Questions? The answers are at UTS Advisory Day

Kimberley Montgomery

Kimberley Montgomery

Sometimes you know where you're headed and sometimes it's just a question of the details, but getting the answers face-to-face is the big bonus of taking a trip to the city for UTS Advisory Day 2010.

UTS celebrates the new year by throwing open the doors of the City campus on Tuesday 5 January for the thousands of recent and non-recent school leavers who'll need to have their enrolment preferences sorted out by midnight on Wednesday 6 January.

"Perhaps the most important thing is to meet your future lecturers and ask them any questions you may have about your course, scholarships and career options," said Advisory Day organiser Alex Cadick.

"Current students will also be there to tell you about their UTS experience and you can hear how our graduates have launched their careers with a UTS degree," she said.

Current UTS students Kimberley Montgomery and Samantha Nguyen believe turning up in person to an Advisory Day made all the difference to them as they weighed up their options.

Kimberley, who is studying for a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and sub-major in Management, had already made one big decision – to opt for a business degree rather than education.

"Education was my first choice, but after a year where I travelled and worked in Europe I had time to reflect and business seemed like the better choice for me," Kimberley said.

"I came to Advisory Day mostly to suss out the options of taking languages as an elective versus doing a combined International Studies degree, but while I was here I spoke to other faculties just to make sure there wasn't another direction I should look at.

"I really wanted to be working overseas... I wanted a transferable and internationally recognised degree that could take me there."

Samantha Nguyen

By contrast, Samantha Nguyen, a Bachelor of Biotechnology and International Studies student, came to Advisory Day three years ago with just a vague idea of what career direction to pursue.

"I knew I wanted to do something in science, but as it is such a broad and complex area (medical, research, environmental, social, technology, health etc) I was stuck in a state where the more I seemed to read, the more my mind was hurting," Samantha said.

"I heard about Advisory Day through an old high school friend of mine and decided to attend. First walking into UTS I knew instantly it was the university for me. I set off to find the UTS Faculty of Science booths to speak to the academics and surprisingly friendly students that were there also.

"I remember talking to some students about forensics and the differences between each of the different branches. Moving on I spoke to the medical science people and got my verification of all the different possibilities there too.

"So much information for one day! However it cleared up a lot of unanswered questions for me and I can proudly say I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for not only Advisory Day 2007 but also Advisory Day 2008, when I decided to change my degree!"

For those like Samantha still unsure about which course to study, it will be possible to book in on the day for a 15-minute free careers counselling session with a careers counsellor.

Student information officers will also be on hand to help anyone who would like to change their preferences based on the answers they've got.

On the social side, you can take part in activities, meet some of your future classmates and find out about social events, sporting clubs, societies and scholarships.

Advisory Day 2010 is on from 9am to 4pm on Tuesday 5 January in the UTS Tower building on Broadway, a short walk from Central Station and the Railway Square bus terminus.