Meet Mukesh Agarwal: Trainee and Team Member


ETASHA as an organization is all about giving back to the community and assisting the less fortunate, and perhaps no current team member better epitomizes this motto than 24-year-old Mukesh Agarwal. On the surface, he seems to be like many other Indians of his age: he enjoys playing cricket, watching cricket matches, and films such as 3 Idiots. His family of six lives in Madanpur Khadar, near an ETASHA learning center. However, Mukesh is unique in that he has come full circle in ETASHA: in the last three years, he has gone from trainee to team member, a living embodiment of ETASHA’s ability to help disadvantaged youth find employment. I recently had the opportunity to interview him, and gained a better perspective regarding both his life and the benefits ETASHA had provided him with.

Not including himself, Mukesh explained that only two of his family members are currently employed. His eldest brother works as a refrigerator repair mechanic, while another sibling works as a Field Executive for a service provider of City Bank. From an early age, Mukesh had realized the importance of understanding and being able to speak English, but had never had access to an opportunity to learn English. This changed when he heard about ETASHA from one of his neighbors; he enrolled immediately in CODE (Computer Operator and Data Entry). He recalls with a smile, “I loved the Internet class. The first time I saw the Internet I thought ‘wow!’ because it was so big.” Mukesh also explains that the teachers are also an integral part of what makes ETASHA so special, saying, “The teachers were very kind and always willing to help.” Indeed, I (and anyone else that has seen an ETASHA-taught class) can attest to the patience and kindness that instructors use when dealing with youth.

Even now that he is on the other side as a member of the team, Mukesh still feels that ETASHA is continuing to help him in many ways, both tangible and intangible. “My English speaking has improved a lot,” he noted. In fact, while I asked him questions in a mix of Hindi and English, he responded in fluent English every time! He believes that ETASHA has prepared him for employment and given him the social skills he needs to succeed, and recommends it to any and all underprivileged children that find themselves in a similar situation to what he was once in. The people that comprise the organization greatly enhance its effectiveness as well: Mukesh says his colleagues are very easy to work with and every bit as patient as they were when they were his teachers. “I like my job,” he says simply. Stay tuned to hear about how ETASHA is giving people just like Mukesh the tools to succeed in the future!

–By Abhishek Bhargava


6 thoughts on “Meet Mukesh Agarwal: Trainee and Team Member”

    1. Why Im failed to all poontisis even part time job, I dont have chance to get interview, because of resume?Betat Lee111 E Grand 111-111-1111Springfield, MO, 61111 OBJECTIVEInterested in an internship allowing creativity, leadership, troubleshooting, analytical, and organizational skills in a business office environmentEDUCATIONMaster Degree of Accounting Expected Graduation: August 2011Missouri State University — Springfield, MO, USA Bachelor of Science, General Business May 2009Liaoning Normal University – Dalian, Liaoning, China GPA: 3.7/4.0Missouri State University – Dalian CampusTrainee, Foreign Exchange Corporation Jun.2009—Jul. 2009 • Receiving training in foreign exchange • Learned techniques to analyzeEXPERIENCEInternship—Bank of China, Chaoyang, Liaoning, China Dec.2008—Mar.2009• Verified receipt of daily mails and interacted with supervisor regarding processing errorsSelf-employed—Dalian, Liaoning, China• Generated and managed 20 loyal clients Jun.2006—May 2009• Trained 12 employees• Promoted products to meet different needs• Created and developed ideas for services to offer to freshmen Associate—Ping An Insurance Group, Dalian, Liaoning, China May2008—Aug.2008• Called potential clients to promote company• Scheduled appointments for clients come from different locationsCAMPUS INVOLVEMENTTutor—Student Government, Liaoning Normal University, Liaoning, China Fall 2006• Tutored and encouraged underachieving students toward successPlanner—Student Government, Liaoning Normal University, Liaoning, China Summer Fall 2008• Organized events for freshmenHONORS• Student Life Achievement Award for students who make contribution to campus activities Fall 2006• Received the second honor award, based on GPA:3.5 and higher 2005—2006• Excellent Study Scholarship Missouri Outreach Graduate Opportunity Scholarship, based on GPA and GMAT Fall 2009LANGUAGE / COMPUTER• Chinese (Mandarin): First Language• Wenzhou Patois: Experienced• English: Coversational• Performed basic functions in Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop and Outlook• Proficiency in MS word, Excel and PowerPoint• Experienced in Research on the InternetOrganization• Student Government Oct.2005—Sep.2009• Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Sep. 2009—Present• Siemens Solar Energy Sep. 2009—Present• Financial Management Association Sep. 2009—PresentTell me your ideas regarding this resume, I am open to all opinions, help me improve it. And does it look like fake? If yes, where and why?Sorry about the format .It’s 1 page.

  1. Really well written Abhishek….aside from the spelling of course – quick lesson……..organisation…centre….neighbour….favourite….. 😉

  2. Hi Abhishek,

    Interesting!! would like to add…..lucky to have Mukesh as a colleague, he enjoys his work, is proactive and adds positive energy to the organisation!!

  3. Mini Bhargava

    I remember the first time I had met Mukesh at a visit we take our CODE trainees to CCD office, I was impressed by his proactiveness, & organized manner. Recommended him to Meenakshi, Mukesh you have proven yourself. Its great to have him in the team, his eagerness to learn & take more tasks in hand & making sure he completes them to his best abilities ….. very inspiring.
    You do us Proud!!! Mukesh

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