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, you as a parent, carer or guardian can feel this same anxiety. A great way to put any concerns and questions to rest is to attend an upcoming university Open Day.  

Open Day is an event that gives anyone and everyone the chance to learn about a university, its campus and the kinds of study options available. Open Day events, like RMIT’s NextFest, are a chance for you and your teen to speak to university staff and students face to face and clear up any confusion about different degrees, how applications work and the different pathways to uni. 

After experiencing online schooling and remote support, take Open Day as a chance to come in person with your teen and ensure the campus is the perfect place for them. 

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 is 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. Going on this journey with them keeps you informed about their options, giving you the tools to help them as they make decisions about their future studies. 

There are 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 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. 

If the sheer number of courses available to your teen is imposing, talking to university staff in person on Open Day can help you cut straight to the study options that appeal to your teen and their interests. 

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 a campus with them. University campuses are incredibly diverse places. They offer academic wonders from libraries to labs, and creative spaces your teen may have dreamed of.  

For example, 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 you’ll want to check out with your teen 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.  

It’s not just academics that you will be able to speak to, but university staff as well. 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 those who share their interests. Open Day offers a great chance for future students to meet likeminded current students that share their 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. 

Not only is your teen likely to find current students at Open Day that can help them understand a study area, but they could meet future friends and support networks for when they are at university. 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 around the campus 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 campuses locale. This can create opportunities to discuss if your teen would feel safe at a university based on its location and the safety services nearby. 

Future student and parent speaking with an RMIT ambassador

6. Discover industry opportunities alongside them 

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, so 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. 

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 is okay.  

Exploring a campus and everything on offer could help them decide whether university is for them. Discovering and discussing with your teen will give them the support they need to begin flying on their own. 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.