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Placement Available With Cuckoo Events & Safe Events, Beginning Early 2019

We've had some people approach us about their placement from college already so we figured we'd wrap our heads around what we can offer and advertise it so there's a level playing pitch for everyone.

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We've done 3 college placements in here before. We offered another one once also but didn't find anyone we felt would be the right fit for us. The 3 placements we did worked out really well, with each of the people continuing to work with us in a part-time capacity until they finished college and secured full-time roles within the industry for themselves.

We only offer placements when we know there will be work for the student coming in. You won't be just photocopying, laminating and making tea and coffee. We all do all of that in here. 

This placement will run from January to August or so. We can be flexible for the right candidate and will work around whenever you need it to be within that type of window.

What you will be doing

You will be working in a support role across a range of events, with us actively looking to give you exposure to as much as possible during your time here with us. 

In the past, placement students here have run their own events from start to finish for us. If you're up for that and if we feel you're ready, then you'll be doing the same when you're here. The best way to learn is by doing.

While you're running your own event in here, you'll have the full support and backing of the full-time Team. You won't be left high and dry with more responsibility than you want or are ready for. We all dip into one another's projects and help and advise as necessary and you will have the same available to you.

More specifically. . . 

We worked on the Liberties Festival for the very first time this year. Working closely with the client, we were responsible for everything from programming the Festival through to the delivery of all of the events. You will be working on this event for 2019 and it will adored you an insight into all key areas of event planning and management. This is a great opportunity.

If we are working on the Fleadh in Drogheda again in 2019, it is very likely you will be involved supporting the planning and delivery of that one. We all are! With a reported 500,000 people attending the 2018, you can probably imagine the amount of work we had to put in to the planning that one. 

What you'll get

If you are successful in securing a placement here with us you will:

  • Be paid. You won't be on a full-time salary but we don't want your placement with us to be costing you. 
  • Have opportunities to fill well-paid roles on a variety of events. This generally works well in augmenting the payment mentioned above.
  • Get to work alongside some experienced and dedicated event professionals.
  • Get to work in a fun office. We don't work in a corporate environment in here. We enjoy what we do and it's obvious in how we do it. 
  • Get to plan and manage events from conception through to delivery - as long as you're up for it and we feel you're capable.
  • Get to work on a range of challenging events.
  • Potentially get exposure to some international events.
  • Possibly be able to continue working with us part-time once you've returned to college.
  • Maybe get to attend some public training courses we run from time to time. 
  • Get to contribute to some industry initiatives. We like to get involved in projects that benefit the industry as a whole. We see you being involved in those during your time here. 

There may be more opportunities etc. once you're here but not everything is confirmed yet re new events etc. 

Who we want

We have a fairly good sense of the type of person that fits in well here and enjoys working with us.

  • You should be interested in variety. We work on ALL Sorts of events and we allocate resources as necessary. It's likely you'll be working on some events you enjoy more than others. That's how it goes. 
  • You should be interested in being operational on events. We are office-based when we're planning but one of the things that sets us apart from others is that we are both strategic (planning) and operational (on the ground). 
  • You should KNOW events are for you. We're not here to help you figure it out. We're here to give you opportunities to get stuck in and enjoy working on events. 
  • You should be interested in what happens BEFORE the event day. A lot of the work we do is in the planning of events. We can spend a year planning an event that lasts one or two days. That's how the industry works. You need to be interested in that part of the process too.
  • You should be happy to speak up. We want you to be confident in yourself. You're learning - we all are - but we want you to know what you know and be happy to learn the rest. Your opinion is as valid and your idea is possibly better than ours so don't be afraid to pitch it in.
  • You should be comfortable with confidentiality. A lot off what we do involves being privy to confidential information. You will likely have to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements and similar. This is part of how it all works.

We often think we know who we want and we've been regularly surprised. 

Feel free to surprise us!

What we do

Below is a snapshot of what we worked on in 2018.

We expect 2019 to be quite similar, with hopefully a few new pieces of work too. 

On some events, we plan and manage them from start to finish. On others we specifically work on the safety side of things and for others we dedicate staff resources to support a client deliver a large-scale event. It's almost like a secondment. 

We tend to find good clients and work with them in whatever capacity they need us in.

Who we are

Cuckoo Events has been in business just over 6 years now. Around 18 months ago we introduced a new brand within Cuckoo called Safe Events, under which we conduct our large-scale event planning, management and safety work. So, while we specialise in Crowd and Event Safety, there is a wide range of events on which we work as Cuckoo, where we look after the programming and content etc. too. 

You can find out more about us on www.cuckoo.ie and www.safeevents.ie

There are currently 5 of us working in here full-time. We also work with a core group of freelancers / part-time Team members, as required. 

We're far from your typical event management company or corporate environment. We enjoy ourselves at work but we get the work done. If you're looking for a traditional office environment then we're not for you.

If you're looking to take get some real-world experience in events with some of the most dedicated event professionals around then we may be a good option for you.

A little advice

Take a look around our websites over at Cuckoo Events and Safe Events. Look at the kind of work we do and see does it excite you.

Do yourself justice. If we're the right fit for you, then show us. We get unsolicited approaches for work every day of the week and when we advertise something we get a LOT of applications. You need to stand out. 

CVs and cover letters are standard. If that's the path you choose then have a read of this article we put together a while back. 

We're very picky. We trust our instincts. If we don't think you're right for us that doesn't mean you won't have a superb career in this industry. We've had people who didn't suit us that have gone on to work with high-profile event management companies here in which they fit much better than they would have with us. 

The details

The role will be normally based at our HQ on Francis Street in Dublin, 9 to 5 each day. 

The deadline for expressions of interest for this is 5pm on 28th September 2018

Please include 2019 Placement Opportunity in the subject line of your email or on the envelope etc. 

You can send whatever you want in support of your application to mark@cuckoo.ie or to the office at 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8, D08 E9F4

We will be looking to bring people in to meet with us in early in late September / early October then and hopefully offering the placement to the right person.

Good luck!

 
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