Go to the university open days before you make your subject selections for Years 11 & 12.
- Go with friends. University Open Days are fun. There are exhibitions and tech games and experiments and food vans and displays. Your friends will have similar views and thoughts and they will help you to refine your ideas.
- Take your parents. They need to become familiar with what is available at university and they will offer a different perspective.
You may discover ideas to motivate crazy dreams. Remember, dreams come in a whisper, not in a shout. By going to open days in Year 10 you can start to listen to your dreams.
Most students will choose a university close to where they live.
All West Australian universities deliver first class education so you don’t need to worry about NOT getting a world standard degree, no matter which university your choose. Your choice will probably depend on what uni is closest to your home, where your friends are going, and what feeling you get when you go to university open days.
Check out the WA Unis HERE.
There is so much to see and do that they can be a bit overwhelming. You can do some preparation before you go by doing some career quizzes. Your results may help you to narrow down where you go and what you want to see at the Open Day.
First in Family to Go to Uni
Even if your whole family has been to university, you will find information, tips and ideas on the First in Family site that will help you to come to understand the world of universities.
Planning Your Open Day
Make it a big outing.
Go with a friend. Your family and friends are the greatest influence on your career choice. If you can get both to go with you to an Open Day, you will have your power group around you.
- Check out public transport and parking restrictions on the campus.
- Where is the main admin building and where are the toilets?
- Download a campus map.
- Check the Open Day program and choose what you want to explore.
- Plan your route and schedule any special events you want to see.
- Get an Open Day map and program.
- Find a coffee shop or nice place to retreat to and check the layout of the campus and events.
- Plan your route and schedule, including university accommodation tours.
- Find the coffee shops, library, student services, guild, clubs and sports teams you can join now.
- Talk to staff and students in different faculties and check out their buildings.
- Each faculty has lots of different courses. For example, the Education Faculty will have Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary school qualifications.
Uni Opportunities from School
- Find out about opportunities that are offered to school students by the university.
- Do they have programs for school students like UniReady or Aspire or student mentor outreach programs that you can engage with at school?
- You may be able to join sports clubs, computer clubs, and acting classes.
Good marks in Year 11 and 12 will increase the range of courses that you can apply for and they will put you in line for scholarships.
“Year 10 Magic Happens,” is a career handbook designed specifically for students in Western Australia. This handbook is here to guide you as you explore your interests, find your dreams, and make your plan for the future.
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