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Lockdowns result in “positive” changes for school counselling

Lockdowns and limitations to mobility have resulted in an "improvement of interactions" in clas adviser according to an expert speaking at a recent PIE webinar with Cialfo.

The session sought to explore how university reps can meaningfully and productively participate high school counsellors to way “win-win partnerships”.

Joseph Marshall, head of higher education at The Alice Smith School, Malaysia explained that there have been a number of benefits after school adviser moved online due to the pandemic.

“Our experience of the lockdown season has been mostly very positive ... We feel overall our interactions have improved with universities for a number of reasons, ” he said.

Marshall explained that before the pandemic bringing university representatives onto site was more labour intense.

" We're get academic material that we wouldn't have got in the past"

" From our point of view as a school,[ it] involved a lot of counselling of a good deal of reps in order to help them produce the material that we wanted them to produce on site, often when they wandered and had been to a lot of other different class ... that maybe had different requirements within the same trip ," he showed.

Marshall said that online counselling has been far more flexible in terms of what's being provided.

“There's been far more depth to what's being provided in terms of obviously now rather than precisely single university reps or a rep and an academic came to see you, we're now accessing different parts of university.

“Things like grants, other areas of funding, professions and we're getting academic content that we wouldn't have got in the past. Academics that just simply wouldn't have been able to travel previously, ” he added.

Ciara Newby, acting head of undergraduate recruitment international at the University of Bath in the UK also observed the advantages of online from an academic attitude.

“I personally have gotten to know some enormous professors at the University of Bath that I hadn't even are aware of before, ” she said.

“Because they certainly wouldn't have had the time to go on a two week trip to Southeast Asia, but they can give up an hour, for got a couple of mornings to deliver something bespoke to a school that we're working with.”

Newby too was indicated that the move online opened up more opportunities to work with students to increase engagement.

“I actually love working with our current students. I know I'm not alone in having a team of student diplomats that institutions have to contribute to contests, which plainly we didn't have when we were travelling as well, ” she said.

However, while there have been benefits to the way universities have had to pivot their working methods, Newby said there have also been challenges.

“Needless to say, there's always going to be a benefit in human contacts and in face-to-face contacts, but that isn't happening in the same way that it used to, ” she said.

Felicja Syska, VP of university date at Cialfo acknowledged the importance of human contact in school lawyer.

" There is no doubt that technology will never replace the fact that we yearn for human connection"

“We're all human and there is no doubt that technology and stages will never change the fact that we yearn for that human bond, and peculiarly when we're working with students and counsellors and genealogies and university representatives, we long for that, ” she said.

However, Syska observed the benefits to technology.

“At Cialfo we were already manager in this direction last year, even before lockdowns and things that were the outcomes of the pandemic.

“It was one of the reasons we had already instilled in our platform the opportunity for college virtual trips, recognising that our duty was really to see education accessible all over the world, ” she added.

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