Co Wexford student Denise chose studying Retail Management in Waterford over Dublin as it was closer to home and more practical in the long run
Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) student Denise Brophy has just completed her third year in the Bachelor of Science in Retail Management.
Former student at Coláiste Bride secondary school in Enniscorthy, Denise chose the Retail Management course in WIT to follow her dream to work in retail management at an international level.
For the summer she is working full time as a personal stylist in La Crème Boutique in Gorey, implementing what she has learned in her Retail Management course during the year. She also writes a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog, 'Holy Chic' which can be found at holychic2015.wordpress.com putting into practice modules such as Enterprise and Brand Management.
She explains her decision to study retail management: “I had been working in fashion retail for four years previous to making the decision to go to college, including running my own designer dress hire boutique 'Glitterati Boutique' but I realised that to get to the level I wanted to get to in the industry, I needed the backing of a college degree.”
Denise knew she had the opportunity to study the same course in Dublin, but decided against it, WIT, she said, was closer to home and more practical in the long run. “The college was also more appealing as it seemed more welcoming and close knit.”
“Being only an hour from home meant it's no big deal to come home as I pleased and with so many students coming to WIT from Wexford, it meant sharing a lift was never a problem. It’s so easy, I come home at the weekends to work and see my family, and get the washing done!”
“Being only an hour from home meant it's no big deal to come home as I pleased and with so many students coming to WIT from Wexford, it meant sharing lifts was never a problem. Living in the same house in Waterford for 2 years saw people come and go as they finished their courses, went to study abroad or worked at home for placement so that interaction with different personalities helped me to grow as a person. You also have to manage a household and pay bills on time and for a lot of people this is their first time handling such responsibility so it's a great learning curve. From September I will be on work placement and then intend to commute for my last semester in 2017, so that will be a new experience and I will make a big saving financially as compared to renting accommodation in Waterford, not to mention being more focused on the academics in my final year," she continues.
When offering advice to students preparing for college in September, Denise says, “Don't worry about where you're going to college, it's your results at the end of it all that will speak volumes, and if you study what you genuinely love, it won't feel like hard work. I was shocked to find out that my first year results found me a place on the Dean’s List, meaning that I was in the top 5% of the WIT Business School and now I'm proud to say that my achievements were recognised by WIT.”