Jagriti Pande

Hey there, 

I am so glad that you want to know about how and why this course started. 

This is going to be straight from the heart I promise 😊

We are all a sum total of people and environment around us. I was lucky to have gotten the best of both.

However, best doesn’t always means easy!

Sometimes the most challenging people and circumstances make you better. For me the lack of mentoring throughout my education inspired me to strive to become the mentor I never had! I feel I am not there yet, but I am trying. 

Both my parents come from humble backgrounds.

My Mom comes from a family of teachers. Her father established the first school for the children of a remote village in hilly areas of Uttarakhand, India. He did not have money but had the will to educate not only his children but every other child.

My Mom was a teacher too who taught for 30 years of her life.

My father, on other hand, left regular school at the age of 14 years because he had to earn money to support his family of 9. However, he never stopped learning.

He completed his entire education as a distance learner. He had 2 Post Graduate Degrees and even after retirement his willingness to learn never ceases to amaze me.

He learned to drive his first car at 53 and he is learning music these days.

Starting from the meager jobs, he became a Grade 1 Officer in Indian Government Service. He retired just 3 years back after working for 46 years.

The only thing that my parents had when they came to the city from the remote hills of India was Education and skills.

My parents have taught me the value of Education and how it is a great Equalizer for anyone. 

Understandably, I had all the support I needed when I found myself searching on Google one day ” Career options for Engineers who want to get into a creative career”.

They also supported me when I decided to pursue a Post Grad in Design and decided Engineering is not for me.

And they also supported me when I decided to do Entrepreneurship and not a job!

Despite that, I found myself feeling doubtful, alone and stuck for many many years in my journey of being a design student and practitioner. 

There were no communities, no MOOCs and no role models to aspire for.

Design college was a safe space and once I was out from there, it took me a long time to finally find my place. I wonder how hard it will be for those who have no support and assistance. 

I have seen great online bootcamps, but I could never imagine someone who is just starting out in their career shelling out 1400 USD ( I Lakhs INR) for such experience. 

How can I help someone like the younger version of my Mom and Dad?

This course is dedicated to all the self-learners who are learning new skills on their own. You do not have to do it all alone this time. Give me this opportunity to take you through a life transforming journey!

It sounds cliche I know, but trust me this is what my students tell me, * It changed their lives for good*

I know once you are in a better place, you will do the same.

Till then I am paying it forward 😇  

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Warm Wishes,

Jagriti