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Collegepond: Enabling Millennials Chart Meteoric Career Trajectories

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Suraj Bajaj, Co Founder

Suraj Bajaj

Co Founder

Youth in India are extremely restless today. With dreams that go beyond their reality, more and more young Indians now aspire to enrol in international universities and colleges. Given the advent of globalisation and digitization, studying abroad has become commonplace; yet, the process of enrolling into a top international university can be daunting and complex. Collegepond, an online/offline counselling career guidance, test preparation and admissions counselling outfit is on a mission to help millennials develop excellent career trajectories. Helping students navigate through the entire process of zeroing in, applying, and settling into colleges abroad, the company's admission and test preparation teams leave no stones unturned to turn a student's dream into reality.

"Our content team works in tandem with students to bring out their best as they apply to universities abroad," says Suraj Bajaj, Founder, Collegepond. With over 60-70 percent of its students receiving admissions into their dream college annually, the firm's students have reached prestigious institutions such as MIT, Stanford, ETH Zurich, TU Delft, Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University among others. Collegepond has also facilitated over 90 percent of its students to experience a meteoric rise in remunerations, from Rs.3-6 lakh to Rs.45-98 lakh. Driving this success is Collegepond's team of young, dynamic and vibrant individuals who work tirelessly to achieve the company's vision.

Pertinent Admission/Career Counselling Proficient in working with students from varied fields such as computer science, mechanical engineering to pharmacy, finance
and psychology, Collegepond assists applicants graduating from high school aspiring to jumpstart their career, students completing their undergraduate degree seeking to fasttrack their career trajectory, and students working for a few years looking to break the 'glass ceiling'.

The firm's superlative online/offline instructor driven preparation services ensure that students ace standardized examinations. "We employ analytics to identify student's strengths & weaknesses and collectively work with them to achieve their desired target score," explains Suraj. Additionally, for students planning to study independently, the company offers topic based lectures that help students focuson topics that they perceive as their Achilles heels.

Jimeet Sanghavi, Co Founder

Studying abroad is an expensive affair and most students rely on domestic & international lenders in order to procure educational loans to fund their education. Recognizing this trend, Collegepond has negotiated the best interest rates and loan processing fees with leading lenders as well as foreign exchange players to ensure that students are able to fund their education at the most competitive rates. Another one of the firm’s ingenuous initiatives is ‘Student Speak’, a value adding service that focuses on providing ground realities to prospecive candidates regarding career opportunities, financial assistance, academic curriculum and lifestyles that would help them land on their feet on foreign shores. A true ally of students, Collegepond’s assistance extends all the way through to help them source lucrative jobs through support in resume building and interview coaching.

Tech Led Uninterrupted Assistance
Counting technology as the cornerstone of its services, Collegepond has developed a cloud based proprietary online platform ‘Converge’, that enables uninterrupted communication with students at all times. Providing a wealth of resources such as student feedback videos, articles, essay writing tips, sample essays and a direct connect with the counsellor, Converge enables the firm to respond to student queries with a 24 to 48-hour turnaround time.

Based on extensive research conducted over two years, Collegepond is in the process of developing an Android and iOS-driven social engagement platform for millennials who are focused on their career path, which should go live by Q3 of this year. Building on these developments, Collegepond has registered steady YoY growth in revenue and a doubling of its team strength.