If you’re thinking about studying, going to open days is a must.
You get the opportunity to suss out the environment, hang out with students and chat to teachers about what it’s like to study on campus. Essentially, open day will give you a taste of what’s to come.
To help get you ready we have put together four tips to make sure you get the most out of open day.
Come prepared and plan your day
Open day is jam-packed. There will be a lot of things for you to do – this is why planning your day in advance is super important. Have a read through the institute’s online programme to get familiar with event times and locations, and be sure to check out some of the course material to get an idea of what you will likely be studying.
Being strategic in your preparation will make your day less stressful and will ensure you ask all the right questions. Don’t forget there’s fun to be had, too. Make sure you look out for events and competitions and make plenty of time to stop by a food truck for a bite to eat.
Talk to students and teachers
This is the best way to get to know the institute and what the overall lifestyle is like on campus. Ask students things like what influenced their decision to enrol and their thoughts on what the student lifestyle has to offer. Students will give you the truth about what really goes on around campus, so be sure to get some one-on-one time with them.
Talking to teachers will give you a sense of things like their expectations, work experience opportunities and even graduate job prospects. Keep in mind that every institute has their own points of difference so ask your potential teachers as many course-specific questions as possible.
Compare courses, campuses and institutes
If you only attend one open day you won’t have any idea of what’s on offer at other institutes. As tempting as it is to choose the campus with the most bars in a 2 kilometre radius, make sure you go to a few open days for comparison’s sake.
Don’t let the overwhelming excitement rush your final decision – you will be spending the next couple of years studying so it’s important to make the right choice. Take down some key points about the positives and negatives of each campus to help you round out your decision.
Bring your parents and some friends along
Bringing your parents and some friends along is a useful way to get second opinions on your open day visits. They will be valuable to have by your side on open day for a number of reasons: for example, they may point out something you missed or raise questions that slipped your mind.
But remember choosing where to study is ultimately up to you, so be vocal if the people you bring along have a tendency to take over. Nobody likes backseat drivers.
Our open day is Sunday, August 19. Click here to let us know if you’re coming along.
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