Preparing in advance about what to expect
at a UCAS fair or exhibition is key to avoiding
the grab and run or “errmm...I don’t know what
to say” conversations that we sometimes
experience as the person on the other side of
the conversation during university events.
As universities, we recognise fairs can be intimidating. A hall or exhibition venue full of students, teachers, and unfamiliar faces. If you do not know what to expect on the day, you are bound to feel even more unsettled. I would recommend doing some preparation beforehand - and following the steps below so you can help prepare in advance.
Spend some time thinking about your next steps before the event and be reassured that you do not need to go with an exact picture of what you want to study or where to study it. It might be handy to produce a shortlist of individual universities that you’re keen to speak to though.
The chances are, we have been asked the same questions hundreds of times before. It is important that you do not just lean on friends to be the designated university interviewer, as the event is a fantastic way to help build independence and ask questions that are important to you. You may wish to prepare a few conversation starters about courses, entry requirements, accommodation, facilities, location, extra opportunities, open days and whatever else that interests you and your friends!
Find a map of the event beforehand or ask a
teacher if they have resources they can share
to help gather familiarity and allow you to
prepare your trail and plan for any scheduled
talks. Some universities may provide physical
or digital prospectuses, either way, it is best
to be prepared with a strong bag and wear
You will be asked by universities if you would like to have your individual QR code scanned to keep up to date with university updates. You’ll be provided with your own individual QR code closer to the event, so please don’t worry if you don’t know what this means...yet! On the day, some find it beneficial to temporarily set this as their phone lock screen or have it easily accessible.
Most importantly, remember that these events are also meant to be enjoyable, this is one step closer to your future and a key part of your research.
After you step back on the transport home, you will likely feel worn-out from the day, but it can be good to make a quick note on which universities stood out to you. Revisit the day at your next available opportunity and continue the conversation with your friends, family and teachers if you have more questions.
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 22 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.