New interactive events to be part of GMIT Open Days (Fri 23 & Sat 24 Oct)

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Press Office
Press Release

Secondary school pupils, teachers and career counsellors will find a brand new format at GMIT’s upcoming two Open Days on Friday 23 October (9.30am-12.30pm)and Saturday 24 October, with a new focus on learning and development games and activities.


This year, the Schools Liaison Office (SLO) has added new interactive events to the programme schedule, such as a Learning Games Zone, a Smart Careers Networking Challenges, plus SUSI grant clinic and CAO Options Talks.

In the Games Zone, students and their teachers can take part in a range of challenges in STEM, Business and Arts such as a Laser Grid, a Smart Car,  Design a Postcard, Mind Storms,Culinary Challenges, Real or Photoshop, and  DIY Yourself among others.


In the Smart Careers Zone, industry guests will take part in speed networking; students will have an opportunity to meet with a range of professionals including engineers, artists, designers, accountants, hotel managers, marketers, scientists and lots more. GMIT’s industry guests are offering their time and advice so that CAO applicants understand the job roles and the type of courses students need to study in order to follow a particular career path. This special open day event is open to students from Transition Year up to Leaving Certificate level.

On Friday, 23 October, a special social media workshop and a CAO information session will take place for Guidance Counsellors and teachers from 10am to 12.30pm, followed by a networking buffet lunch in the Connemara (training) Restaurant in GMIT’s College of Tourism and Arts from 12.30am to 1.30pm.


The full programme of events and activities taking place during both Open Days at the Dublin Road and Centre for Creative Arts & Media campuses, are available online at


GMIT Schools Liaison Officer (SLO), Dr Carina Ginty, says: “This is a brand new open day concept for GMIT where we have changed the focus to be a morning of interactivity and learning challenges. Participants will interact with a range of exciting games and activities while also networking with industry guests to discover their career paths and learning journeys. In addition, SUSI is on site running finance clinics and we have a range of talks and exhibits on the 75 programmes available on the CAO from GMIT."


“Due to the high level of interest in the new concept ‘Learning Development and Challenges’ events, it is essential that pupils and teachers register their school/class attendance. Bookings for the Careers Counsellors lunch and class/school attendance can be made throughcatherine.arnold@gmit.ieor  tel. 091 742423.


Visitors to the Dublin Road main campus may avail of a free shuttle bus service which will run to our Centre for the Creative Arts & Media (formerly known as the Cluain Mhuire campus) from 9.45am with the last bus returning from CCAM at 1.30pm on Friday, 23 October and 12.30pm on Saturday, 24 October.


For further information on programmes in GMIT please visits: where there are over 100 student learning experience videos.