DIT Open Day 2008
6th December 2008
On Saturday 6th December DIT hosted its annual Open Day. The event, one of the biggest events in the DIT calendar, was a great success and attracted thousands of prospective students.
The event opened at 9:30 a.m. and the large crowds made for a great atmosphere for throughout the day. In addition to second-level students planning on attending Third-Level in 2009, Open Day attracted a considerable number of visitors who were interested in postgraduate and mature student options at DIT.
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 set up an information stand along the concourse in the Aungier Street Campus.
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.
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 2009 and Vincent 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,' he said.