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Pooja Patel meets four ambitious teenagers who took up vacation jobs during their seven weeks off!

When it comes to utilising spare time or doing something unusual, youngsters know how to put their creativity to good use. 16-year-old Krutika Mewada spent her time making money with paper and pen! Krutika says, "I learnt calligraphy some months ago and thoroughly enjoyed learning it. Since it was vacation time and I had a lot of spare time on my hands, I started to teach my friends calligraphy, but just for the fun of it. Teaching my friends made me confident and I realised I could teach calligraphy professionally too. Now I have five students for the basic calligraphy course and the fact that they trust me makes me feel great. Plus the little added pocket
money is always useful." 

Turning hobbies and skills into lucrative jobs is an option a lot of children are cashing in on. The hobbies that were once pursued for leisure are now being taught to others professionally. 19-year-old Deepa Vajani, a self-trained artist, has done no different. She says, "Drawing and painting have always been my hobbies and I pursued them in my free time. But this vacation I decided to teach drawing, colouring and painting to younger children. Working during the summer vacations worked in my favour as I reaped the benefits of teaching. While my other friends spent their days watching TV, I handled a batch of 20 students, fetched extra pocket money and also got to sharpen my own skills."

Others, like 17-year-old Nicole Anthony, put on their dancing shoes. Nicole says, "I am a probationer at Ashley Lobo's Danceworkx and I thoroughly enjoy teaching ballet and jazz. I teach ballet to a group of 15 young children between the age group of five and 10 years. I also assist the instructors in ballet shows, which has given me a lot of professional experience. I have learnt that to sustain oneself in any field one needs qualities like dedication, determination, hard work and passion. Dance demands physical and mental wellbeing
and it has helped me grow, discover myself and be in sync with my inner self. The best part of this entire experience is that it has given me a lot of clarity about my career. Thanks to this experience, I may choose to be a dancer in the future." 

18-year-old Priyesh Koya chose to spend the summer working in his family business. He says, "My dad owns a photo studio and I thought of joining him, but only to kill time during the summer vacation. But I gradually started enjoying the work as it proved to be an arena to express my creativity. I learnt several designing software like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw and InDesign. But the best part is that I was taught the technical aspects of photography and this has now become my passion. I accompany my dad on events and can now conduct the entire photoshoot on my own! My friends now approach me to shoot pictures for them. I have even refined my graphic skills and can use pictures to make collages and even customised products!"

Today, children want to be independent, try new options, explore new ventures and enjoy financial freedom. Krutika, Deepa, Nicole and Priyesh are examples of how children are capable of studying through the year to chase the highest of ranks while also taking up a summer job. This hardworking streak in the Indian youth was even noticed by US President Barack Obama when he visited India. In one of his speeches he mentioned
that Indian children are hard working and make for tough competitors. He went on to say that the rest
of the world needs to be prepared to compete with them! 

There are several examples of young achievers - Bill Gates was barely 20 when he launched his first computer software company, Mark Zuckerberg was 19 when he launched Facebook and back home, Sindhuja Rajamaran is the CEO of an animation company at just 14. The growing trend only proves that success can be achieved at any age. All you need is talent and ambition.

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