If you’re going to attend a Careers Expo, it’s worth knowing you’ll get the most out of your time there. But if you’re stumped on what to ask the universities while you’re there, never fear. Here is a list of some of the most important questions you can ask to get all the info you need to make a confident decision.
What can I study?
This one might seem like a bit of a no-brainer. But different universities offer different courses, and what they call certain courses can differ between unis as well. Getting to know exactly what’s on offer can help you narrow down your decision, or you might even hear about a course you hadn’t considered before.
What are the entry requirements?
This is another big one. If you already know what course you want to study, it’s also worth knowing what you’ll need to achieve to get there. It’s also important to know if there are any subject prerequisites or other special entry requirements you’ll need to fulfil if you want to apply.
Can I get in early?
Feeling confident about your studies, or just want peace of mind knowing you can secure an offer before sitting exams? Heaps of universities now offer early entry programs, meaning you can apply before you’ve even finished Year 12. It’s worth knowing if the uni you’re interested in has an early entry program so you can get your application in on time.
If you want to know more about early entry, you can also take a look at our new Early Entry Guide for 2022.
What if I don’t meet the entry requirements?
It’s something we’d rather not think about, but it’s important to know what your options are if you don’t end up meeting the entry requirements for your chosen course. And not meeting the requirements doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road – the uni might have other ways of getting you into your dream course, including alternative pathways, bridging courses, adjustment factors, and more.
Where will my degree take me?
Even though graduation might seem like a distant future, it’s worth thinking about what you might be able to do with your degree when you graduate. Think about your passions and what you enjoy, as well as what you’re good at – do the careers your chosen degree leads to sound like something you’d enjoy and be good at?
Can I get a scholarship?
Scholarships aren’t just for people with great marks. Universities offer scholarships to a huge variety of people, including if you need financial assistance, live in a rural or remote area, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have experienced hardship during your school years, and more. It’s worth asking to see if there’s a scholarship out there for you.
Where can I live?
If you’re thinking about moving away to study, it’s worth knowing what your options are when it comes to accommodation. The university might have on-campus accommodation, or they might have some providers or recommendations for external accommodation.
What other opportunities are available?
Going to uni isn’t just about studying. There are plenty of other opportunities and experiences on offer as well – studying abroad, joining a club or society, or participating in an internship are just some of the other opportunities you might be able to access while at university.
Find a career expo near you
If you’re keen and ready to go to a career expo and find out what you want to know about your future, we’ve put together a list of upcoming expos, both in-person and online. You can find it here.