The important questions you and your teen should be asking at RMIT’s Open Day

Understanding your teen’s future university study is made easier by asking the right questions at RMIT Open Day.

As a parent, guardian or carer, it’s natural to have questions about the complexities of university study and how it all works. You may find your teen coming to you with questions of their own, and it’s always easier to have these conversations when you know the answer. Your teen could be in Year 12 and trying to understand the next step in their studies, or they could be earlier in high school and looking to get a head start on planning their career.  

This is where RMIT’s Open Day festival, NextFest, comes in. You’ll get a chance to see exactly what life is like for students at RMIT’s Bundoora campus on Sunday 7 August and the Melbourne City and Brunswick campuses on Sunday 14 August.  

If you are struggling to find the right questions that give you and your teen insight into university admission and study, fear not! Here are some ideas for what you could ask RMIT staff and students at NextFest.  

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What to ask Study@RMIT staff

Many of the folks you will meet at Open Day will be able to answer your questions, but you’ll definitely want to chat with the Study@RMIT team. These staff members can tell you everything you need to know about your teen’s future studies and how to support them as they plan their study journey at RMIT. 

  • What are the entry requirements for their course? Find out about any selection requirements, such as VCE subject prerequisites or additional selection tasks your teen may need to complete for their course. 
  • What do I need to know about scholarships? Many of RMIT’s courses are supported by scholarships that give opportunities to students from a range of academic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Ask our staff about scholarship options and how to apply. 
  • What if they don’t get the ATAR or study score for their course? RMIT has a range of pathway options to ensure future students have more than one way into their dream degree. If you’re confused, ask us how it works at RMIT Open Day! 
  • What will classes look like next year? At RMIT we are taking a blended approach that allows for a mix of face-to-face and digital learning. NextFest is a great chance to find out the amazing benefits of studying on campus. 
  • Is there extra study support available if my teen is stuck on an assignment? From assignment planners to web chats for coursework help, RMIT offers a range of study support services that you can learn more about on Open Day. 
  • Is there equitable learning support to help my teen at university? RMIT’s Equitable Learning Services (ELS) supports students with disabilities, long-term illnesses or mental health conditions as they make the transition to university and during their studies.  

What to ask RMIT academics and industry partners

At RMIT’s Open Day events you’ll get the chance to see and speak to some of the University’s lecturers and your teen’s future employers. Take this chance to find out how your teen can get a foot in the door of their industry with the help of work experience and RMIT’s industry connections. 

  • What can they expect from their course? The more information your teen has about assessments, class topics and electives, the more prepared they’ll be for their future studies. Knowing these details as a parent can help you be a guiding hand for your teen as they set off on their university journey. 
  • How long do the lectures or classes go for? Uni classes, usually in the form of lectures, tutorials and seminars, are more varied than high school classes. You might want to know how long they go for, what a timetable will look like, and how many hours they will be at uni each week. 
  • Which industry partners does RMIT have connections with? Industry partners are different for every course and study area at RMIT. Chat with us to find out which organisations can help your teen’s career goals and how to connect with them. 
  • How can my teen gain real-world experience through their course? Through internships, projects and engagement opportunities at RMIT, students can build real-world experience that counts towards their degree with companies like Adidas, Deloitte and L’Oréal.  
  • My teen would love to study abroad, how can they organise that? Global work and study experience can be organised through most courses. Ask us how it works and start planning how your teen could go beyond the classroom in their learning journey. 
  • Could you share some tips to boost employability while at uni? Whether your teen is looking to have their job application reviewed at the Job Shop or book in a one-on-one career consultation, there are plenty of ways they can maximise their employability while studying at RMIT.  
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What to ask current RMIT students

Find out about the kinds of experiences and journeys that your teen could take during their time at RMIT by talking to current students. From study tips to advice for meeting likeminded students, our student ambassadors have firsthand knowledge on what your teen can expect from study and social life at RMIT. 

  • Why did you pick RMIT after high school? Discover what stood out to our current students when they were selecting their VTAC preferences and what insider tips they might have. 
  • Tell me about your experiences at RMIT? Find out what our current students’ projects look like and what they love most about their course. Discussing what they find challenging may even provide useful insights for you and your teen to consider when deciding on degree options. 
  • What kind of clubs and societies are available at RMIT? Through RMIT’s student clubs, your teen will explore new passions, discover lasting friendships and find the perfect outlet to express themselves alongside their studies. 
  • What are your top tips for making the transition from school to uni smoother? Starting uni can be daunting at first, especially for parents who aren’t sure how to help their teen through their studies, but at RMIT there’s plenty of support in place to ensure it’s a great experience for you both. You could ask about our student-led support network RMIT Kirrip, or pick up handy tips that worked for our student ambassadors in their first year of study. 

Our academics, staff and student ambassadors will be close at hand throughout NextFest to answer all your questions and more. We can’t wait to see you in August! 

Story: Jacob Johnston

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