When thinking about this article, I started with
how I made my choices. It was a fair few years
ago, but there are key things that still stick in my
mind. I’m sure that you too can think of a few
things that influenced your decision.
Of course, we all had very different factors that were important to us. Years later, would we still follow the same list? Seventeen-year- old me was convinced that being an extra on Hollyoaks was top of my list!
Until I started to visit open days, I thought my mind was made up. But then I started to look at other factors – including location, course and module choices and grade requirements. As I visited different universities these factors kept changing and I started to compare them against each other. Ultimately, my decision came down to a gut feeling can I see myself living and studying here?
The most important thing to remember when
supporting students at pre and post offer stage
is that each student will have different things
that are important to them. Of course, students
should get advice from parents and carers,
friends and their school or college, but make
sure that their list is personal to them.
They can start with a long list, which can help when initially researching universities, and then ask questions at both face-to-face and virtual events. As students find out answers to their questions, this list will start to change and help create a list of potential choices. I used different post-it notes with factors on that I could move around and group together depending on which became the most important.
Now that things are starting to return to some
sense of normality, encourage students to grab
this opportunity with both hands (and feet).
Have resources available to help students
find when open days are, such as a map of
universities with QR codes that link to open day
Open days are the best way to get a feel for a university and can naturally help students to select their choices. Applicant specific events, as well as engaging with university communications and social media channels, can then help students to pick their firm and insurance choices.
We know that choosing a path for higher education is one of the hardest decisions students make and there is no one size fits all guide. My best advice is to have multiple resources available for your students, such as videos, prospectuses, careers/higher education fairs as well as drop-in sessions.
Each student will be different of course, but starting their research as soon as possible will be very beneficial for them all.
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by Jon Cheek
posted on 6 Feb '23
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by Erin Wilson
posted on 6 Feb '23
University is a big decision and one that students may have been re-evaluating during and since the pandemic. The deadlines, the time commitments, the money – is it all worth it?! This blog will tell you why it may be.