Taster Days – What Are The Benefits?

taster daysIt can be very beneficial to gain some experience either working or studying in a field related to a chosen career path or course of study. This has been made easier with the growth in popularity of ‘Taster Days’.

What is a Taster Day?

Taster Days are events held by colleges, whereby the student gains hands-on knowledge and experience of a particular course or area of study. The students are usually shown the facilities, the type of course material they will be studying and sometimes the work of professionals who have qualified in that area of study. These events can run from one day to several, with longer events usually giving a more comprehensive flavour of the course and career prospects.

How do I find one?

Not all colleges run taster days, but many do and the best way of finding out is simply to give a call to the college you are interested in studying with and ask them if they have any scheduled. It is best to do this well in advance of the course start date as many colleges run these many months before the course begins.


Some upcoming taster days and events are listed below..

Institute of Art Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Taster Day

Running on 2nd November this day showcases a range of courses including the following;

  • Photography
  • English, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Creative Media technologies
  • Applied Psychology
  • Creative Computing
  • Entrepreneurship and Management

If you have any queries in relation to the Taster Days, please email info@iadt.ie or telephone Ruth Wilkinson on (01) 239 4400. More information on IADT Webpage

Physics Transition Week – University College Dublin

Running for 5 days from December 5th to December 9th 2016. Highlights the work of researchers, academics and clinical professionals in this field. For more info, contact Bairbre Fox on 01 7162210 or email bairbre.fox@ucd.ie

Construction Day – Limerick Institute of Technology

LIT is running a one day construction event on 13th December. More info can be obtained from Pat Gill on 061 293000 or pat.gill@lit.ie

Science Workshop Week – University College Dublin

This event consists of a number of workshops in fields such as; Plant Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, Astronomy & Space Science, Maths & Statistics and UCD BatLab Workshop. This takes place on 20th February 2017. For more info, contact Bairbre Fox on 01 7162210 or email bairbre.fox@ucd.ie

Engineers Week

This is a week long schedule of events taking place from the 4th to the 10th of March 2017 in venues throughout the country. For more information on these events, visit Engineersweek.ie

There are also a wide range of open days taking place, to view some upcoming open days, visit https://www.findacourse.ie/courses/open-days/