Friday, 13th September: Carlow native and aspiring motorsport videographer Des Foley was revealed as the overall winner of the Budweiser Dream Job competition at an event in The Village, Dublin last night and he can now take real steps towards kick-starting a full time dream career with a €50,000 prize fund.
Originally from Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, Des Foley and four other talented finalists were identified by the Budweiser Dream Job judges from over 1,000 applications over the summer, all of whom conveyed the passion, belief and determination required to succeed in their dream career.
Following this, over 15,000 members of the public then voted for the Dream Job finalist that most inspired them on the Budweiser Ireland Facebook page.
All five finalists undertook personal promotional campaigns over the past number of weeks with Des Foley coming out on top with over 4,000 votes. The overall prize fund of €50,000 includes a €40,000 cash prize which will allow Des the freedom to take real steps towards securing his dream job over the next 12 months. It also includes a €5,000 equipment bursary as well as practical mentoring sessions with experts in video journalism.
Des Foley commented, “Motorsport is something that I have been passionate about since a young age. I have played music; almost secured a career in motor racing and now I am capturing images and video of a sport that I love. At all times, I continue to learn from every job I do. Winning the Budweiser Dream Job will allow me to hone my video journalism skills and launch my career as a full-time photo and video journalist at motorsports events all over the world.”
The four other finalists were Limerick film director Michelle Ryan, Laois fashion designer Helen Lalor, Cork photographer Rory Coomey and Mayo artist/surfer Shane Cannon, each of whom received an equipment bursary worth €2,000 from Budweiser.
The Budweiser Dream Job judges included Dave Harris, well known Irish music mogul and Marketing Director at Universal Music Ireland, successful fashion designer and business woman, Heidi Higgins, Love/Hate actor Aoibhinn McGinnity and lead singer with band Hermitage Green and former Munster rugby star Barry Murphy.
Speaking about the Dream Job competition, Budweiser Senior Brand Manager, Colin Donnelly commented, “Budweiser Dream Job is all about inspiring people to fulfill their dreams. Des Foley and the other finalists are reflective of the talented people out there that are making steps to following their dream careers. We hope the project has inspired others to follow their passions in life.”
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