My name is Sunitha Dhamodaran, currently working as a Solution Manager in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) , Technology Services India. Prior to joining RBS in Mar-2010, I worked with Polaris software Lab Ltd for 5.5 years.
My journey with MENTORS started in the year 1999, when I was studying 11th standard in Rani Meyyammai Girls' Higher Secondary school. It's the same year, my family situation turned out to be so miserable when my father passed away due to Cancer. Without knocking the doors for help, I was offered financial assistance of Rs. 1200 by MENTORS to pursue my 12th standard with the recommendation from the then Headmistress Mrs. Sundari. I stood school first and was aspiring to pursue my engineering and Mr. Raghupathy, Mentors, Managing Trustee and facilitator for Foundation For Excellence recommended my profile for scholarship and I was awarded full scholarship for 4 years to complete my engineering course in Electronics & Communication. It’s not just the financial aid that I received from Mentors , but also received guidance to clear interview through several workshops and moral values for life through its code of ethics – Honesty, Excellence and Compassion.
I must say that Mentors code of ethics have fetched me several awards in my professional career – Two “Spot Excellence” awards, “Going Extra Mile (GEM)” award and “Konark” award in Polaris and also the “Big Thank You” award in Royal Bank of Scotland. Konark is the most prestigious award in Polaris for exemplary performance during my tenure in Polaris and a Konark is regarded as the change agent / ambassador for Polaris.
Mentors has not just helped me grow in my professional life, but also helped me to fulfill my personal responsibilities for my family. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mentors for being very supportive throughout my life and also honoring me to share my experience with everyone on the launch of Mentors website. I’d also like to request all young scholars to practice Mentors code of ethics and as you grow up the ladder and trying to balance personal and professional life, please remember there is a 3rddimension to all our lives which is giving back to the society.
I was born in Chennai. My family is small with my father, mother and my sister. I got married two years before and blessed with a baby girl in January 2015. During my school days, my father worked in a private concern for a meager salary and we had a very normal life. Since my parents believed the great asset for the children is education, they placed me in one of the best school in our locality.
I completed my schooling in Sri Sankara Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Pammal and did my engineering in EVP Engineering College from Madras University. I had never known of bad financial situation of my family until my SSLC. But during my Higher secondary education, my father company was permanently shut down and we faced hell a lot of bad financial concern. He was not able to pay my school fees also. He searched for a job everywhere in Chennai and finally got a clerical job in a Jewel shop in Pammal for a very meager salary of Rs. 2000/- per month. He somehow managed the family as well as our educational needs.
Time came for the real bad situation after my schooling. I have scored good marks in HSC. Since I had an ambition of becoming Engineering professional, I wrote an entrance exam with the help of one of my school teacher, who knows my family situation and trained me without any fee. But anyway studying Engineering was like ungettable fruit for me because of my financial situation. With my marks I got a seat in Central Polytechnic to study Computer Science. So I thought of sacrificing my ambition and joined the polytechnic, but every day I went to polytechnic without any interest. My parents were not able to digest on seeing my sadness. So they asked each and everyone they know in our locality for financial help to join me in Engineering. But I was not aware of this (Even my father bend down on his knees to someone for this which I came to know through my Mother after some years).
One day they told me to go for the Engineering counseling and I got the seat also for studying Mechanical Engineering. My school principal encouraged me very well and also helped financially from her own earnings. Through her, I was introduced to Mr. Viswanathan, head of Pammal Sankara Eye Hospital, who lit up my life to brightness by introducing to Mentors. After that through Mentors, I got the scholarship for my entire engineering studies from FFE and managed to complete my Engineering with higher aggregate (80.5%).
To achieve this great degree, My parents sacrificed a lot in their life. My father was not able to meet our miscellaneous educational needs like stationary, daily transport charges, etc...apart from family needs. On seeing this, I decided to do some work beside my studies to take care of these needs. So I started to take tuition for two school students in evening after my college hours from first year itself. And also I used to put daily newspaper in our area in early morning before going to college. By this way, I earned about Rs.700/- monthly and met my basic needs and successfully completed my Engineering in the year 2004.
At the end of fourth year, I got a job in a small scale industry in Ambattur for a stipend of Rs. 1500/-. Even though it’s a very meager salary, I didn’t think of it. This attitude is because of Mentors who shaped me very well to follow their code of ethics “Honesty, Excellence, Compassion” and I started doing my service to the company. From that moment onwards, my life escalated financially and met my family needs without any ease. I worked hard for two and half years and it has paid me many awards and appreciation. Then I got a job as an Engineer in Ashok Leyland, one of the leading Auto Industry in the country and I continued my excellence there also and promoted as a Senior Engineer in two years. After working for nearly about five years, I moved to one of the greatest MNC in the world, Caterpillar as a design engineer in 2011. I even went to Unites States of America (USA) as a part of my work for six months. I am still working in CAT and now promoted as a Lead Engineer recently. I enjoyed my life in every company with the continuous motivation from Mentors elders Mr. Raghupathy and Mr. Venkateswaran.
Now I think I have everything in my life. I am taking care of my parents well, who melted like a candle to brighten up my life. I have my own house, vehicle and more than the basic needs to lead a normal life. Of all these, I am now in a better position to help others, which I made a promise to FFE and Mentors at the time of studies.
It is right to say that Mentors & FFE made my life colorful. I strongly say that whoever follows Mentors code of ethics, “Honesty, Excellence, Compassion”, they will have a very successful life.
Show your excellence in all parts of life, be honest in every situation and live more satisfactory life by showing compassion on others. That’s what Mentors teaching everyone. Jaihind!
I am currently working as Systems engineer at Intel, Bangalore. When I was in school, I used to feel that getting admission to a good engineering college was very difficult. I felt that even if I secure admission to an engineering college, my family would not be able to afford the high educational expenses.
I would like to thank Mentors in encouraging me and helping me to secure FFE’s scholarship. Because of FFE’s scholarship and right guidance from Mr. Raghupathy and Mr. Venkateswaran (Mentors trustees), I got motivated and worked hard. This helped me to get admission to B.E. in Madras Institute of Technology (MIT, Anna University). After graduating from MIT, I did M.Tech in Electronics (RF Design) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
My hobbies include learning new tools/technologies, following technology news and building (trying to buildJ ) DIY (Do-It-Yourself) systems/ circuits. My advice to aspiring students would be to set high goals/ambitions. I would like them to follow Mentors code of ethics. Many times, I have felt happy for taking right decisions by following Mentors code.
I am Clara Celestina, an "Associate Software Engineer" at "Tech Mahindra Ltd Chennai". I have completed Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) at Stella Maris College Chennai. My hobbies are singing, dancing and playing Chess and I love to be exuberant in whatever I do.
I have faced (The) challenges (that) when I tried to get into an IT Company. The first result of my interview was a failure in the campus recruitment, the second company's interview which I tried was also a failure and the third was again a failure and the next recruitment that came to my college was Tech Mahindra and I strongly decided that I should get placed at-least in this interview. I googled lots of probabilities and practised on it and I even practised to speak confidently in-front of my mirror to face the Group Discussion and HR round and Yes! it worked very well.
Our MENTORS code of ethics of honesty, excellence and compassion, mean a lot to me in both professional and personal life. As a part of my compassion I have conducted Spoken English classes when I was still in the College during the year.......( for students) at MENTORS Kovalam village to the evening class students and also with this in my mind " A candle is not going to loose anything by lightening another candle".
Last but not least my advice to the aspiring students are," Please do have self-confidence and work hard to achieve your (respective) goals in life . Even if you fail (for) several times, remember that "Everything is possible when you (because we) believe (and let's stand ) that together you can( to) smell the fragrance of success"
I am Sathish working in Accenture as a Team Leader with about 10 years of experience in Software Testing. In 2005, I did B.Sc. Mathematics from Vivekananda College, Chennai . During my school and college days my family faced many financial problems which made me realize my responsibilities as a student to focus more on my studies and also to earn to support my family. I picked up some part time jobs as shop attender during evening times and managed time for my studies also. Without I FFE scholarship I would not have had a way to cover my fees.
MENTORS Code of Ethics - Honesty, Excellence and Compassion helps everyone in any part of life. After entering into the job career, I have realized that I should stay ahead by continuous learning and showing Excellence in my contributions . In my opinion, Compassion is the very powerful one, because it is related to Humanity. We should grow by helping others.
Showing Excellence and being honest have become a part of me. Without being honest is like wearing a costliest shoe and a small sand pebble inside it. One can't walk comfortably despite the costliest and most comfortable shoe.
Create a dream and fix it in your subconscious mind. I still remember how I felt excited by seeing Cognizant (CTS) office in Cathedral road Teynampet when I go to my college 1st and 2nd year. Later during my 3rd year, when CTS came to our college for campus recruitment, I cleared campus interview and got recruited by CTS during my final year. This was how I started my corporate career. My present dream is to become an Entrepreneur. So I have started my own Direct Selling business along with few top business people around and helping others.
I am Sundar Raman, Chartered Accountant (CA) currently working as a partner in one of the leading CA firms. I lost my father when I was 16 years of age. Situations around me forced to take Commerce stream, instead of science stream. My total strength then was my mom who working as a cook stood with me all through my difficulties.
Major challenge faced were lack of finance and proper guidance , That time, in the year 2000, someone referred me to MENTORS.
Based on my academic excellence and family income MENTORS provided scholarships for my B.Com study in Vivekananda College , Chennai . They made me practice MENTORS code of ethics which provided the guidance for my daily decision making. With my passion and love for my profession , I have many achievements to me credit .
My advice for aspiring students to be always an ANSWER to most of the problems by reversing the situation that caused it with a positive attitude to face the situation , using wisdom based on experience and with adherence to value system, namely honesty, excellence and compassion. Make your parents feel proud and make your best efforts in making their desire come true. If you can dream it, you can do it.