WIT expands number of Try WIT events for secondary students

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Try events are an example of how WIT puts a focus on helping students make the right decision for them, says Vice President for Academic Affairs

Second level students will have the opportunity to try out areas they interested in studying at third level as part of workshops and events on offer at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in the coming months.

From the original ‘Try Nursing’ which runs over two days to a short taster in Theatre Studies, an option on the BSC (Hons) Arts degree at WIT, the Try WIT offering has expanded considerably for 2019/2020.

The 15 confirmed events include: Try Music, Try Computers, Try Nursing, Try Architecture, Leaving Cert Music Day, Try Law, Try Business, Try Engineering Technology, Try Sport, Try Art, Try Social Sciences, Try Hotel, Try Languages, Try Theatre Studies.

Popularity of events

WIT has increased the number and breadth of Try events from six in the previous year due to their popularity. Try Nursing, Try Sport, Try Music and Try Business are the longest-running and lecturers directly involved say they help students to confirm their choices.

WIT Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Derek O’Byrne, says the Try Events are an example of how the institute puts a focus on helping students make the right decision for them.

“Our right student, right programme ethos has been growing in many ways over the years. Widening the breadth of Try events means that prospective students get to experience what it is like to actually study a certain discipline.”

He says that in addition to finding out what they do like, students can quickly discover that they’re dream career or area of study is not what they expected.

“Try events are ideal for students who are unsure what an interesting area of study entails, or want to have confidence in their first choice or dream course. Finding yourself on the wrong course as a first year student is a painful experience. Initiatives such as our Try events, on top of open days, and helplines are just some of the ways we help students have a better chance they are going to embrace the area of study they choose.”

Time to choose

The Try events are part of WIT’s initiatives to meet third level students’ need for time and space to decide on the career path for them, combined with a modern set of courses that meet the requirements of employers in Ireland and abroad. As well as Try events, students can also choose common entry courses.

Dr O’Byrne says “Helping students making the right choice for them is something we care strongly about at WIT.” These initiatives have been recognised by the institute’s 7th place ranking in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 published on 4 November 2018.

Last year WIT was placed as the top institute of technology in the annual ranking, and in 7th place overall among 21 higher education institutes, up from 12th place the previous year. Try WIT events are open for application at www.wit.ie/trywit.


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