And while there are plenty of cowboy dating agencies out there, a reputable company can offer a job that is immensely varied and rewarding."I didn't set out to be a matchmaker but I find myself endlessly fascinated by who walks in the door and their take on the world and on love," says Kate Kennedy, senior consultant and matchmaker at Drawing Down the Moon.
"This is a hugely complex job and for me it is a totally unexpected career." Drawing Down the Moon is one of the most established dating agencies, and unlike online dating sites it provides personalised introductions.
Kennedy's normal day runs from 12noon-8pm, during which she interviews six potential members who hope to be put on the agency books.
She assesses their suitability, emotional stability, relationship history and whether or not their outlook is realistic.
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And so, just before Christmas, I meet Mairead Molloy.
The former actress with a "background in psychotherapy" started on the administration side, but quickly began interviewing potential members herself. Her background is as a photographer and a model; she then studied sociology at university and worked in adult education for 12 years.I am seeing one particular gentleman for the third date soon, watch this space” “Having come away from a relatively long marriage, I was feeling a little nervous about joining the ‘dating scene’ again.Until now, I always thought people who resort to dating agencies must be a little desperate. I have never before even been set up by friends or been on a blind date. But she's not tracking down highpowered executives for blue-chip companies or seeking top-flight managers for hot-shot start-ups.Instead she is on a mission to find men: interesting, presentable, solvent, kind, successful men - "the good genuine guys" - who are eager to start serious relationships with her roster of busy professional female clients.