Vogue Williams offers Irish students waiting on CAO offers advice - as she opens up on missing out on dream course at Trinity College

By Katie Gallagher

Vogue Williams urged Irish students not to worry about Leaving Cert results - opening up about how she went from missing out on her dream course in Trinity College to working in her dream job today.

The Dublin born DJ and presenter has reached the pinnacle of her career so far - after debuting as the host of Virgin Media and Fox Entertainment’s new ratings winning show, The Big Deal.

But as teens all around the country sat nervously by their phone’s on Tuesday afternoon awaiting their college offers, the model turned TV and radio host reflected on her own experience on the fateful day.

(Kyran O'Brien)

She told Irish Daily Mirror. “Oh, I did so badly in my Leaving Cert. Really badly.

“I thought I was going to go and do architecture in Trinity, but I didn't get anywhere near the points to do that,” she added laughing.

Vogue went on to do Construction Design and Management at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, before going on to do quantity surveying at DIT.

Offering words of wisdom to those in a similar position this week, the mother-of-two to Theodore, three, and Gigi, one said:

“I would say there is always a way around doing stuff."

“My stepdad found me a course in Aberdeen I was able to do with my points, and a course I really enjoyed. And then I came back and did another one in Ireland.

“Because once you have done one degree you can get early access into another one that is similar.

“There is always a way.”

The 35-year-old Howth native previously revealed that she lied to her parents about her Leaving Cert results when she discovered she got 300 points in her exams.

On reflection, the former Fade Street star now feels that there is too much pressure put on the exam system - and urged students to try not to worry too much about the result.

“To be honest, I got good grades in school and everything like that, but when it comes to an exam, and putting all of that pressure on you for one exam… when you mightn’t be feeling well one day.

“Or you might be stressed or anxious, it is a lot of pressure on one exam, so I just think people need to not worry as much.”

Gushing about her new gig on the Big Deal, she added:

“It’s huge. It is kind of what you work towards as a presenter to get a shiny floor show, I’ve done tonnes of documentaries and a lot of TV and that was my first big shiny floor show to myself. I loved it."

It comes as a significant rise in the points requirement for most third-level courses this year has been reported, with three-quarters of Level 8 courses and almost two-thirds of level 7/6 courses recording an increase.

On Tuesday afternoon, CAO issued more than 82,000 offers to more than 55,000 applicants.


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