College Open Days are a great opportunity for prospective students to see what the college is like for yourself, to gather information and to check out facilities that are available. Being physically present on the campus where you will get the opportunity to experience the atmosphere as well as visit lecture rooms, libraries, restaurants, sports complex etc can help give you a real sense of how one college differs from another. In the current climate, while it is not possible to attend an Open Day on the campus, much can still be gained from attending Virtual Open Days and events that are being hosted by several colleges.
In order to get the most out of such events a bit of preparation in advance can be really useful. Take a look at the college website and familiarise yourself with the courses that are available, especially those you may be interested in applying for. Identify any sections of the course you particularly like or are unsure about, prepare questions and avail of the opportunity to put these questions to the course lecturers. Remember also to take notes as you will be taking in a lot of information and may need to look back on these notes at a later stage.
These events can also be an opportunity to find out more about campus accommodation, student services, scholarships, college clubs and societies and lots more.
For a full listing of Open Days and Career Events go to www.qualifax.ie