A careers market - like an open day, fair or expo - is a great chance to talk to university and industry reps and get a clearer idea of your future study plans. So it's important to know the right questions to ask.

Here's our top 9 questions to ask at every event.

What can I study?
Seems like a no-brainer, but course names vary from uni to uni, and college to college. For example if you are interested in a career in business, this may be called ‘commerce’ or ‘business administration’, depending on who you’re speaking to. Take the time to outline your interests or career plan to the university rep, and see what they identify. 

Do I meet the entry requirements?
Most of the time, you can get into a degree with an appropriate ATAR or IB. Apart from our Education degrees, UOW courses do not have prerequisite subjects. However, there are recommended subjects: if you haven’t studied those subjects in your final year of high school you may find the degree difficult. Other universities may have HSC prerequisites to get into certain degrees—make sure you check. 

Is the degree industry accredited?
An industry-accredited degree will give you a clear advantage when applying for jobs. If you have a specific career in mind—like being a psychologist or dietitian—ask if it involves any further study or industry experience before you’re fully qualified.


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What if I don’t get the ATAR or IB I need? What are my options?

Besides studying hard, ask if there are other degrees in the same study area you may qualify for, and if you can transfer from one degree to another (e.g. business to law). Ask about bonus point entry programs—UOW offers bonus ATAR points for doing well in relevant subjects and to students from local and regional schools. You should also look into UOW College for a guaranteed pathway into UOW. 

Can I get in early?
UOW’s Early Admission program gives you a chance to secure a place at UOW before you sit the HSC with a formal offer provided in the UAC December Round. Early entry program details will vary significantly from one uni to the next, so be sure to get as much information as you can. 

What job prospects will I have?
It’s important to know what careers will be in demand in the future and what job-seeking assistance the uni provides—like UOW’s Careers Central workshops and work integrated subjects. While you’re at it, ask what practical learning opportunities (job placements, work experience, internships, etc.) are available. The more hands-on experience you get, the better prepared you’ll be.


Are there scholarships available?
Which ones are available to students starting their degree? Which ones are for regional students, high achievers or students experiencing hardship? Also ask about selection criteria—not all scholarships and grants are awarded for academic excellence. UOW also offers a range of scholarships for community service, relocating to study and overcoming unfair disadvantage.

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Can I study overseas?
Overseas experience is invaluable. Ask unis if any of their degrees offer international study options? How many international partner universities do they have (we have 170), and in which countries? Some unis might offer international internships as well. Ask the UOW rep about our study abroad grants to help cover the costs.


Where will I live? 
If you’re looking for uni accommodation: is it catered? Is it on-campus or off-campus, and if it’s off, how do you get to class? What kind of student community activities can you get involved in? When do you have to apply and how much is it? Finding the right place can be stressful, so be sure to speak to a UOW rep about our Accommodation Guarantee to take the pressure off.


Now you're armed with all your questions, be sure to check out all the careers markets UOW is attending across NSW and ACT, including UOW Open Day 2016.