Megan Young – 2017

I’ve been reflecting on the past 12 months and I thought you might like an update on my educational progress.

About this time last year, I was shown incredible generosity from the Old Wandsworthians funding scheme to help me progress in further education at the Fashion Retail Academy
(FRA) at Tottenham Court Road.

After taking two entrance exams I was offered, without an interview, 1 of 100 places to study on a fast track course. My one year course at the academy was specialising in fashion buying and merchandising and was a fantastic alternative to university – something I was not keen to do.

My Old Wandsworthians grant was for £400, which I put towards buying a new Apple laptop. This gave me an advantage on the design level of my course and benefited me in so many different ways; from taking more efficient notes in lectures, using the laptop’s design features to enhance my presentation and layouts – pushing my designs and ideas to a much more professional level and having an advantage that I could work on my files anywhere, anytime. During my 1 year at the FRA, I participated in extra course activities; I
entered an international retail competition and was selected to be one of ten finalists to represent the UK.

I attended a three-week work experience opportunity with the high street retailer House of Fraser, and a week’s work experience with the fashion brand River Island.

In September, I graduated from the FRA with 99% total grade assessment rating and gaining a distinction on every level of the course. I was also thrilled to learn that on my first employment interview I gained a job – even before I finished my course!

I have been working with the buying team of men’s footwear for River Island for almost 4 months now, I’ve been told that the professionalism of my presentation skills was a key reason why I was selected for my position. I know that my skills would not have been so impressive if it was not for the generosity and support of the Old Wandsworthians.

I would like to take this moment to say big thank you for giving me such an opportunity and for helping me to promote my skills and education to the best standards possible. The Old Wandsworthians made a huge difference and I would like to extend heartfelt thanks to you all.

I wish you all the very best in future.

Yours sincerely, Megan

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