Five tips to make the most of Open Day

Here’s how to make the most of the many opportunities on offer at RMIT's Open Day.

Open Day gives you the perfect opportunity to see all that RMIT has to offer. You may have read information online or in a brochure, and maybe even chatted to your friends about the programs you’re interested in.

But nothing is better than seeing it for yourself. At Open Day you can experience the diverse range of learning environments, check out cutting-edge teaching facilities and talk to current students and staff.

With more than 1000 events across the city (August 11), Bundoora (August 4) and Brunswick (August 11) campuses, the day is jam-packed with ways to gather information, advice and inspiration. 

Here are five helpful tips on how to organise your Open Day from Daniel Polidano, RMIT’s student recruitment engagement co-ordinator.

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1. Use the online planner

RMIT’s online planner will help you personalise your Open Day. Just enter your details and up to five courses you’re interested in, and you’ll receive an email with information on relevant information sessions and events.

From there, you can map out your day according to your priorities. Allow yourself time to thoroughly explore the facilities and talk to students and staff. You may want to think about timetabling your day to ensure you’re able to visit everything on your to-do list.

2. Talk to RMIT students and staff

Chances are, you’ve got a list of questions you want answered. Current students and staff are on hand to answer each one and they offer up a generous serve of inspiration on the side.

If you’re studying Year 12, our students have been in your shoes. Ask them for their tips on navigating the university’s applications and prerequisite processes, and don’t forget to ask them about the program they are studying. What do they like about it? How is it challenging them? What do they wish someone had told them when they were in Year 12?

Feel free to also fire off questions about student life in general. Any hacks they have up their sleeves and where’s the best coffee on campus?

Of course, our teaching staff are a top source of information on course content and opportunities after graduating. They may also provide guidance on special tasks required in addition to course applications, such as interviews and portfolios. What are staff looking for? Who are the students that excel in these selection tasks and what do they bring to the table?

3. Discover how you’ll become a work-ready graduate

There are plenty of ways RMIT students are ready to hit the ground running once they graduate.  Explore the variety of industry connections within the programs you’re interested in. Internships, work placements, international work and volunteer opportunities are all designed to set students up for successful careers.

Check out the extra programs you can apply for to complement your study. Co-curricular programs such as Future Edge increases your employability, while RMIT’s strong industry connections mean students can be mentored by a wide range of professionals from the private and public sectors, we well as not-for-profit organisations.

RMIT’s friendly staff from the Job Shop will be on hand to answer all your career-related questions.

4. Find out where your degree will take you

RMIT has an exciting range of international experiences available so students can enrich their learning experiences and ramp up their employability. With more than 200 exchange partner institutions and industry connections across Europe, Asia and North America, so many global opportunities await.

Choose from cross-campus study to RMIT’s campuses in Vietnam, semester exchanges, short-term study tours and international work experience

5. Learn about the pathways to reach your career goals

If you find things don’t go as planned and your dream course is not achievable in the short-term future, you’ll need to make alternative arrangements.

RMIT will be there to support students to reach their dream career. Discuss pathway programs with our teaching staff and explore the different ways you can still achieve the qualification you want.

RMIT Open Day will be held between 10am and 4pm at the Bundoora campus on Sunday, August 4 and at the City and Brunswick campuses on Sunday, August 11.

Story: Kate Jones

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