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Success Stories: Fashion Buying graduates

We are delighted to share just some of our fashion buying graduate stories to give potential learners an encouraging glimpse into the exciting world of fashion buying.  From completing a fashion buying course through to landing the perfect job, this article shows the true importance of taking the courage to follow your dream.

Elaine Culhane, from a very young age was largely influenced by her mum’s keen interest in and love of fashion. Together with her own early retail experience working in Brown Thomas, it was the beginning of her love for fashion. “I chose the fashion buying course at Portobello Institute as I knew it was a reputable college and that tutors are best in class with many years experience in the fashion industry themselves.”

Simon Cullen had a real focus of the importance of completing an internship while studying and recommends that students should really commit themselves to internships or any opportunities that come up while studying as the experience is invaluable. "I was offered an internship with BESTSELLER for 6 months which was amazing which resulted in a full time job for me!" 

Ian Heffernan completed the part time fashion buying and merchandising course and found the college experience to be great. “We were a very small class and so I felt like we got a great deal of attention from our tutors. This led to a great learning environment encouraging discussions about numerous key topics.”  Whilst work experience was not compulsory, an incredible opportunity arose for him through Portobello Institute where he was offered a placement at Harvey Nichols and this is where he is now working.

Sinead Frew  has been very successful in her goal, securing a dream job as a Buying Assistant in the Brown Thomas Head Office. “An opportunity that would not have been available without the help and advice I received from the experienced course co-ordinators at Portobello institute. “Overall, I feel that the course has provided me with key learning’s that I will carry throughout my career”.

Seana Woods journey 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".

Megan Gallagher always knew she wanted to work in the fashion industry, “I grew up in a family business and my Mum was a fashion designer specialising in wedding and occasion wear design so I spent my childhood behind the counter learning the trade. I moved to Dublin from Donegal in a mission to pursue my fashion buying career”.

The programmes offered by Portobello Institute are as creative, unique and individual as the students who study them and offer the right qualifications, vital industry links and the right employment opportunities. In full support of preparing students to undertake a variety of roles within the fashion industry we offerpart-time rolling courses and fashion modules through to full-time programmes.

For full details and to go through your options please contact Jenny on 01 8920007 or email jenny.cosgrave@portobelloinstitute.ie 

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