Rajalekshmi Balu, Project Coordinator, writes:
A few weeks ago, at the Snehasparsham get-together for children organized by Pallium India, we had requested members of Project Management Institute (PMI) Kerala Chapter, to help our alumni students (children who had received Pallium India’s education support until they completed school) find jobs they would enjoy doing; specifically to make these young men and women more competitive and employable, and to help them discover more opportunities in their relevant fields.
PMI is the world’s leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. They have presence in 208 countries and territories around the world, with local chapters that are into various educational support programs apart from their project management networking.
Accordingly, on 26th October 2019, PMI Kerala conducted a 1-day workshop comprising resume writing, job hunting and tips on how to approach a job interview. The workshop was held at B-Hub, Nalanchira, the official location of PMI Kerala Chapter.
5 of our alumni attended the program; also present were PMI members and Pallium India staff. The session started with a brief introduction of each participant followed by an activity. PMI officials advised the children on how to plan their career effectively and efficiently. This was followed by different sessions on how to write a resume, how to approach an interview, idea on various job search websites and so on. Various sample resumes were shown and discussed, which gave an idea to our students on how to create a new one from scratch. PMI have promised to check all the resumes created by our students and guide them forward to various job interviews.
From the feedback received, we could gather that the students found the session informative, and they were able to understand how to make themselves more capable for employment. We hope to have more such sessions from PMI and for further collaboration with them.
But is anybody asking oneself, “How can career guidance for children who have no illness be considered palliative care?”
Well, we would respond, palliative care is for the patient and family, right? And palliative care is aimed at quality of life on physical, mental, social and spiritual domains, right? Well in that case, what the project management institute is doing for our children of families with serious health-related suffering is indeed palliative care.
Quite likely, this is not necessary in the Global North. But we are sure, without this palliative care would be incomplete in the Global South.