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Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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Production Manager - Film

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€25k > 60 
Production Manager TV/Film
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€25 - 60 
Related Information:
Entrants: 25 - 35
Established: 40 - 60
Data Source(s):
FAS

Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Works with a producer supervising and managing the production of a film, television or theatrical productions.


The Work header image

The work of the Production Manager involves breaking down the script scene by scene with the Assistant Director in order to determine the production schedule.  
 
The Production Manager is involved in preparing the production budget. This entails consulting with heads of department (Art, Lighting, Construction, etc.) to estimate the resources needed through all stages of the production process and ensuring all needs are covered in the budget.  
 
The Production Manager assesses the crew requirements and is involved in selecting the crew and negotiating and agreeing rates of pay and conditions of employment with the unions. He/she oversees the search for locations and the liaison with local authorities and Gardai in relation to use of public property.  
 
The Production Manager selects production facilities for which he/she negotiates and agrees payment and would also negotiate and agree terms and contracts with casting agencies. The work includes overseeing production paperwork, such as daily progress reports, and determining if the production schedule and budgets are on target. The Production Manager manages the progress of the production on a day- to-day basis, maintaining a presence in the office as well as on set and appraises the Producer of progress.  
 
The Production Manager is also involved in preparing weekly cost reports with the Production Accountant. He/she makes necessary changes to the schedule and budget as required, ensuring all relevant personnel are made aware of changes.  
 
The Production Manager deals with any personnel problems or issues that may arise and ensures that all health and safety regulations are adhered to. Arranging a "wrap-up" of the production is also a responsibility of the position. This involves ensuring all final invoices for services provided are received, checked and passed for payment; overseeing that all locations used are "signed off" in accordance with agreements and all rental agreements are terminated. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Supervise and assign duties to workers engaged in technical control and production of radio and television programs.

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Monitor broadcasts to ensure that programs conform to station or network policies and regulations.

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Observe pictures through monitors, and direct camera and video staff concerning shading and composition.

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Act as liaisons between engineering and production departments.

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Test equipment to ensure proper operation.

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Schedule use of studio and editing facilities for producers and engineering and maintenance staff.

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Train workers in use of equipment such as switchers, cameras, monitors, microphones, and lights.

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Confer with operations directors to formulate and maintain fair and attainable technical policies for programs.

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Discuss filter options, lens choices, and the visual effects of objects being filmed with photography directors and video operators.

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Follow instructions from production managers and directors during productions, such as commands for camera cuts, effects, graphics, and takes.

Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Management of Personnel Resources:   Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported Work Activities in this occupation.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:  Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Personal Qualitiesheader image

The Production Manager needs to be hard working and efficient with good communication and organisational skills.


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Contactsheader image

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Organisation: Irish Film and Television Network
  Address: First Floor, Palmerstown Centre, Kennelsfort Road, Dublin 20
  Tel: 01 6200811
  Email: info@iftn.ie
  Url www.iftn.ie
   

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Organisation: SIPTU (Film & Entertainment Branch)
  Address: Liberty Hall, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 6412
  Email: film.entertainment@siptu.ie
  Url www.siptu.ie
   


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This occupation is popular with people who have the following career interests...

Enterprising  Administrative  Creative 

...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Entertainment & Performing Arts

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