When should I be going to postgrad open days?

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I'm doing undergrad now and I'm in first year. I wasn't worrying about postgrad open days but then someone in the class group chat said they were already looking at postgrad days and even going to a couple in February.
I want to do education postgrad and for undergrad I spaced out all my open days over three years (high school made me go on a few) and I need to go to open days because I have a knee thing that means I sometimes need my crutch so I need to make sure I can actually get places.
Should I be doing open days now? Or is my classmate getting ahead of herself?
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I'm doing undergrad now and I'm in first year. I wasn't worrying about postgrad open days but then someone in the class group chat said they were already looking at postgrad days and even going to a couple in February.
I want to do education postgrad and for undergrad I spaced out all my open days over three years (high school made me go on a few) and I need to go to open days because I have a knee thing that means I sometimes need my crutch so I need to make sure I can actually get places.
Should I be doing open days now? Or is my classmate getting ahead of herself?
If you want to go straight from your undergrad into your postgrad, you don't need to start looking at unis until the end of your second year or start of your third year. That gives you a year to choose and apply to where you want to go. Your friend is definitely being a little too eager, as by the time she gets to her third year, she may have a whole different preference and set of priorities, so seeing univerisities now won't necessarily mean much.
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For academic postgrad courses, there's pretty much zero point in going in first year. You won't have even covered the basics of your field to have even the vaguest idea realistically of what area you want to go into. Final year would be the time you definitely want to be going if that's part of your plan, and later in your penultimate year might be reasonable as well.

Given it's for education though, that may change things (e.g. it may be better to go earlier to know what if any experience you may need/want to get in the intervening summers?). 04MR17 might be able to give some advice on education courses at the PG level...
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I want to do education postgrad
Teacher Training? Or MA Education? Or something else?
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Teacher Training? Or MA Education? Or something else?
Depends on the institution but most of the ones I'm looking at list it as a PGCE certificate however a couple say MA in Education. Sorry, I know that's not very helpful...
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Depends on the institution but most of the ones I'm looking at list it as a PGCE certificate however a couple say MA in Education. Sorry, I know that's not very helpful...
Well, obviously this is very early for you, but you do need to think about which of these courses you'd prefer to do because a PGCE is very different to an MA. MA Education is either a continuation of research in education from your undergrad studies, this is what you'd be doing to go onto a PhD with a view to have a career in research. Or MA Education is often used by mainstream teachers to give them career progression into management roles.

PGCE is teacher training. School placements, here's how to teach lessons. And at the end of the year off you go.
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Five months into an undergrad degree is not the time to be looking at postgraduate open days. It's a pointless waste of time and money for absolutely no tangible benefit.
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