Seven reasons why you should attend Open Day with your teen

Learn why Open Day is important and how attending with your teen helps you help them in their future studies.

When your teen is anxious and confused about what comes after high school, it’s only natural for you to feel this same anxiety. A great way to put any concerns and questions to rest is to attend an upcoming university Open Day together.   

Open Day is an event that gives anyone and everyone the chance to learn about a university, campus life and the kinds of study options available.  

This August, RMIT is excited to welcome you – the parents, guardians, carers and friends of our future students – to join them on campus at NextFest: an Open Day at a uni that prepares your teen for what’s next. 

Open Day events, like RMIT’s NextFest, are a chance for both of you to speak to university staff and students face to face and clear up any confusion about degrees, how applications work and the various pathways to uni.  

Take Open Day as your opportunity to ensure RMIT is the perfect place for your teen and feel it click together, by joining us at our Bundoora campus on Sunday 6 August, and at our Brunswick and City campuses on Sunday 13 August.

Future student and parent walking with an RMIT ambassador

1. Find out what university offers your teen

Open Day inspires new pathways and goals for the future, which is why it's for everyone, not just Year 12 students. If your teen is in Year 9 to 11, they can learn invaluable lessons about their study options early in their journey. If your teen is close to heading off to university, then it’ll give them a clear idea of what they’ll be experiencing soon.  

There are also a lot more study options available than students might be used to at high school. Checking out Open Day will reveal a few of the options that they may never have considered. For example, at RMIT they could pursue their dreams of being a clothing designer through a fashion design course or take their interest in sustainability to the next level by studying environmental science. Thanks to our selection of vocational education options, your teen could also explore options that lead to a trade industry.  

2. Explore the campus facilities together

If you’re curious about what university life will actually be like for your teen, the quickest and easiest way for you to find out is to walk around campus with them. University campuses are incredibly diverse places. They offer academic wonders from libraries to labs to learning spaces where dreams become reality with tech like VR and robotics.  

At RMIT you and your teen will be blown away by the facilities, with everything from innovative game streaming rooms to a media control centre. There are also non-academic locations, such as RMIT’s Job Shop, that provide career support in a non-classroom setting.  

Share in exploration and discovery with them by taking campus tours together. This is a good way for you understand where they might be taking their future classes and what their life on campus will look like.  

3. Boost your teen’s confidence by meeting university staff

Meeting lecturers in person and discussing study options can be a great test of whether your teen will enjoy a certain degree. If your teen wants to find out about a certain topic or study option, they’ll feel much more comfortable if you are both able to approach the academics together.   

You’ll also have the opportunity to chat to university staff. RMIT staff members (also known as the Study@RMIT team) will be able to answer some of your burning questions and clear up any confusion about the complexities of beginning a university degree.  

4. See them meet likeminded current students

Curious, young minds often feel more comfortable when surrounded by tpeers who share their interests. Open Day offers a great chance for future students to meet likeminded current students that have similiar passions. Current students can be a fantastic resource to both you and your teen when figuring out exactly what uni life will offer. At NextFest, you’ll find our student ambassadors are eager and very willing to give you their insider knowledge of RMIT. 

When you see your teen surrounded by their future peers and mentors, you’ll know whether they’ll fit in on a campus.  

5. Explore what’s near the campus together

While a university campus will offer plenty of food options, hangouts, and study spots, you and your teen may want to explore  our campuses and find out what’s nearby. You might need to know about parking, public transport or other amenities that will make accessing the campus that much easier. RMIT’s Melbourne City, Brunswick and Bundoora campuses are at the centre of exciting spaces, so you’ll want to take a look at their locality at NextFest in August. 

Just as important as amenities and facilities is the safety of your teen when they are attending university. You’ll feel more assured knowing they will be safe on and around their campus if you both explore a campus’ locale. This can create opportunities to discuss whether your teen feels safe at a university based on its location and the safety services nearby.  

6. Discover industry opportunities alongside them 

A university Open Day isn’t just for finding out about your teen’s future study. It's also a time to help them build the confidence to connect with industry. At RMIT’s Open Day, industry is everywhere, you’ll find countless chances to hear about the jobs that could come after university.  

Future employers at Open Day can tell you the best study options for certain jobs, as well as the work experience opportunities your teen could take advantage of. Work experience at uni can give your teen a foothold in the industry of their choice. Making these connections will be a big step for them and they will appreciate having you there during these moments as a support. 

RMIT Melbourne city campus exterior

7. Let them soar

A student might find themself attending Open Day without knowing what they want to learn or where they want to go, and that's okay.   

Exploring a campus and everything on offer could help them decide whether university is for them. Even if they decide that undergraduate study isn’t for them, RMIT’s Open Day showcases alternate study options such as vocational courses, which can range from certificates to apprenticeships!  

Attending Open Day with your teen will give you the tools to help support them as they take flight for their future studies, but it will also bring you closer together through your shared vision of the path ahead.  

Story: Jacob Johnston

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.