Great Companies: How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
Ajit Kumar: I found during my engineering studies that there is a steadily declining need for engineers. Most recently graduated engineers are unemployed. A couple of them applied for the position of peon. I did some study and analysis on the widening gap between academic standards and industry standards. I came up with the idea of building a platform that would serve as a bridge so we could train them both conceptually as well as practically and as a result, Auto Tech Expert Group Training (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. was founded.
Great Companies: What are the various services provided by Auto Tech Expert Group Training (OPC) Pvt. Ltd.
Ajit Kumar: For B.Tech., M.Tech., and polytechnic students in ME, EE, ECE, EEE, CE, CS, and IT, we offer technical seminars, webinars, workshops, and internships.
Great Companies: What makes Auto Tech Expert Group Training (OPC) Pvt. Ltd. different from hundreds of other similar service providers?
Ajit Kumar: We offer various support necessary for them to succeed in their careers, including career counselling, project ideas, business ideas, sponsorship, and much more.
Also we are collaborating with the industry simultaneously to set up the candidates' placement interviews after the training session. Since it's only a bonus for them, we can't guarantee that they'll get the job.
Great Companies: What were the struggles and challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Ajit Kumar: Two things are critical for any startup.
2. A dedicated team
A startup's journey is difficult without it. After graduating, I didn't have a fund or a committed team, but I did have a distinct idea since my mind was clear that
"Don't be a job seeker, be a job creator."
And I have a strong conviction that if you are sincere about achieving your goals, you will find a way to do it; otherwise, you will find excuses..
I had to begin my venture into entrepreneurship since I was serious. However, I started out with nothing. Thus, I had already established my source of income through tuition when I was in my second year of engineering. I kept doing this after graduation so that I may make money and invest in my business.
I used to be turned down the first few times. I went to the college for a seminar. Numerous of them express "NO" emphatically. I encountered disappointment daily. One day, a college's head of department remarked to me, "You just graduated; and you don't have an IIT degree, then why are you wasting my time?"
I felt that bed because I knew that talent always beats degree. I was looking for an opportunity to demonstrate that talent is more important than a degree.
Later, I recruited an employee, but we didn't see any progress for a year, even though I was still paying the employee's salary.
I didn't know about marketing, leadership, business communication skills, and all, therefore she was unable to function successfully. I just started learning all the things. I inspired my team members and myself each day in the hopes that we would succeed.
After a year, we were given the chance to conduct the seminar by a college. We were extremely grateful to God and joyful. But I neglected to consider the fact that God constantly assesses your worthiness.
A guy who had promised to go to college with me just turned me down the day before the trip.
That was a turning point, and I had two options left;
1. I should either postpone the event and miss the opportunity OR
2. I should go and prove to myself that no one can stop me.
I went with choice number two. I travelled there and led the seminar. One of my favourite life events was that. Receiving praise from the administration and encouraging comments from the students enabled me to feel more confident. A large number of professors with PhDs from the best IIT colleges now attend the seminar in addition to B.Tech./M.Tech. students.
My trust in God and confidence in myself were very helpful.
Great Companies: How do you plan to grow in the future? What does 5 years down the line Auto Tech Expert Group Training (OPC) Pvt. Ltd.?
Ajit Kumar: We have taken methodical action to grow our business, and we are entirely dedicated to reaching our objective. We are putting a lot of effort into a project that could completely alter India's educational system.
Great Companies: If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Ajit Kumar: You must launch your startup if you have an original idea that you believe can address a pressing issue facing people. Whatever the case, you either have a team or money. Your willingness to take a risk and follow your passion will determine everything.
Take a chance, but remember that doing so won't mean losing your supplementary income. It will assist you in recovering. Learn to embrace failure since at first, all you'll encounter is opposition. You could be approaching the point where you will find yourself alone. Everyone will work to refute your claims. After receiving numerous rejections, there will come a time when everyone will tell you to just give up now. If, however, my dear friend, you continue to fight for your dream at that time, I can guarantee that it will mark a pivotal moment in your life.
Keep in mind that you must pursue your dreams if that's yours. You can expect people to come and go at any time. Never allow them to crush your aspirations.
I typically tell folks who try to sabotage my dream;
1. No one can stop me from building the company of my dreams. No one can stop this. It will only close permanently when i'll take my last breath.
2. I'll pursue my dream whether you help me or not. In either case, it will take place.
I'm convinced that if you're sincere, you'll succeed. To rule your world, have faith and put forth the effort.