At Pearson College London, Open Days are our big showcase events - where you can experience the best of Pearson Business School and Escape Studios. They're a great opportunity to talk directly with course tutors and find out more from our current students and alumni. We'll be able to give you careers advice, help you with any questions that you may have about your application and many events have a special guest industry speaker too!
So, what do you need to do to get the most out of an open day?
- Campus - research the campus, ensuring you have an idea of where the open day is taking place, how to get there and get around too.
- Town and city - make sure you know where the University is in relation to the nearby town/city and ensure you know your method of transport. For instance, if you are taking the train, know the nearest station; if you are parking, is there parking at the event or will you need extra time to park and walk.
- Talks - know the talks you want to go to and the courses that you're interested in, along with who is speaking if possible: this way you can get an idea of who is going to be there.
- Questions - draft questions you need the answers to. This could be anything about accommodation, facilities, societies, etc.
2. BRING THE RIGHT ITEMS
- Open day pack - sometimes the university will send you information by post or email prior to the event, including an agenda, parking information and the address, so take a good look at it in advance.
- A pen and notepad - it is important to try to absorb as much information as possible and make a note of it whilst you’re there.
- A bag - to carry any extra prospectuses, documents or items you pick up along the way.
- Someone else - this could be a parent, guardian or friend! It is always helpful to have a second opinion about important matters like these.
3. MAKE SURE THAT YOU SPEAK TO...
- Industry experts - at Pearson College London, we try to immerse you in industry from the second you commence your studies. It starts with open days: we have industry speakers from our partners (including IBM, Unilever, L'Oreal, Pearson and DirectLine) to inspire you and offer opportunities. Asking questions to these individuals could provide really valuable answers.
- Tutors - this is a chance to talk to the course specialists about the courses they run.
- Alumni - listen to how alumni have achieved career success and how their degree and internships helped them to get where they are today. This way, you can plan ahead and decide on the type of internship you would like to complete in order to be successful.
- Students - get a feel for the student atmosphere and student experience at the university. This is a good opportunity to get first-hand information about student union, the local town and accommodation. The chances are, if the students are passionate about the university, it's probably a great place to be!
3. ON THE DAY - ATTEND...
- a campus tour
- accommodation tour
- tours of the town/city (or take the time to do this yourself)
- finance or UCAS talks
- industry speaker talk
- talk about courses and modules
4. AFTER THE EVENT
- Go home and read through any brochures, booklets, prospectuses or general information you have collected.
- Decide on a couple of courses that you are interested in and draw comparisons from these courses, deciding on the factors that are drawing you to these courses i.e. what’s important to you?
- Research if any other universities offer similar courses and consider visiting them as well to get an idea of the best location for you to complete your studies.
- (AFTER YOU HAVE VISITED ALL OF YOUR UNIVERSITIES OF INTEREST) Go to the UCAS website and start to follow the application process for the top universities and courses that you wish to pursue.
What not to do
1. DON'T wear something inappropriate - this is the first impression that the university is going to have of you so it is important to treat it as a professional event. This is not to say you have to be dressed in business-wear, but jeans and a smart top would be generally sufficient.
2. DON'T be late - being late is something that again will affect your reputation. There is a high chance that the lecturers talking about the course as the open day will be your lecturers when you start studying. You don't want to make a bad impression before you've even started, so punctuality is key.
3. DON'T be shy - make sure you utilise the opportunity to talk to as many different people about the subject and courses that you're interested in and collate as much information as possible.
4. DON'T arrive without a clue - make sure you know something about the course and the university that you are visiting, research the accommodation options beforehand, and have an idea of the campus itself and any questions you might like to ask. That way, you’ll get the most out of the open day!
5. DON'T leave early - open days can seem long-winded and tiring as you have to take in lots of information, but leaving early will reduce the amount of information you are able to gather, so make the most of the opportunity.
We hope to see you all soon!