Why you should bring your teen to a university Open Day

Mother and daughter at Open Day

The step from high school to university is a big one and, while many teens will tell you they’re fine, even the most excited student is likely to have a few nerves.

And you, as their parent, probably have a few nerves of your own – not to mention a million questions.

That’s why attending Murdoch Open Day on 28 July is a great opportunity for both parents and students. Not only will it calm any feelings of worry or stress, you’ll get a few answers, too.

Open Day is a chance to immerse yourself in campus life for a day – to see and experience a university campus, check out all the facilities and chat to academics and lecturers about all the courses, career advice and scholarships on offer.

Better understand the teenage brain

Open Day is also an opportunity to learn from experts.  Murdoch has assembled top professionals for fascinating free talks designed for parents of students taking ATAR courses.

Surviving the stress of high school and understanding the teenage brain.

Psychologist Dr Charlotte Keating shares strategies to help young people manage one of the most stressful years of their life and she does it with compassion and optimism. With a PhD in neuroscience, Dr Keating has deep insight into how the teenage brain works. She helps parents with the big issues like getting the best results from studying, how to deal with the perfection trap, and what you can do to support an independent teen. Dr Keating reveals how children and parents can find balance as they cope with the stress and anxiety of teenage years. (11:15am in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre.)

Six steps to start-up: an entrepreneur’s guide.

Jeremy Chetty is a Murdoch business alumnus, Co-Founder of Student Edge, and Entrepreneur in Residence of our innovation hub, Launchpad. He’s also launched his own business and is sharing his experiences of becoming a successful technology entrepreneur. If your child has unrealistic expectations about career planning, this talk outlines how much effort goes into tech innovation and provides practical advice (or a reality check for your dreamers).  (11:30am and 2:30pm in the Geoffrey Bolton Library Foyer.)

Future careers and how to enhance your employability.

Join a panel of Murdoch academics, careers and employment experts and current students to hear about the rapidly changing world of work and how it’s impacting your teen’s career prospects. The opportunities facing them are different than ever before but so is the job market. If you’re worried about poor academic performance in high school, you may discover your child is perfectly suited to the new way of working. You’ll come away from this talk with five practical tips to help your child thrive in the new career landscape and learn how Murdoch prepares its students for the future world of work. (1:15pm in the Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre.)

You’ll find more information about the talks, here.

Enjoy a day on campus

The University is always a vibrant place with a huge range of activities taking place on any given day. We go the extra mile on Open Day to help future students imagine what life is like while studying with us. We expect them to leave feeling excited about the opportunity to think differently and explore careers they may not have considered. Parents will gain a sense of confidence about their child’s ability to find their place in the larger university community and experience for themselves the tranquillity of the campus environment.

Take a tour

Explore the campus with a hop-on hop-off tram tour. Check out Bush Court, our lecture theatres, the Student Hub, and various departments – including Engineering, Nursing, Vet and Life Sciences, Law, and Media.

Be entertained

A full entertainment program is scheduled for Open Day, designed especially for teens. Your child can get a sneak preview of our September music festival at the Sound On Festival Tent with a silent disco, glitter bar and more. The Think Generator will be on hand to give them an ingenious way to help determine what areas of study would suit them best, or they can hang out in Lower Bush Court and try making their own mug, play board games, or try rock painting. 

Save the date: explore your future at our Open Day on Sunday 26 July 2020

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9 Jul 2019

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