Open Day at DIT

On Saturday 01 December DIT hosted its annual Open Day for nearly three thousand prospective students who are considering studying at third level in 2008. The event opened at 9am and crowds ebbed and flowed throughout the day until 3pm. The event is designed to make it as easy as possible for people to get all the information they need under one roof, so each Faculty sets up their information stand along the concourse in the Aungier Street campus. The result is a bustling, noisy market atmosphere, combined with performances by music students in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, members of the ever-popular Juggling Society and dancers from the DIT Dance Soc.

Interview with Vincent O'Hora, DIT Admissions Officer, and broadcast live on SPIN FM from DIT's Open Day at Aungier Street

Visitors were welcomed in the Atrium by the Admissions Office who co-ordinate the event, and by the range of student services including sports, careers, disability service, the international office and Lifelong Learning. Armed with prospectus, wallplanner and timetable for the day, visitors then made their way through the throng to find current students and staff who were available at each stand to explain what's involved in programmes in their area.

Juggling options - DIT student members of DIT's Juggling Society entertain visitors to the Open Day at Aungier Street

According to Vincent O'Hora, DIT Admissions Officer, 'The choice for students completing a CAO application is growing all the time, and it can be daunting. The best advice for students is to find out as much as possible about what a programme really involves, and one of the ways to do that is to talk to a current student in that area. The many student volunteers at Open Day did trojan work explaining their subject areas and encouraging students to apply but also giving a realistic description so that the applicant can make a genuinely more informed choice.'

Having browsed the stands, the next step for many visitors was to take in one of the specific subject talks which were repeated at intervals of 90 minutes in lecture theatres around the building. While initial questions can be answered at the busy stands downstairs, the talks offer a quieter opportunity to talk about the subject area to those who are particularly interested but want to get an understanding of the options available within a particular programme as well as the potential career paths that may lead from it.

The CAO deadline is 01 February 2008 and Vincent O'Hora encourages students to contact the Admissions Office at any time to find out more about their options. 'Sometimes the Open Day is the first time a student may have considered their options seriously, so we are available by phone and email to answer any of the follow-up queries they or their parents or guidance counsellors may have. We recognise the pressure they're under and are happy to relieve that in any way we can by help and advice.'

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