As the new semester starts and bright young enthusiastic students pass through our doors its a good time to reflect back on past students and their time spent with us.  Aisling O'Connell was a Airline Studies student last year and as part of her course she carried out a work placement with Turkish Airlines.  Here Aisling talks about her time spent with them so far.

Shortly after starting my Airline Training Course with Portobello Institute I was lucky enough to get offered an internship position with Turkish Airlines.  The opportunity to gain firsthand experience of the airline industry with one of Europes' four star airlines was an opening I was very grateful for.

The company's head office for Ireland is based in Dublin city centre and they also have an operations team based at  Dublin Airport.  I had previously undertaken a Tourism marketing degree so I was delighted to secure a position within their marketing department.  I have always wanted to work within the airline industry and this was the opportunity to get direct experience.

My first day I was apprehensive but also very excited.  I met everyone I would be working with and they all made me feel extremely comfortable and very welcome.  There are many tasks to be completed on a daily basis.  Primarily I am involved in the marketing and advertising department, I also deal wtih customer enquiries, administration and many other office duties.

I have been working with Turkish Airlines now for three months.  This work placement has improved my knowledge of the airline industry an unbelieveable amount.  All of this would not have been achieveable if it wasn't for Portobello Institute.