University Open Days
Open Day season is fast approaching! This is the time when universities gather as many student ambassadors as possible to meet and greet prospective students and their parents.
Visiting a university on Open Day can be a highly worthwhile experience, so read on to see our top five tips to get the most out of the day.
Getting the most out of an Open Day
1) Do your homework & Plan Ahead
Know the dates and the programme of events in advance and download the list to view all our participating institutions.
Find out what is on offer well before the day – talks, tours, faculty expo’s, this will ensure that you don’t miss out on opportunities. It’s a busy day and there will be crowds of people. Some sessions may require registration beforehand and numbers may be limited. This information along with useful Open Day apps are available on university websites. Go with your parents as they will see things differently to you which can make for a good discussion.
2) Questions are the Answer
Before you go find out a little bit about the courses that you’re interested in. Look on the website and research the name(s) of the academics in that particular faculty. Find out where the faculty is and go ready to ask questions e.g. Where do your graduates find employment? What practical or work experiences are on offer? Are exchange programmes available? Talk to the students about their experience. If you are looking at the accommodation on campus, check out the facilities, the total costs involved, entry requirements and talk to students.
3) Alternative Entry & Pathway
Be sure to speak with the Prospective Student Advisors about the alternative pathways into university and any other selection criteria that may be considered e.g. portfolios, auditions, interviews etc. Going from school to uni isn’t the only pathway you can take, there are other options and this is where your Careers Advisor can help.
It’s important to do some thinking after your Open Day experience – what did you like/not like, how easy was the travel to the campus, are they offering courses you’re interested in, what are possible alternatives? Write some things down about your overall impression.
5) Set Some Goals for Senior Study
Armed with the above information, set some personal goals to motivate you to achieve your best in your senior studies so that you have a range of options to consider after Year 12.
Remember you are the prospective student and you should be asking questions and gathering as much information as possible to make a well-informed decision.
Year 12 – Dates & Deadlines
This term is a busy term in the Careers Office as Year 12 begin to make some firm decisions about courses, pathways and options for 2019 and beyond. It is critical therefore that girls read and check their emails regularly and make note of important dates and deadlines to avoid missed opportunities and disappointment. When in doubt, please pop into the Careers Office or send through available times and a meeting can be scheduled. Students will be able to open their accounts with the University and Admissions Centre (UAC) from Wednesday 1 August.
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Book a meeting with a Careers Advisor
We welcome students in all years
The Careers Office is open to all students. We are available in the office, located in the LRC, before and after school, and at recess and lunch. Girls are most welcome to drop in but at times we can be busy with students, so the best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability or drop in with your diary to schedule a time.
Please email the Careers Team.
Mrs Carmel Donnan & Ms Katrina Smith
UNSW – Law Admission Test (LAT)
The 2018 LAT will be held on Tuesday 25 September. Registrations are open and will close Friday 10 August.
ACT Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE)
16 to 18 January 2019 UNSW @ ADFA
If you’re a young woman in Years 9 or 10 in 2019, you’re invited to attend our FREE Young Women in Engineering (YoWIE) three-day workshop.
Applications are open now and close Wednesday 31 October.
Northern Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo – 16th August 2018
The Northern Sydney Apprenticeships and Traineeships Expo will be held at The Concourse – Civic Pavilion, Chatswood NSW on Thursday 16 August 2018 from 3.30 – 6.30pm.
This is a free event and a great opportunity for students, parents and carers to learn how to get an apprenticeship and talk to one of more than 40 organisations who will be present.
Macquarie University – Info Night
August 9 City Campus
An evening for students and parents to find out how you can achieve remarkable things at university.