“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel

Last Friday I received the results of my Masters in Journalism from NUI Galway.  I was a nervous wreck opening the envelope. I knew I had not failed BUT I was not convinced I had achieved the high standards I always set for myself when it comes to education.

I always despair when I see really bright students just scraping by, really talented people just doing the bare minimum to get them over the line (barely).  I am afraid that type of lazy, non committed attitude, is  abhorrent to me.  If I am going to do something, anything, then I always want to do my very very best.

Doing your very very best is a lot harder when you a mum, a wife and you have a family business to worry about.  But I wanted to do this Masters so badly and with the support of really great family and friends I got though it. However I did not just scrape through it I got the  first class honours I really longed for.

I now have two first class qualifications both earned though a lot of hard work, grit and an enormous amount of determination. To all those who believed in me and who encouraged and supported me in every possible way I say a MASSIVE THANK-YOU.

I am now turning my mind towards completing my PhD and have decided to look at the area of Luxury Branding with an Irish twist. However, I have decided not to apply for funding this year but to spend this year really working and refining my topic idea.  I want it to be the very best PhD I can possible do and right now I feel I need a little breather and to spend sometime really thinking about and researching my idea. Also I feel my family also need a little breather and a little more mammy time.

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To anyone  out there thinking about returning to education I say do it, but just don’t half commit, really throw yourself into it and BE THE VERY BEST YOU CAN BE.

I am seeking Irish luxury brands who would be interesting in being part of my research so please get in touch.

 

 

 

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About Caroline N. Duggan

Probably the best job in the world. Everyday I help millions of people access training and education for free. Passionate about brands and the psychology behind why we love some and loathe others . Part-time lecturer in Marketing Communications. Co founder of Center Jewellers. Wife, Mum, Lifelong Learner. Connecting from the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland.
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