Around now many colleges are hosting Spring Open Days. These days are a great opportunity for Fifth Year and Transition Year students to get a tour of the college and an introduction to the courses on offer there. The Spring Open Days are often less attended than college main Open Days in autumn so it is a good opportunity to get ahead of the posse and get some valuable college research done before you even begin your Leaving Cert year.
5 Actions to Take for Spring Open Days
Look up the dates of Spring Open Days
Find out the dates of the Spring Open Days. You can search for open days from 70 colleges across the country who are featured on careersportal.ie To browse these open days click here. Alternatively talk to your Guidance Counsellor who may be able to advise you on dates for other colleges.
Research Courses on Offer
Before attending an Open Day you should look up what courses are available in the college. You can search the college websites or ask your Guidance Counsellor for access to college prospectuses. Careersportal.ie have made all this research much easier for you to access. There are 70 colleges profiled on careersportal.ie These profiles provide information on the colleges, links to download prospectuses, links to college websites and all the latest news from the colleges. So this is a good place for you to start your research, click here.
Plan Your Day
Open Days usually have a schedule of talks and presentations. These are made available on the college websites. Plan your day in advance. Know what talks you wish to attend and plan your day around them. Download a map of the college campus so you can easily find the rooms the talks are taking place in.
If you are attending an Open Day with friends, then it is better to split up and attend the talks that you are genuinely interested in rather than just following the crowd. You can arrange travel together to and from the event and arrange times to meet up for coffee breaks during the day, but ultimately it is your responsibility to get the information you need from the event.
When you get home, reflect on what you have learnt. If there was a course or two that really peaked your interest then follow up on it. Find out what the entry requirements are and how many points are needed. Research the course in greater detail. Find out what you will be studying. You can access this information on the coursefinders on careersportal.ie Click here for the CAO Coursefinder and her for the PLC Coursefinder.
Look at job prospects. Find out what graduates of the course are doing. This information will be available in the college prospectus and on the website. Look into the sector and find out what jobs are in demand. There are 33 careers sectors profiled on careersportal.ie You can access information on the labour market and jobs in demand by reading up on the relevant career sector. The career sectors can be accessed on the CareersPortal home page, www.careersportal.ie
The CareersPortal Team