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One of the most pressing questions of our times is: Will there be jobs for everyone in the near future? How will we, a growing, increasingly educated population, manage to secure a good livelihood and simultaneously build our dream careers? 

In recent times, we have seen the beginnings of collapse for big sectors in the Indian economy. In the IT and media industries, thousands of people are being laid off their jobs, with no warning, no replacement job and therefore no security in sight.

This problem can perhaps be explained by the state of the Indian economy, but it is also fundamentally connected with the ways in which we imagine the relationship between education and work. 

There are several shifts that are taking place at the same time, all of them connected to each other in tenuous and solid ways: ‘Traditional’ (meaning pre-industrial and artisanal) occupations such as agriculture, handlooms, crafts, pottery, weaving, jewellery making, building, etc, are rapidly being made redundant through mass production and import of cheap foreign goods.

At the same time, these occupations have historically been embedded in unequal caste and class systems, which we now seek liberation from through more ‘modern’ and equalising occupations.

Our Activities on Life Skills & Livelihood Preparation


We offer Livelihood and Career Planning Support through our Career Guidance workshops. The career workshop is organised to help young people explore their work aspirations, ambitions, dilemmas and desires. Career aspirations of boys and girls, rich and poor, higher and upper caste, rural and urban young people differ greatly.

We believe that along with information on different careers, young people, most importantly, need to be provided a space where they can think beyond socially-desirable and socially-limited choices and careers. Information about the changing world of work, and reflections on their own motivations and needs helps each person arrive at their own unique career path.

In addition to this, we also offer workshops for college students on preparing for exams, along with Spoken English and Computer Literacy classes at all YRCs and Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning Courses. 

Livelihood Education through Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning

We don’t just provide vocational and technical skills, we help young people build dignity and confidence in themselves by providing life skills, knowledge, socio-political perspectives, and rights awareness as well.

Learn More about our Livelihood Education programme and Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning

Mentoring & Training

We offer individual mentoring of students at Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning and the YRCs in times or transition or crisis. We also undertake the training of Professional Career Guides in our Diksoochi course offered under Baduku.


  • Traditional Occupations in a Modern World: Career Guidance, Livelihood Planning, and Crafts in the Context of Globalization by Anita Ratnam
    In: Arulmani G., Bakshi A., Leong F., Watts A. (eds)
    Handbook of Career Development (2014). International and Cultural Psychology. Springer, New York, NY  https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4614-9460-7_22
  • Where the Personal and Pedagogical Meet by Anita Ratnam and Nitya Vasudevan, A Chapter  in Learning beyond the School: International Perspectives on the Schooled Society, Sefton-Green, J & Erstad, O. (Eds.) 2018 London: Routledge Live
  • Career Guidance and Social Inclusion in the Context of Caste in a Globalising India by Anita Ratnam, A Chapter in Career Guidance and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Neo-liberal World (Eds.) Tristram Hooley, Ronald G. Sultana and Rie Thomsen, ( 2019)   London: Routledge 
  • Booklet on Youth Mentoring: Anita Ratnam and Benson Issac (2009)