Advising plays a decisive role in the complex and articulated process of higher education of the new generations. The choice of a university course is in fact a very delicate moment in the life of a student, who has to make an informed choice in order to build his or her own life project; shortcomings in incoming guidance contribute to an increase in the number of drop-outs from studies, as well as slowing down student careers by disproportionately increasing the time needed to obtain a degree.
The main activities of the Academic and career guidance Division are carried out in support of and in close collaboration with the teachers responsible for orientation in the Department and range from the organisation of and participation in orientation meetings held at secondary schools to the organisation of educational visits to the Department, aimed at helping students in their final years of secondary school to choose a course of study, from participation in national orientation fairs, organised in various locations throughout Italy, to collaboration in the organisation of the ""Studying in Parma"" open days held annually at the University in the spring, as well as the ""From High school to University"" info days held annually in the summer, coinciding with the opening of enrolment procedures.
Each year, in May, the Department organises a presentation to CLEM students of the various Second-cycle degrees offered by the SEA Department; during this event, the ADA President presents the degree course in detail and answers questions from First-cycle degree students directly in the classroom.
Videos and slides of the ADA course presentation at the Second-cycle Degree Open Day remain on the ADA website for all prospective students.