How I Got My Job: Debs Dress Boutique Owner Rachel

Rachel supplies everything from custom debs dresses to wedding gowns.

When you’re in school, it’s super hard to have to decide on your future career. There’s already hours of homework and study and you’ll soon be making decisions about college courses and what to do after school. At KISS we’re chatting to people in different industries about how they’ve landed their dream role, what they actually do, and their advice to you. This week, we’re chatting to boutique owner Rachel Benson.

Rachel is the founder and owner of boutique owner Glowing Girlies. Rachel chatted all about her journey to owning her own business.

Can you describe what your general day at work looks like?
A general day is run by private appointments with clients. In between all these appointments, I place orders for dresses from these appointments or online orders. Custom dresses take 6 to 8 weeks but if you’ve left your order a little late, off the rack takes half the time. I also manage all the admin and social media!

How did you decide on this type of career?
It’s always been a dream of mine to own a bridal store. I started with debs dresses as it was easier to get into but I will finally get my bridal range in too and I will have my dream job.

What did you study in college? 
I actually studied childcare after school, then trained as a beautician. Neither of which were for me. I then worked for years in retail, where I was able to grow my experience to become a boutique owner.

What are the ups and downs of the role?
The downs are the fact that you never get to switch off. I am sometimes replying to customers at midnight! The ups are I can work my job around my life.

What advice would you give to a student looking to get into your line of work?
Experience is very important. Books can teach you a lot but dealing with people is a skill that not only needs to be mastered, but it also needs to be worked on every day or you will never stop learning from it.

Find the boutique on Instagram @glowinggirliesboutique.


By Sadhbh Pearse