back before the final offer
  • Step 4: Offer and payment
  • What do I do if I can’t afford it?

Talerang is need-blind. Students first need to clear our full selection process (click here to apply) and then will be automatically accepted into our program irrespective of whether or not they can pay.

Financial Aid is offered in the form of scholarships or a deferred payment option, and has historically been offered to up to 50% of the class. These are awarded based on need and merit and are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Once selected, students requiring financial aid will go through an additional interview round. Based on this interview, and our assessment of the student's financial need, he or she will be eligible for deferred payment options, as well part or full scholarships.

In the past, all students who have requested financial aid for genuine reasons have received it. As a social business, our focus is to create an impact for those who need it. Those who cannot afford our fee should still have the opportunity to be work-ready.

Training

  • How many hours does the program require?

The program requires a total of 500 hours broken up into:

  • 100 hours of training which comprises of:
    • Pre-work (30 hours)
    • In-class (30 hours)
    • Home-work (40 hours) - this includes a final project which aims to test students for the relevant skill-tracks that they choose.
  • 400 hours of internship
  • What does the training include?

The training covers the following 6 modules:

  • Self-awareness and self-belief
  • Life Vision
  • Perfect Communication
  • Working smart
  • First impressions
  • Bridge to career

Learn more here.

Internship

  • Which are some of the partner organizations that will provide internships to students?

Some of our partner organizations include: The Aditya Birla Group, The Godrej Group, Capital Harley Davidson, Times of India, Teach for India and Harvard Business School India Research Center. For more information about our corporate partners, you can refer to Organizational Partners on our website.

Read more here.

  • Will students be matched to internships based on their preferences?

Provided the student has not fired himself / herself from the program, he / she is eligible for an internship with one of our organisational partners! We have more than enough internships for all our students.

Placements will be decided based on matching the student’s skills to the company’s requirements for the internship role.

While Talerang will connect students to companies for internship opportunities, it does not guarantee any placements. However, 99% of our students have been placed in the past. Yash Mimani, a student of our first batch (Mumbai) interned at Zodius Advisors for 8 weeks and later on received a pre- placement offer from Zodius. Currently, he is working at McKinsey & Company.

  • Will students receive an internship stipend?

We encourage companies to offer a stipend in the range of Rs 7,500 per month. While so far, all our internships have been paid (the lowest stipend has been 3000/month and the highest stipend being 20,000/month), Talerang does not guarantee the stipend amount. It will need to be discussed between the student and the company. The stipend varies from company to company. The idea of the stipend is to reward students for their work, or help students recover the cost of the program if they are on financial aid.

  • How does the placement process work?

Overall quartile of work-readiness: students who perform well across our 6 modules have access to more selective companies.

Process:

  • We offer 3 interviews with our Corporate partners. These partners are decided by us, in consultation with the student. We do not offer specific locations or companies if we do not feel that the student is a good fit for the company.
  • The student needs to perform in the interview - rejection rate for all 3 interviews is extremely rare. Talerang has seen a rejection of much lower than the norm at 1% of students. We decide the fit and match accordingly for interviews to ensure selection.
  • Demand is generated by the companies and students are matched accordingly.

Demand is subject to change, depending on company needs and preferences.

  • Can we do the course without the internship?

If a student is applying only for the training component, the application process remains the same. On successfully entering the program, the proposition can be discussed with the team.

Although you can apply only for the course, the certificate is different. One is the Training Certificate while the other is Internship Certificate.

  • Can I choose to do an internship in the winter / next summer?

Yes, but that is decided on a case by case basis.

  • I have only 4 weeks till my college starts. Can I still get an internship?

Anything less than a 6-week internship is usually not encouraged, however in such a case, we’ll try our best to find the right fit.

  • Am I guaranteed a great internship experience?

All our students are eligible for a structured internship with one of our organisational partners based on his / her skill-track preferences and the company's requirements. However some students (due to not following protocol) fire themselves from the program and are no longer eligible for the internship. This is less than 3% of our entire cohort and is mainly due to attendance, unprofessionalism or misconduct (as opposed to lacking skills) which makes it hard for us to place the student. The internships are usually challenging and companies often may make changes to the work assigned to an intern depending on their assessment of the student's capabilities. Hence while a structured internship is offered to all students, the type of work may vary depending on the student's perceived capability and attitude by the company.

  • What if I don't have a great internship experience?

We would love for all students to have a worthwhile internship experience! We provide:

  1. Weekly internship office hours with Talerang
  2. Pre- internship training : Students are given a formal introduction about the skill-track they have chosen and what would be expected of them at the internship
  3. Post- internship follow up : We collect internship assessment reports from the companies and follow up with companies if a student did not have a great experience

Do keep in mind that all interns struggle during their first work experience whether it is dealing with too much work, too little work, stress and commuting. Part of adjusting to the work environment is doing tasks that don't always seem exciting because they add value to the company you are working for. If you are having a tough time at your internship, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can support you to improve your experience. You must also reach out to the alumni mentor assigned to you and ask them for advice. Additionally we request you to drop in an e-mail to our Corporate Engagement Lead Kshitij Jain at kshitij@talerang.com, cc shveta@talerang.com if the situation seems very difficult. This will allow us to step-in and help you out or alternatively reassign you if the situation is beyond repair.

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