It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to complete the full-time makeup artistry course at Portobello Institute but the feedback from our students is always positive and they thoroughly enjoy their year. This week we caught up with one of our recent students Ciara O’Toole to chat about her...

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        Education has never been more accessible with blended learning becoming a popular option among students. We now live in a digital age and the ways in which we learn are changing. Blended learning has been described as studying the best of both worlds, involving both a classroom and...

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        Some students find work placement daunting but once you prepare yourself it doesn’t have to be! Here are some tips in helping you to find the perfect placement for you.  Benefits of work placement Work experience provides a great opportunity to gain experience in a real working...

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        That time of year is upon us again with 120,000 students in the midst of State exams since 9.30am this morning. This is the beginning of a 3 week process so we have presented 5 short tips to help you to get to the end of exam time! Firstly, try your best to relax! Exam nerves and...

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          Pre-university courses are becoming an increasingly popular path to achieving educational goals. Essentially, these courses make qualifications possible. By undertaking a pre-university course learners can gain a foundation level of knowledge in their chosen sector, and once they...

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        Special Needs Assistants are recruited to assist in the care of pupils with additional needs in a non-teaching nature in an educational environment.  In general terms an SNA is a care and support role, working under the guidance and supervision of the class teacher. SNAs can work...

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A career working with children was always on the cards for Early Years degree student Limin.  Uprooting from her home country of China many years ago, Limin proudly calls Ireland her second home. With her love of children Limin started the early stages of her career working in the baby room in a...

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Full time make-up student Sophie Kelly is coming to the end of her year with Portobello Institute.  Here she looks back on her course and how she has changed her outlook on life. As my course draws to a close I have been reflecting over the year and how I have grown as a person and make-up artist...

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        Does the idea of retail and fashion excite you, the thought of being in charge of sourcing a selection of clothes for a shop, while being fully attentive to trends? Buying roles differ between companies but all fashion buyers are responsible for overseeing the development of a range...

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        With the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams fast approaching we have outlined 10 quick tips to help reduce any stress levels and maximum effective study. Be organised. Get all of your notes in order to avoid any wasted time. Take note. Study should involve a pen and paper. When...

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          Intensive courses allow for compressed learning covering the equivalent course content of a standard course, with face-to-face peer discussion, networking and completion in a short concentrated timeframe. Intensive study can be the perfect option for those on holidays, have busy...

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        Distance learning has become a very popular study option amongst adults with busy lives. It gives the opportunity to study while you work or attend to other commitments. Everything is central, to hand and online - tutor support, assessments, online library facilities and notes. For...

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