In this interview, Aashay Mishra, Co-founder & COO Of PrepInsta talked about their innovative over-the-top (OTT) based learning approach and its thought process behind offering personalized courses for students.
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TechGraph: What kind of upskilling courses are available on PrepInsta, and how do these courses help individuals enhance their skills and stay competitive in their respective fields?
Aashay Mishra: PrepInsta has revolutionized the Ed-tech industry with its innovative over-the-top (OTT) subscription model, allowing students to broaden their skill set through access to a vast array of over 200 courses. These courses cover a wide range of subjects, including placement preparation, artificial intelligence/machine learning, cyber security, coding in C/C++, competitive coding, ethical hacking, python, DSA, and various other upskilling domains.
In addition to providing placement opportunities, PrepInsta takes a holistic approach to empowering students by facilitating internships across multiple domains.
Notably, the collaboration with CoCubes to offer the CoCubes Assessment to students has been a significant milestone. This assessment provides students with an exclusive opportunity to be shortlisted for various companies’ hiring drives.
PrepInsta’s commitment to excellence is evident in its impressive NPA rating, with users rating their experience at nearly 70%. Through its comprehensive course offerings, internship opportunities, and high user satisfaction, PrepInsta has firmly established itself as a leading platform in the Ed-tech space, equipping learners with the necessary skills to succeed in today’s competitive job market.
TechGraph: Can you tell us more about PrepInsta’s courses for placement preparation? How do these courses help students succeed in interviews and secure job offers?
Aashay Mishra PrepInsta offers specialized courses for placement preparation, which are designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in interviews and secure job offers. These courses provide comprehensive coverage of various aspects that are crucial for the placement process.
The placement preparation courses on PrepInsta focus on enhancing students’ aptitude and technical skills, improving their communication and interview skills, and providing them with valuable insights into the recruitment process followed by top companies.
By enrolling in these courses, students gain access to a wide range of study materials, practice questions, mock tests, and interview preparation resources. They can enhance their problem-solving abilities, practice coding exercises, and develop a deeper understanding of core technical concepts.
Additionally, PrepInsta’s placement preparation courses are designed to simulate real interview scenarios and provide students with hands-on experience. Students receive guidance on effective communication strategies, body language, and interview tips to confidently present themselves during job interviews. This helps them become familiar with the interview process, gain confidence, and perform well in actual job interviews.
Moreover, the courses often include personalized mentorship and doubt-solving sessions, allowing students to receive guidance and clarification on specific areas where they may be struggling.
TechGraph: How do you ensure that your courses are up-to-date and relevant in today’s fast-changing job market?
Aashay Mishra: At PrepInsta, we prioritize the currency and relevance of our courses in today’s fast-changing job market. In response to shifting market trends, we recently augmented our Prime module by introducing new courses, including FAANG placement preparation, service-based company placement, web development, data analytics, Power BI, and Salesforce.
We achieve this by conducting continuous research, collaborating with industry experts and professionals, regularly updating our curriculum, establishing partnerships with companies, and actively seeking feedback from students.
These strategies enable us to stay informed about emerging trends, incorporate the latest advancements, align our courses with industry needs, and provide students with the skills and knowledge that employers are seeking. Our commitment to keeping our courses up-to-date ensures that students are equipped to succeed in interviews and secure job offers in a rapidly evolving professional landscape.
TechGraph: What strategies do you employ to ensure that learners from diverse backgrounds and skill levels can benefit from your courses?
Aashay Mishra: At PrepInsta, we are dedicated to ensuring that learners from diverse backgrounds and skill levels can benefit from our courses. To achieve this, we employ several strategies.
Firstly, we design our courses to be accessible and understandable to learners with varying levels of prior knowledge and experience. We provide comprehensive course materials, step-by-step explanations, and practical examples to cater to learners at different skill levels.
Secondly, we offer a wide range of courses covering various subjects and skill areas, allowing learners to choose the courses that align with their interests and career goals. This diversity of courses ensures that learners with different backgrounds can find relevant and engaging content.
Thirdly, we strive to keep our course fees affordable, making quality education accessible to students from all economic backgrounds.
Additionally, we provide support through forums, discussion boards, and mentorship programs, enabling learners to seek clarification, engage with instructors, and learn from their peers. Lastly, we continuously collect feedback from our learners and use it to improve our courses, address any gaps, and enhance the learning experience for all.
TechGraph: In your opinion, what are the key skills and competencies individuals need to succeed in today’s job market? How do your courses help them develop these skills?
Aashay Mishra: In today’s job market, there are several key skills and competencies that individuals need to succeed. These include technical skills, such as proficiency in programming languages, data analysis, and digital marketing, as well as soft skills, such as communication, problem-solving, and adaptability.
At PrepInsta, we recognize the importance of these skills and strive to help individuals develop them through our courses. Our technical courses cover a wide range of in-demand skills, including coding languages like C/C++, and Python as well as AI/ML, data analytics, and cybersecurity.
These courses provide learners with hands-on experience, practical assignments, and real-world projects that help them build their technical expertise and stay relevant in today’s rapidly evolving job market.
In addition to technical skills, we also focus on developing essential soft skills through our courses. Communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership are integrated into our curriculum to ensure that learners are well-rounded professionals.
We provide interactive sessions, case studies, and simulations that enable learners to enhance their problem-solving abilities, decision-making skills, and collaboration.
Moreover, our courses emphasize industry-relevant knowledge and provide insights into current trends, best practices, and emerging technologies. We strive to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical application, enabling individuals to apply their skills effectively in real-world scenarios.
TechGraph: How do you ensure that your courses provide practical, hands-on learning experiences that prepare learners for real-world job scenarios?
Aashay Mishra: At PrepInsta, we prioritize practical, hands-on learning experiences to prepare learners for real-world job scenarios. Our courses incorporate project-based learning, industry-relevant case studies, simulations, and virtual labs to provide learners with opportunities to apply their knowledge and develop practical skills.
We have a team of experienced mentors and industry experts who offer guidance and personalized feedback. Through collaborations with industry partners, we provide internship opportunities, allowing learners to gain practical experience.
We continuously update our curriculum to reflect industry trends and advancements. By employing these strategies, we ensure that our courses equip learners with the practical skills and competencies needed to succeed in today’s job market.
TechGraph: What sets your courses apart from other online learning platforms in the market?
Aashay Mishra: Several factors set our courses apart from other online learning platforms in the market. Firstly, we offer a comprehensive range of courses covering various domains and skills, giving learners access to a diverse set of learning opportunities. Our unique over-the-top (OTT) subscription model provides students with the flexibility to explore multiple courses and upskill in different areas, unlike platforms that offer access to only one course.
Additionally, our courses are designed with a focus on practical, hands-on learning experiences, incorporating real-world projects, case studies, and industry-relevant simulations.
We also ensure that our courses stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and advancements, providing learners with relevant and in-demand skills. Moreover, our courses are supported by a team of experienced mentors and industry experts who provide guidance and personalized feedback to learners.
TechGraph: How do you measure the effectiveness of your courses, and what steps do you take to continuously improve and enhance the learning experience for your students?
Aashay Mishra: At PrepInsta, we employ several measures to gauge the effectiveness of our courses and ensure continuous improvement in the learning experience for our students.
Firstly, we gather feedback from students through surveys, assessments, and reviews, allowing us to assess their satisfaction, understanding of the content, and overall learning outcomes. This feedback serves as valuable input for identifying areas of improvement and making necessary adjustments to course content, structure, and delivery methods.
Additionally, we closely monitor student performance and success rates, tracking metrics such as completion rates, exam scores, and job placement outcomes. This data enables us to evaluate the effectiveness of our courses in helping students achieve their learning goals and secure job opportunities. Moreover, we actively seek input from industry professionals and experts to validate the relevance of our course content and ensure alignment with current industry standards.
TechGraph: What are your plans for PrepInsta’s course offerings, and how do you plan to stay ahead of the competition in the online learning space?
Aashay Mishra: PrepInsta’s plans for course offerings are aligned with our commitment to providing a diverse and comprehensive learning experience. Our current repertoire of courses stands at a commendable 200+, covering a wide range of subjects and technologies. However, we have even more ambitious targets for expansion.
By December 2023, we aim to offer over 300 courses, and by the end of March 2024, our goal is to have a catalog of 350+ courses. This growth trajectory reflects our dedication to continuously enhancing and diversifying our course offerings to cater to the evolving needs of learners and the dynamic job market.
In addition to expanding our course catalog, we are also focused on expanding our reach and partnerships. PrepInsta currently collaborates with over 300 institutes and colleges to provide valuable learning opportunities to their students.
However, we have plans to onboard an additional 200 colleges by the end of March 2024, enabling us to reach even more learners and provide them with access to high-quality education and upskilling opportunities.
By constantly expanding our course offerings, reaching out to more educational institutions, and staying ahead of the competition, we are committed to ensuring that PrepInsta remains at the forefront of the online learning space.