Enrolling on a full or part-time course with Portobello Institute can lead to many progression routes.  Our past graduates have successfully progressed on to further education degree programmes or indeed moved into direct employment within their chosen sector.  Below is a guideline of possible progression routes for each of our departments.


Graduates from our Beauty Therapy courses are fully equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to begin their careers with employers such as spas,leisure centres,holistic clinics or indeed working for private clients on a freelance basis. Listed below are just some of the internationally renowned companies our graduates have gone on to work

  • ESPA
  • Molton Brown
  • Estee Lauder
  • Dermalogica
  • Guinot
  • Matis


The Fashion industry is thriving in Ireland and many of our graduates have gained immediate employment both here and overseas.  Our Fashion Buying & Merchandising and Visual Display graduates are now working with some of the best names on the high street.

  • Dunnes
  • Pennys
  • New Look
  • Topshop
  • Brown Thomas
  • Seagreen
  • House of Fraser
  • Vera Wang

Many of our makeup artists have either set up successful freelance businesses or are working with brand names such as:

  • Shisedo
  • Mac
  • Inglot
  • Benefit
  • Dior

Early Years

On complication of the Montessori part 1 and part 2 graduates are fully qualified to manage a Montessori room or open their own Montessori school.  Students have the option to progress onto the degree programme BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies which is awarded by London Metropolitan University.


Many of our full time students opt to progress onto our degree programmes.  After year 1 students can choose to complete their studies in either Sports Therapy or Sports Science & Physical Therapy.  Both of which are awarded by London Metropolitan University. 

Many students have gone on to pursue successful careers opening their own clinics.  Marten Baten who completed the Sports Therapy full time programme is enjoying a fruitful career  as a Sports Therapy and Endurance Coach. 


Our 1 year Fetac Health programmes in Pre-nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupation Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy provide the learner with a solid foundation to progress on to a degree programme.  Progression routes are;

  • Nursing - Trinity College
  • Nursing - UCD
  • Speech & Language - Trinity College

We ensure to house our Health students in excellent work placements as part of their full time programme.  Most recently students have been placed in Rotunda, St James and Hollow Street to name a few.  Recent graduates have gained full time employment in Tallaght Hospital on completion of their work placement.


Enrolling on our Business Management course is a ideal stepping stone to progress onto;

  • Business Management with Law - Waterford IT
  • International Business - Blanchardstown IT
  • Hospitality Business Management - Athlone IT

Travel & Tourism

Graduates from this course can progress to;

International Hospitality Management - Dublin Institute of Technology
Travel & Tourism Management - Tallaght IT

While recent graduates have gone directly into employment with;

  • Ryanair
  • British Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Aerlingus
  • Usit