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.

We asked Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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Acting - D-201

This is a three-year, full-time, intensive honours degree designed to train students of exceptional talent with the skills necessary for a career as an actor in professional theatre, TV and Film industries.

The application process opens in November each year and closes in February the following year. Everyone who applies for a place on this course will get an audition.  Successful candidates will have at least one if not two further auditions.

The Lir Academy provides one day audition workshops (to assist with monologue selection) and four day audition masterclasses (to practice and perfect monologue delivery)to help students prepare. Booking these courses early is advisable.

Entry Requirements:

All courses require that the applicant meets the matriculation set out by Trinity College Dublin, i.e

To be offered a place in Trinity you must:

  • Present six subjects, three of which must be at grade C or above on higher Leaving Certificate papers or at least grade C in the University Matriculation examination

The six subjects above must include:

  • A pass in English
  • A pass in mathematics and a pass in a language other than English


  • a pass in Latin and a pass in a subject other than a language

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