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A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

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Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Cinema/Theatre Attendant

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Cinema/Theatre Attendant
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€18 -  
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Last Updated: March, 2014

* 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

Cinema/theatre attendants undertake a number of tasks such as selling and checking tickets, showing members of the audience to their seats and keeping aisles and exits clear.

The Work header image

Cinema/theatre attendants check tickets, show people to their seats and answer enquiries from the public. They also handle advance bookings and sell tickets, programmes and refreshments.  
Attendants working in kiosks or licensed bars are responsible for stocking and pricing goods and cashing up at the end of the day. All duties are usually shared between a team of attendants.  
Attendants ensure public safety in the auditorium by checking that gangways and fire exits are clear. They also make sure that customers do not smoke.  
Cleaning duties also form a large part of the work. Attendants clean and tidy the auditorium, stairways, corridors, entrance areas and toilets following performances.  
Cinema/theatre attendants may be required to wear a uniform.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

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


Sell and collect admission tickets and passes from patrons at entertainment events.


Greet patrons attending entertainment events.


Examine tickets or passes to verify authenticity, using criteria such as color or date issued.


Guide patrons to exits or provide other instructions or assistance in case of emergency.


Maintain order and ensure adherence to safety rules.


Provide assistance with patrons' special needs, such as helping those with wheelchairs.


Direct patrons to restrooms, concession stands and telephones.


Refuse admittance to undesirable persons or persons without tickets or passes.


Settle seating disputes or help solve other customer concerns.


Assist patrons in finding seats, lighting the way with flashlights, if necessary.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


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


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


Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.


Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


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


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.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


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

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Sales and Marketing:  Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.


Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skillsheader image

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


Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.


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


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


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


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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.


Persuasion:   Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


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


Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You need a polite and helpful manner when dealing with customers. Tact and a fairly strong personality are also helpful when dealing with the occasional awkward customer. Reasonable stamina is important as a lot of the time is spent standing. A smart and neat appearance is necessary.  
You need to be able to work well in a team. You will also need to be adaptable and flexible as staff are frequently moved from one duty to another, especially in smaller cinemas or theatres. You should be able to handle money and work out change.

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Go..Cinema Projectionist - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
  Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
  Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: Abbey Theatre
  Address: 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 887 2200
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