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Business News/ Brand Stories / OdinSchool: Bridging India's Tech Skills Gap with Rapid Growth and Impact

OdinSchool: Bridging India's Tech Skills Gap with Rapid Growth and Impact

OdinSchool not only provides a skilled talent pool but also offers training solutions for enterprise clients. These training solutions are designed and deployed after conducting a need analysis and identifying the upskilling needs of each enterprise.

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Management Team - OdinSchool

India, October 10, 2023: In a rapidly evolving job market where technology and innovation have become the cornerstones and industries are at the cusp of a fundamental technological tilt towards emerging technologies, the need for upskilling and reskilling has never been more critical.

The job sector is undergoing a major overhaul, with the demand for new and updated skills increasing rapidly. With more and more companies adopting new-age tools and technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing among others, the training and skilling paradigm of jobseekers has changed, which in turn has opened up significant scope for diversified avenues that can provide an uninterrupted pool of ready-to-hire talent.

According to a joint report by NASSCOM and Zinnov, India could face a shortage of 14 lakh to 19 lakh technology professionals by 2026. It also predicts a 51% shortage in talent supply in emerging technologies. With the advent of generative AI tools, the gap is widening. Taking significant strides towards addressing this looming skill gap in the Indian industry is OdinSchool, an upskilling platform that delivers rigorous industry-aligned bootcamps to skill up and empower working professionals to transition into lucrative, high-growth careers.

Rapid growth trajectory:

OdinSchool operates with a mission to upskill individuals for better careers. Founded at a time when India faced a staggering shortage of technology professionals, the platform has been focusing on providing courses that are built on industry-aligned technology curriculum, hands-on project-based learning, and active placement support.

Since its inception in May 2021, OdinSchool has achieved more than 100% year-on-year growth. The demand for OdinSchool’s data science and web development bootcamps has more than doubled in the last two years. After the success of these bootcamps, OdinSchool recently launched the third bootcamp on Performance Marketing, which is a very important skillset for professionals looking to build a career in the Digital Marketing space. This is also another area where there is a wide skill gap in India. By launching bootcamps in these high-demand areas, OdinSchool is effectively meeting the needs of learners and the industry alike.

At present, OdinSchool has more than thousands of learners from across the country and with diverse backgrounds. Freshers, working professionals, people from technology and non-technology backgrounds seeking better career opportunities, and women intending to resume their careers after a break are pursuing data science and web development programmes.

"India, as the talent hub of the global technology industry, is facing significant challenges in terms of skill gap. We believe that this gap can be addressed with well-structured skilling programs that are in line with what the industry demands, combined with enough learning support and practical exposure to help learners achieve better career outcomes. We have received an overwhelming response from working professionals who have improved their career prospects through our bootcamps. We intend to continuously identify areas where there are good growth prospects and design bootcamps to address those areas," says OdinSchool CEO Vijay Pasupuleti. 

Why OdinSchool:

A member of key industry associations including NASSCOM, SHRM, and HYSEA, OdinSchool has been designing courses as per the evolving needs of the job industry. The approach is hands-on, with the learners working on numerous projects before undergoing the hiring process. Many learners, including the women hailing from tier-II and tier-III cities intending to resume their professional journey after a break, have bagged lucrative jobs after completing the bootcamps.

And their testimonies say it all. “Relaunching one’s career after a break is not easy. Your skills get outdated, and you get estranged from your field of work. For these reasons, I was searching for a short-term data science course that prioritized in-demand skills. I found OdinSchool on YouTube. Their bootcamps were priced very reasonably and outcome-based. They not only taught in-demand skills but also offered help for placement. The best part was the weekend classes. My husband would take care of our children while I focused on classes and projects. OdinSchool has changed my life," says school graduate Nagalakshmi Pothuguntla, who resumed her career as an Associate Manager, Data Analytics, at PepsiCo after an 11-year break.

Career transition: 

Learning a new on-demand technology for career transition or re-entry into the job market after a break is a tough task. OdinSchool makes it easier with its easy-to-comprehend course curriculum and online support. Vetted by industry experts, the upskilling curriculum is dynamic and evolving. Moreover, the instructors are practitioners of these technologies, providing a real-time application-based approach to the learning process. Multiple projects are included in training to give learners hands-on experience. The live online component makes the learning process engrossing.

“We understand that learning new technology skills while having a full-time job is not easy, especially for professionals who are looking to transition into new career domains. To address this challenge, we have built in several support features, such as weekend classes, 24x7 access to labs and learning content, doubt clarification sessions, interaction with industry experts, a career accelerator program, and more, in addition to the live interaction that learners have with our instructors. This way, learners not only learn the concepts and their applications but also stay motivated and develop the confidence needed to achieve their desired outcomes. We are constantly guided by our industry partners, and this helps us stay relevant to the current demands," says Srinivas Vedantam, Director at OdinSchool.

Many learners have successfully transitioned into a new career after completing the bootcamp. Akhil Thogari, an engineering graduate who worked in the BPO sector of a major MNC in Hyderabad, was not very happy with the way his career was progressing and wanted something that aligned with his goals. He heard about OdinSchool’s bootcamp from a colleague and enrolled. He says, “Joining OdinSchool’s bootcamp is definitely one of the best decisions I have taken. It set me on a growth path, and I am very happy with my current role as a senior data analytics associate at Sutherland". 

Active placement support:

OdinSchool makes every possible effort to make its learners industry-ready. Through its Career Acceleration Programme, it inculcates essential skills such as making effective presentations, developing a problem-solving mindset, emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and confidence-building. The company offers expert guidance on various aspects of the job search process, from crafting a resume to mastering interview techniques. 

“The industry always seeks skilled talent with a strong problem-solving mindset. Our efforts are focused on grooming talent so that the learners become assets of the companies. We handhold the learners throughout the placement process by launching hackathons, mock interview drives, and other initiatives. Hundreds of our learners have reaped successful career outcomes," says Arvind Thoopurani, Head of Placements and Corporate Relations at OdinSchool.

Trusted talent pool:

OdinSchool, with its customized and rigorous training process, has emerged as a trusted talent hub for enterprises across the spectrum. With more than 500 hiring partners, the upskilling platform is committed to providing productive professionals.

"OdinSchool has done a great job preparing candidates with hands-on experience in the most up-to-date curriculum, and it has been a great experience working with them so far," says Sharthak Acharjee, Senior Manager, HR, at Celebal Technologies.

OdinSchool not only provides a skilled talent pool but also offers excellent training solutions for enterprise clients. These training solutions are designed and deployed after conducting a need analysis and identifying the upskilling needs of each enterprise.

“Companies have unique upskilling requirements. To suit these requirements, we customize training programs based on need analysis. The focus is to equip teams with skills that will help them enhance their productivity and efficiency at work. We work with teams at different levels, from freshers and new recruits to leaders in companies," says Shruti Jayakumar, Head of Enterprise Business at OdinSchool.

Road ahead:

Having carved a niche for itself in the upskilling domain, OdinSchool is all set for expansion and more impact. It intends to address high-demand areas aligned with the ever-evolving needs of the job market, ensuring that OdinSchool stays a relevant and influential player. “Our goal is to address multiple emerging areas of work in the industry and contribute significantly towards bridging the skill gap," says CEO Vijay Pasupuleti.

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Published: 10 Oct 2023, 05:33 PM IST
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