The concept of paying it forward is central to Real Skills Education’s vision. We want to help others gain the same insight and development that we have gained through our own experiences and learning so that they can pass it onto the next generation of STEM leaders. Being a part of Real Skills Education is as much about helping yourself as it is about helping those around you.
We believe in an education that is driven by the reality of the world we live in because we feel that the tertiary education system is too disconnected from the workplace. Students are leaving university without the right tools and skills that are crucial to their success in the professional environment. That’s where we come in, we aim to bridge the gap between the classroom and the workplace with our range of professional development workshops and practical programs to ensure that the next generation of STEM leaders are ready and confident once they graduate. In essence, we use practical and simulation-based learning techniques to equip STEM students with the necessary skills to navigate the 21st century. From professional development to taking care of your own finances, our programs are designed to help students evolve their soft skills in a risk-free environment.
Director and Co-Founder
With a passion for education, our lead visionary Ajay, makes things work at RSE. Seeking to herald in a new era where graduates are more employable than ever, Ajay is constantly searching for ways to improve education. Having spent over three years in the tutoring game, he understands the concerns of students, and has perfected the formula for a good CV as a freelance resume writer. Ajay is responsible for designing RSE’s workshops and collaborates with university societies to deliver tailored programs to students according to their industry. Alongside RSE, Ajay is also heading a project called WireTutor, an online educational platform that aims to facilitate collaborative learning to supplement lecture-style teaching at university. Ajay is currently completing a degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, and is a Research Assistant at the University of New South Wales.
Although he has left for greener pastures, Walter knows firsthand the difficulty of making people care. He rose to the challenge of establishing a company like Real Skills Education and worked tirelessly to put the name out there. Alongside Ajay, Walter developed RSE’s first workshops and programs, discovering ways to tailor them to each student. Walter is an experienced educator, having tutored for three years, and has worked as an engineering intern with Penrith City Council and as a Green Army participant. He is currently completing a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales and works at Wipehero.
From gaming buddies, to working side-by-side for startups like UNSWOT, co-founders Ajay Prakash and Walter Kong took their shared interest in improving education and sought to make it a reality. A brainstorming session later, and the idea for a skills development company was born.
Prior to meeting each other, Ajay and Walter had both stumbled across a hurdle we’re all too familiar with – the dreaded task of landing a job. They both found that the current education system, with its heavy reliance on academia-based learning, fell short when it comes to equipping students with the skills needed to become self-sustaining adults.
With no idea how to write a cover letter, much less how to put together a resume, Walter and Ajay went to great lengths to secure internships, attending workshops and using trial-and-error till they found techniques that worked for them. Though they both found the experience difficult, it is ultimately what led to the inception of Real Skills Education.
Rejecting the lecture style of teaching that our competitors offer in favour of interactive sessions, featuring simulations and individualised feedback, we created the optimal learning environment. Using the standards outlined by the Career Development department as the framework for our program, we launched a series of trial workshops to help refine our product.
Students who took part in the beta testing found that, unlike other professional development courses, our individualised approach ensures each and every participant is catered to, and can confidently say they know how to land a job by the time the session is over. We in turn discovered that students also preferred to have take-home material, which led to the creation of our summary booklets.
At Real Skills Education, we aim to provide excellent service and individual attention at a fraction of the cost of other programs, whilst continuously updating our content to reflect modern changes in the job market.
We want to make sure that one day no student will graduate thinking “Why didn’t I learn this in school?”