A Romanian has swapped life in a mountainside village for Wearside - and he’s loving the experience.
Victor Rusu, 23, has developed a real passion for the North East thanks to the University of Sunderland and its Futures project.
I believe it was a great experience. It helped me enhance my skills and employment chances and the part that Sunderland Futures played was important in my developmentVictor Rusu
He is now a postgraduate in business and marketing management, and well on the way to achieving his dreams of working in marketing.
Thanks to the university, he clinched a year’s work placement in a hotel in Chicago, where he worked in every job from the bell boy to laundry.
“I believe it was a great experience,” he said.
“It helped me enhance my skills and employment chances and the part that Sunderland Futures played was important in my development.”
Sunderland Futures helps students develop their prospects by linking them to placements, to internships, volunteer opportunities and other chances to enhance their skills.
Years ago, Victor, from a small mountain village in Transylvania, looked online at the profiles of universities to decide which one to hopefully study at.
But Sunderland “went the extra mile” to promote itself to him and sent him a profile.
The student curriculum appealed to him and so did studying close to the coastline.
Victor can now boast that he is a SuPA hero – one of the winners of the Sunderland Professional Award which recognises students who have excelled in work experience, volunteering and skills and academic development.
The Sunderland Echo has teamed up with University of Sunderland to launch The Futures Starts Here campaign.
We want to hear from businesses and community groups which want to get involved in Sunderland Futures by offering paid placements, internships and mentoring.
In return, they may be helping to develop the skills of a future employee.
Let’s make Wearside the best place in the country for student-business link-ups.
To find out more on how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org