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A snapshot of graduate stories

Choosing a third level course can be a daunting task for every school leaver and adult learner so we have put together just some of our stories to help those to make the right decision.

We fully believe in helping learners to follow a dream or sometimes take an alternative route to success. We are delighted to share a small snapshot of just some of our student success stories across a number of our key departments to give potential learners an encouraging glimpse into choosing the right course.

Our graduates demonstrate the true importance of taking the courage to follow your dream. At Portobello Institute we have a number of key departments, ranging from one year certificate courses, through to diploma and degree courses across sport, early years, health, creative, makeup and beauty.

Conor Sheils, Sports Therapy Degree graduate followed his love for sport and shows the importance of following dreams. “Portobello Institute provided me with a high level education in the field of injuries and rehabilitation throughout my degree in sports therapy I received ongoing help and guidance from tutors and always found the content of lectures interesting and easy to follow.   After 3 years of in depth study and research I was now equipped with the tools I needed to open my own clinic, the Athletic injury rehabilitation (AIR) clinic. I run this clinic out of a well established gym in north Dublin. There are excellent facilities in place and all my clients leave satisfied and assured of any injury concerns".

Claire Byrne, Early Childhood care & education degree graduate, shows that with support and encouragement and dedicated to study achieving an honours degree is possible. “I absolutely loved every single moment in Portobello and the support was fantastic from the staff and the tutors. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their guidance and support”. Overall Claire feels that her qualification to Level 8 has absolutely helped in her early years career. “My views and my mind have been broadened considerably because of what I have learned and I can give the children a better experience.”

Nicole Bolger, Nursing graduate, and the perfect example to show there are other routes to success. For Nicole, by choosing Portobello Institute, it made her dream come true. “I completed my leaving cert in 2016. Unfortunately, I didn’t get sufficient points to achieve the higher points in CAO for Nursing. However, I felt very passionate about becoming a nurse and would do anything to make this happen so enrolling on the one year nursing course with Portobello made entry into the degree possible”. Nicole is currently completing a degree programme in nursing in UCD and is on the right track to achieving her lifelong goal.

Seana Woods, Fashion buying graduate, and journey toward becoming a fashion buyer began while living in New York when she started work as an intern at a fashion PR boutique. This gave her an important insight into the importance of brand awareness as well as giving exposure to new labels and recognising key trends for every season. Seana is now successfully working in Penney’s and confirms that “interning while studying at both Arnott's and Penney’s helped me to understand which type of buying was actually for me and confirmed where I wanted to work".

Gianluca Marangon, Montessori graduate, and a true inspiration to men wanting to work in the early years sector. Having moved to Ireland to learn the English language and while enjoying his new surroundings he began exploring things that were important to him. A re-occurring trend was to be surrounded where possible by happiness, and so his journey towards an early year’s education began after enrolling on the Montessori full-time programme at Portobello Institute.

Ciara O Toole, Makeup Artistry graduate,  through her ongoing hard work and determination was fortunate to secure a job before she finished her course in Makeup artistry.  From the age of thirteen the passion to become a makeup artist started to play on Ciara’s mind and how she could possibly make this her dream job. “From day one of the course to now I have grown so much both personally and professionally. I am confident and proud with any makeup applications I do”.    With her new-found skills Ciara hopes to move into makeup training further down the line, empowering others with her love and enviable passion for makeup artistry. “I think passion and creativity make a good makeup artist. Makeup is something you really have to be passionate about to be successful and I’d love to tutor and share my skills with others”.

There is a college and a course for every student. Research is key to finding what the right fit is for you and once you are happy with the research, it’s time to reflect, review and compare. We are running a series of open days with the next available date on Thusrday 21st June, from 5-7pm.  

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