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College Open Days: 6 things you should know

Choosing a third level course is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. You can only learn so much from a college’s website or prospectus. Walking around the campus, meeting lecturers and students will give you a much better feel for what it’s actually like to go to that college. Check out these 6 tips for making sure you get the most from your visit to an open day.  

College open days. 6 things you should know.

1. Know when the open days are happening

Make sure to keep an eye on when the college you’re interested in is having their open day. IT Sligo are having an open day on Thursday 20th October 2016 from 10AM - 2PM. There will be loads of information on their courses as well as the chance to meet lecturers and ask any questions you have.

2. Have some questions prepared 

If you want to get the most from a visit to a college then you'll want to come home having all your questions answered. It’s a good idea to make a list beforehand of all the things you want to find out. Here’s a few questions you might include;

- What courses are on offer? 

- Is there an Interview involved? 

- What were the points required last year?

- How do I apply? 

- Is the course that I am interested in covered under the 

grant scheme? 

- What’s the weekly timetable like?

- What are the career prospects once I graduate?

- What are other graduates of this course doing now? 


3. Keep an eye out for new courses

It’s always worth checking out any new courses available as often these will be brought on stream as a result of demand in the jobs market. 


4. Plan your day

There’s usually quite a lot going on at an open day so if you are not to miss anything then print out a timetable of the events taking place on the day beforehand. Highlight all the things that you don’t want to miss and then try fit in all the other things you want to do around that. 


5. It’s good to talk

At every open day there will be lecturers and current students on hand to answer your questions. Don't be afraid to approach these people with your questions. The last thing you want is to come home with unanswered questions because you were to shy to ask. 


6. Summarise everything when you get home

If you’ve followed our advice it’s likely that when you get home your head will be full of information and impressions. It’s a good idea to sit down and write out the name of each of the courses that interested you along with all the pros and cons of that course. This way you’ll have a record of your first impressions while they are still fresh in your mind. 


Remember you’ll be doing a lot of walking and picking up lots of information so wear comfortable shoes and bring a bag!  

Happy course hunting!

Studyclix Team