Here at Portobello Institute we love to hear from past students after they graduate and find out how they are getting on.  Fashion graduate Niamh Jones completed our two year Fashion Buying & Merchandising course.  Throughout her time spent here she really stood out as an excellent student with immense drive and passion, so much so she was awarded Fashion Student of the Year in 2013.  Now working with Fashion store and online hire company Frock N' Fabulous, Niamh talks about her time spent at Portobello Institute.

My time at Portobello Institute was a great experience. I attended for two years full time studying Fashion buying & Merchandising. The course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry as a whole. My tutors were so experienced in the industry and were able to teach us things that no amount of online research or books could have done. I found the college great for setting up internships for us. My tutor organised an internship with top Irish designer Jennifer Rothwell, who I then went on to work for for a short period after leaving college.

I loved going in everyday and learning something that I had a real interest in.  I received "Creative Student of the Year" when I graduated last year which was such an achievement for me as I never thought I would have been chosen for such an award. 

Now, after leaving Portobello Institute, I am working at a designer dress and hat rental company called Frock n Fabulous. Everyday is a learning experience for me. I help with the buy in of stock each season and I style customers of ours everyday.  I also help with the marketing side of the business. I really enjoy my job and find everyday different to the last. I can see the things I was taught at Portobello be put into action everyday. My goal now is to work my way up in the fashion industry and get to a top buying position in the future. One thing my tutors thought me is that I can amount to anything once I work hard and believe I can do it myself.

If you would love to get that dream job in Fashion please contact us on  01 892 0000 to discuss the many full and part-time courses available within our Creative department.

www.portobelloinstitute.ie/creative-studies