Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

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Catherine Day

Secretary General

EU Careers

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  Catherine Day
I would advise them to give it a go - it doesn’t mean you have to work there long term. You must know how to speak a language other than your mother tongue reasonably well, as a good proficiency is essential. It’s also important to know and understand the cultural diversity that makes up the European Union.

Our internships are a great chance to come for a short period to determine where your interests lie and taste the experiences. Starting out your career path with the EU gives you a really good foundation of insider knowledge of how the EU works and is so useful professionally, even if you don’t plan on working there forever.

It is also important for young Irish people to consider moving to countries that are not English speaking and working for the EU would be very useful to your long term career.

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Level 8 Stage Management at The Lir

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Level 8 Stage Management at The Lir

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 

Level 8 Stage Management at The Lir

Application process for the Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at The Lir Academy has been extended

The Lir Academy are still accepting applications for the Two-year Level 8 Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre at The Lir Academy.

Applications are not through the CAO and we do not work on a points system. Students are asked to matriculate as per the requirements of Trinity College Dublin but experience, talent and attitude are more important than qualifications for all courses at The Lir Academy and exceptions can be made when students don’t quite reach the matriculation requirements. This course does however require at least six months experience either working in a theatre, on school productions, community productions, festivals, concerts or other outdoor events.

Students will be trained in stage management, lighting, sound, prop making, scenic art, wardrobe and stage design and construction. This is a practical course where learning by doing is the mantra.


Students will be trained in Stage Management as part of the Level 8 programme at The Lir


Students will be trained in Stage Lighting as part of the Level 8 programme


Students will be trained in Construction as part of the programme

Students will work on 10 productions per year, one short film and one opera brief as well as gaining experience in one of Ireland’s leading theatres.

It is an extensive course that requires commitment and dedication. Further information can be found here.

Applications need to be in by Monday 2nd May 2016.

The CareersPortal Team