Absolutely. Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to see beyond the glossy brochures, the attractive websites and the statements about Uni X being the best. Seeing for yourself is the best way to really make up your mind about an institution. Every student’s dream course and career is out there somewhere. It sometimes just takes a little detective work and some leg work on Open Days to discover it.
Open Days are a great way to obtain a lot of information about courses and careers and to really see the differences between various institutions. And institutions do vary significantly. Apart from differences in areas like facilities, cafes and libraries, course content varies from institution to institution in identically named courses. The variety of courses will vary as well as special features such as work placements or opportunities to complete a semester overseas.
It’s really important that students find a university they will be happy in. Institutions vary greatly. Some are rather formal while others are more relaxed and welcoming. Facilities, courses, support structures and the social life is different at every university. It’s well worth spending a morning or afternoon looking carefully at a university under consideration. A student might be able to find answers to important questions such as:
- Could I be happy at this university and in this course?
- If anything goes wrong, what support is available?
- Does this look and feel like a place I would be happy to study and socialise in for the duration of my course?
You wouldn’t enrol your child in a primary or secondary school before checking it, and the same should apply to universities and TAFE institutes. Students don’t have to wait until they are in the senior secondary years before they start attending open Days. Even primary school children can have a lot of fun at open Days. Apart from the free ice-creams, fairy floss, pens and other give-aways, seeing the exciting displays at Open Days can start children and teenagers thinking more positively about possible careers. Best of all, students may become more motivated to work harder at school so that exciting courses and careers are within their reach.