Wolverhampton School of Art

First prize for employability

Grace O’Connell, BA (Hons) Fashion & Textiles graduate has won the Gold Wolverhampton Enterprise and Employability Award for the Faculty of Arts.

The Award will be presented to Grace at The Annual Employment and Volunteering Awards ceremony on 29 April 2016 at the University of Wolverhampton. The event will be hosted by Jon Elsmore, Dean of Students’ and awards will be presented to winners in various categories.

Grace achieved the WEEA Gold Award during 2014/15 and most certainly went above and beyond ‘the extra mile’ in developing her employability through the process of completing the award. 

Michael Rutley, senior lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, said: “Her studies, reports, documents and reflection showed heightened self-awareness, knowledge and understanding through engaging with the Creative Industries and Employability module (in which she achieved the excellent mark of 82%); and, she exerted enormous thought, time and effort in undertaking thorough research for her chosen career.”

Grace told us: “For this module I set up work experience for one week with a company called Luxy Accessories. I also started my work experience the Summer before this module started which enabled me to secure a part-time position while at University! This was with a company called My Bandage Dress. Since graduating they then offered me a full-time contract. Work experience and shadowing people is key to getting into the industry! Get your face and name known to people.”

Grace graduated with a First Class honours degree and also successfully completed the invaluable Speed Plus programme. She is currently working in a full time role at ‘My Bandage Dress.com’, where she is involved in both fashion design and marketing, and still hopes to launch her own business, which is all ‘ready to go’, when the time is right.

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