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Student support goes social

Student using the Sunderland College Facebook page

Sunderland College is reaching out to thousands of young people by launching a careers advice service through Facebook.

Recognising how many teenagers use Facebook every day, the college has launched a service the will provide advice and guidance on career and course options through the social media platform’s chat function.

It’s believed the college is the first in the country to run the private one-to-one chat sessions through Facebook, a social media platform used by millions.

Dave Riddell, Director of Student Services at Sunderland College, said: “We know how important the right advice and guidance is for potential students unsure of what path to take. The Facebook support service aims to make it as easy as possible for them to find out the answers to their many questions.

“Facebook is used by so many young people that providing this service through the platform made a lot of sense. Anyone that likes our page will be able to chat live, in private with one of the team in a one to one session and all are trained to help answer questions on everything associated with further education and life at Sunderland College.”

Aaron Liddle, 16 from Sunderland is currently studying at Sunderland College for AS Levels is Maths, Business, English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies.

Aaron said: “I think this is an amazing opportunity for students. It can be difficult to choose the right course and yet it is a very important decision to make which could impact heavily on your future.

“Having the information provided, especially through a website so commonly used by students such as Facebook, will be really beneficial to helping us make that vital choice.”

The sessions are being run by the college’s Information Advice and Guidance team every Wednesday between 5pm and 6pm, those using the service can even receive an email transcript of the conversation.

To use the careers advice service head to the Sunderland College Facebook Page every Wednesday between 5pm and 6pm.

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