While the current crisis may seem like we’re stuck in limbo, life will return to normal eventually, and GMIT is helping students plan for the upcoming academic year with their online Open Day experience.
With the institute closed, and the kind of crowds a normal Open Day would attract out the question this summer, GMIT has created a new online platform for prospective students and their families.
GMIT President Dr Orla Flynn says: “The Virtual Open Day is not a one-off live event, rather a micro-site that will be open 24/7, with no obligation to connect in at any specific time.”
“We invite you to browse our campuses and courses, and get advice on careers, accommodation and our range of services.”
The platform, which went live on Friday, contains information about all campuses and courses, advice and guidance for students, personal welcome videos from academics and support staff, and a special video message from Dr Flynn.
Starting from next Friday, May 1, and every Friday thereafter until the end of June, the Virtual Open Day will be complemented by live online Q&A sessions at www.gmit.ie/livechat from 2pm to 4pm.
GMIT Schools Liaison Officer Lorraine Cunningham said that they know there were disappointed parents and students who were unable to attend their Spring Open Day due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“We want to reassure you all that we are still here for you, so please do connect with us on our ‘Virtual Open Day’ any time between now and the Leaving Cert.”
While it can’t replace the experience of coming to the campus in person, it’s hoped that this virtual platform will help students get more of a feel for GMIT than just reading a pamphlet.
A unique feature of the Virtual Open Day is the “Careers Corner”, a valuable tool for any Leaving Cert student who may be unsure of their course and career choices.
It features a series of presentations that help students to discover their personality type and match it to suitable courses and careers.
GMIT Careers Officer Bridie Killoran, says “We understand that matching your personality type, interests and motivators to suitable courses will lead you towards a rewarding career.”
Normally the assessment, and follow up with a member of the Careers Office, costs €150, but for a limited time it being provided free of charge.
“We feel it is important to offer support and security to students in these challenging times,” Bridie Killoran said.
In the live Q&A chats on Friday afternoons, prospective students and their parents can get quick feedback from GMIT staff about over 120 courses on offer at the Institute of Technology.