Louise Pallas, a buyer for Ransoms Garden Centre, Jersey, did not know just how life-changing the Oxford Summer School would be. She now feels more confident, assertive and comfortable in her role and believes that she is driving her business forward.
I found out about the scholarship programme through the owner of the garden centre who believed I would benefit from the course. I do not think I fully appreciated what I was about to become involved in when I applied for the scholarship.
I liked the way the course was put together from the outset. When we arrived we were treated so well and encouraged to learn in a great environment.
I learnt so much about myself and how I work. I was able to look at how I ran my area within my department and make changes such as restructuring my team, re-organising displays and changing the way I order products.
Since the course I feel I manage my team better, am more professional and have more confidence. It also gave me the tools I needed to bring my ideas together and then make significant changes to the way I work.
I would recommend this course to anyone who works in retail. The opportunity to experience meeting the best in the business and learning from them is something I will never forget. I am grateful I was given the opportunity I never imaged I would have had.”