So Open Day is over and your teenager is still tossing up between a few courses and institutions. What are the kinds of things you should be making sure of now that you’ve heard all the talks and taken home all the brochures?
At RMIT, we want to make the transition into university as easy as possible. We’ve provided some questions and notes to assist with this process, while we encourage all VCE students and their parents to consider attending our Transitioning into University Information Evening on the 5th of September.
· Is your child studying VCE or VCAL?
· What subjects have they selected?
· What subjects do they enjoy?
· Where did they complete work experience? Did they like it?
· What extra curricular activities do they enjoy?
· Are they an introvert or extrovert?
· Do they have a specific career in mind or are they open minded?
· Do they prefer hands on activities?
· Do they have contacts within an industry that they’d like to explore?
· Is there a specific institution in mind?
· How far are they willing to travel?
Based on how you and your teenager answered the above questions, you should now be able to narrow down the type of program they’d like to apply for.
This may be in the form of a Bachelor / Undergraduate degree, double degree or Associate Degree.
Higher education involves a variety of different study techniques, including lectures, tutorials, labs or studios. Students should be ready to learn independently in classes that are much bigger than those in high school.
This is more commonly known as TAFE and includes Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.
TAFE includes seminars, labs, workshops and studios with smaller class sizes and mostly hands-on training. RMIT Vocational Education programs can also provide an excellent pathway to university degrees and so are great programs to include in your child’s preference lists if you’re worried about not meeting the entry requirements.
These allow you to complete workplace-based training in specific areas such as Building and Construction, Clothing and Textiles, Social Science, Health Services, Engineering Trades and Technology and Electronics.
Students will learn on the job and earn money while studying a nationally recognised qualification, spanning between three and four years depending on the interest area.
Now that you’ve selected the type of course to apply for, let’s consider the things you need to be looking out from the institution of choice:
· What kind of facilities are available in your child’s interest area?
· What kind of support is on offer?
· Are micro credentials available?
· Are they globally recognised?
· Does your child have the chance to become part of a student community through clubs and societies that they’re interested in?
· How far away is the campus that they are hoping to study at?
When weighing up course options, it’s also important to consider:
· How much industry experience is available within the course?
· What kind of units are involved within the course?
· Will the course lead to a specific career, or is your child after a broader skill set?
· What are the job prospects and career outcomes?
· What kind of pathways are on offer?
· Where are graduates finding work?
· Are there global opportunities available?
VTAC timely applications are now open and so this means that Year 12 students need to lock in preferences before the 30th of September at 5pm. Below are some handy hints when making sure your child has locked in the right course for after high school:
· Ensure they’ve met the pre requisites or know which selection tasks are required to gain entry into the course. Note that without completing these requirements, students won’t be able to gain entry into specific courses. At RMIT, you can view these on the course pages under Entry Requirements.
· Ensure your child lists out their preferences on a sheet of paper before submitting through VTAC, giving a reason for each of their preferences.
· Use resources including the VTAC Course Search and their school Career Adviser to ensure that they submit their application properly. All students should also opt to apply for scholarships and category 1 of SEAS on VTAC.
· Mistakes can be made with your application that you can change during the Change of Preference period!
· If your child makes a mistake after starting the course, they can apply for internal course transfers the following year. These are quite common and RMIT will support students through this process/.
If you’d like some more information on the VTAC process, exam advice or further information about the support available at RMIT, we recommend registering to attend our Information Evening on the 5th of September which we have organised with our partner ATAR Notes.