Top tips for making the most of Open Days

Dipisha Patel attended an Open Day at the University of Wolverhampton as a prospective student and went on to study first a BA (Hons) Business Management and then a Masters, before securing a Graduate Internship in External Relations.

Since January 2018 she has worked as Events Co-ordinator as part of the team that organises the University’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Days. Here she shares her top tips for making the most of Open Days:

  1. Do your research beforehand: Look at the programme online and plan your day so you can make the most of the tours and talks. If you pre-register you can keep up to date with future Open Days and gain fast track entry on the day. Also it is worth checking if the University has multiple campuses like we do so you can make sure you go to the right one!
  2. Get there early: It’s great to have the time to speak to as many people as possible and go along to the welcome talk which is a great introduction to the University.
  3. Talk to academics about your course: As well as the all-important questions about the course content, it’s good to find out about employment rates and the sorts of careers graduates enter.
  4. Chat to students: Universities usually employ student helpers on the day, and they are a great source of information about the town or city, the social life, how friendly the institution is and where the best places are to go.
  5. Visit the library: This was an important one for me as a student as I wanted to get a feel for the University facilities and where I would spend my time.
  6. Talk to Careers and Employment Services: Even at the Open Day I went to as a prospective student, I was thinking ahead to the sort of job I wanted so I made sure I spoke to someone in Careers.
  7. Make time to visit the surrounding area: It’s worth visiting the town or city close to the University so you can get a feel for the area and what’s nearby.

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