All over the world, youth unemployment rates are hitting record highs.
Access to relevant, market-aligned training and employment is limited. Many hardworking young people know that they face a future marked by socio-economic challenges, constant change, and scarce opportunities. At the same time, they also know that the digital world provides a window in which geography plays a lesser role and excellence can come from any part of the world.
iMerit was built on the premise that training and opportunity can turn anybody into a capable digital professional, regardless of past disadvantages.
At iMerit, we open the door for bright, underprivileged youngsters to have meaningful careers in the digital economy. We partner with Anudip Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to identifying and training marginalized young people in data and tech skills. Through this partnership, we find committed, motivated staff who can be the future of our company.
Once on board, these bright young women and men are full-time employees. They get access to health insurance. They can advance their careers. They can even get stock options. Many of our employees choose to continue their education. They are able to support their families and to encourage siblings and friends to seek training, education, and employment. Their motivation serves as a beacon to attract others to iMerit. As technology professionals and valued members of the global digital economy, they’re an inspiration not only to their communities, but to all of us at iMerit as well.
Arfana was one of iMerit’s first recruits and is currently a team lead at our Metiabruz delivery center. She oversees image tagging and categorization projects for diverse industrial sectors ranging from aerial shots of agricultural land to street scenes for self-driving cars.
Arfana belonged to an orthodox community where women rarely ventured out to work. She faced opposition from her family initially while building her career. However, with her persistence and her eagerness to learn, she is one of the “flagship” employees at iMerit, consistently bringing high quality and commitment to projects as well as an unusual acuity with visual data.
As an individual, Arfana is now a primary decision-maker in her family. Her income helps her contribute financially to her family and support the education of her younger siblings. In the long run, Arfana eventually hopes to be a teacher and contribute to the inclusion and digital fluency of more young women from her community.
Prasenjit is an iMerit veteran. He started as a data entry operator in 2009 and progressively pushed himself by taking on projects such as field survey, electrical networking survey, document conversion and data mining.
His hard work, dedication to learning, and proactive nature set him up for taking leadership roles. In 2013, Prasenjit became Center Lead at iMerit’s new Ranchi delivery center and saw it through its first phase of growth to 70 employees. He currently manages iMerit’s Metiabruz center and focuses on team performance and quality across a wide range of projects.
Snehalata, one of our newest recruits, comes from Jajpur in Orissa. Snehalata completed her B.A. but was not very interested in Political Science. Despite little prior computer experience, she completed a course at Anudip and joined iMerit’s new Bhubaneshwar center.
She has made rapid strides in the world of data services, especially in fin-tech and machine learning,œ and is enjoying city life. Her goal is to support her family’s medical expenses and to help her younger brother complete his education.