Grades Don’t Matter: Platform for Alternative Career by Varun Aggarwal

Grades Don’t Matter, an education platform to help the youth become aware of alternative careers from those successful in those streams such as entrepreneurship(by RITESH AGARWAL of OYO), Writing Books (Amish Tripathi) filmmaking (Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal), Radio Jockey(Darius Sanuwala) blogging, standup comedy etc. We shall look at the Grades Don’t Matter in detail in this article. How is Grades don’t matter different from other sites like Udemy, Coursera etc?

Check out the trailer of Grades don’t matter.

Who is Varun Agarwal?

In 2009, Varun Agarwal co-founded Alma Mater, an online store providing memorabilia to the alumni community of schools and colleges across India. He is also the author of the book ‘How I Braved Anu Aunty and co-founded a million dollar company’ which became a bestseller. In his INK talk, the Indian version of TED talk, about his fascinating story of starting India’s largest college merchandise company and becoming a bestselling author, while braving a certain ‘Anu Aunty’  became a hit on YouTube.

What is Grades don’t Matter?

If you want to become successful in streams like Radio Jockey there is no formal education path. And even in those streams where there is a formal education like Film Making, actual is so different from the theory. You want to know how successful people did it and what do they say how you can become successful in it.

Varun and his team narrowed them down to 30 important alternate careers and got successful people in each of these. They  such as Nitesh Tiwari (the director of Dangal), Amish Tripathi (the highest selling Indian author of Immortals of Meluha series) Siddharth Roy Kapur (producer of films like DevDRang De BasantiDangal) and Ritesh Agarwal (Co-founded Oyo, which is valued at $800 million) to share their experiences and knowledge.

With these successful people, they created a video learning course which is engaging and interesting and has a three-phased approach.

Phase 1– ‘Basic introduction or Class 101′- What is it to get into this career, how does it work, what skills does one need?

Phase 2– Focuses on teaching the above skills.

Phase 3– Discusses important questions like ‘Is this a viable career option and how much money can one make out of it. Varun half-seriously and half-jokingly noted that Phase 3 had been specifically designed for parents.

Each course is broken down into multiple lessons, around 9 to 15 mostly 5 minutes each depending on the course.  Each lesson ends with a quick summary of the key points covered, for easy recall.

Grades Don't Matter Summary
Grades Don’t Matter Summary

The video is of professional quality and is engaging.

Along with this course, you can download a workbook which is an overview of all the lessons from the course in a downloadable PDF. 

On completion of the course, you get a digitally signed certificate from the trainer as shown in the image below.

Grades Don't Matter Completion Certificate
Grades Don’t Matter Completion Certificate

Courses in Grades Don’t Matter

They have a collection of tutorials about alternate careers ranging from How to Start Your Own Restaurant, Filmmaking, Getting Your Book Published, and even areas like improv, standup comedy, and Beat-Boxing.

Courses in Grades Don't Matter
Courses in Grades Don’t Matter

Cost of Grades Don’t matter

You can buy each of the courses for Rs 99. On payment, the videos are available for unlimited viewings.

They also have a special offer going on where you can access all these courses for Rs 199 only but for a month.

Website- Grades Don’t Matter

Download the app here on Android and iOS.

How is Grades Don’t Matter different?

There are millions of people from all across the globe use Massive Open Online Course(MOOC) which allow participants to pursue their interest of course online such as Udemy, Coursera, Udacity.

How Grades Don’t Matter differ is that it is

  • from the best in the field in that domain, Amish Tripathi explaining how to write a book, imagine where will you get that.
  • lessons are short in videos and to the point with a workbook.
  • covers all the topics such as for writing a book how to publish a book or market a book, or how to become a Radio Jockey
  • How much you can earn if you pursue the field.

I wish there was a course on being a YouTuber (There is one on web series). And for Rs 199 (though only for a month ) it is lesser than a dinner at Domino.

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