Ac­ing the Talk

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Chetna Va­sishth, a break from her ca­reer as a cor­po­rate banker, fol­low­ing the birth of her baby boy, turned out to be the turn­ing point of her life. She first set up and ran a train­ing com­pany for bankers in In­dia and abroad, and then pro­gressed on to start an on­line ca­reer-ori­ented talk show called ChetChat in 2015.

“I thought of start­ing this ven­ture be­cause there is a big la­cuna in the sec­tor and youth of the coun­try needs right guid­ance and mo­ti­va­tion through a cred­i­ble plat­form,” she says.

Her YouTube chan­nel, the largest on­line ca­reer chat show in the coun­try, with over 26,000 reg­u­lar sub­scribers and more than 1.3 mil­lion views so far, sees her con­verse with pro­fes­sion­als on ca­reer paths, en­tre­pre­neur suc­cess sto­ries, and col­lege stu­dents for the ben­e­fit of view­ing stu­dents.

These dis­cus­sions, fun and even quirky at times, are cen­tred mainly on en­trance ex­ams, ca­reer pro­gres­sion, ad­mis­sion de­tails and schol­ar­ship in­for­ma­tion.

“Hav­ing been in the field of ed­u­ca­tion for over a decade I re­alised that stu­dents across In­dia do not have au­then­tic in­for­ma­tion on these sub­jects. Most stu­dents and par­ents sadly make mis­in­formed choices and ca­reer coun­sel­lors are ei­ther very few or very ex­pen­sive. So I thought of us­ing my net­work to pro­vide free videos for stu­dents across the world to help them with their ca­reer de­ci­sions,” she says.

She has in­ter­viewed some very in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple and very suc­cess­ful en­trepreneurs and CEOs.

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