There are many small and medium-sized businesses in Ireland involved in the provision of goods or services who conduct their business solely through Irish, particularly in Gaeltacht areas.
The Irish-language community appreciates dealing in their language of choice when doing business. Companies that deal mainly in English may hire a bilingual member of staff, affording them the opportunity to offer services to Irish language speakers.
Companies tend to recruit staff with qualifications, experience and technical skills relevant to their business. In addition to the required skillset, fluency in Irish is of interest to companies targeting the Irish language community.
There is a vibrant arts community here, including visual and performing arts, which are supported by Ealaín na Gaeltachta.
Career opportunities for graduates in this sector include galleries, community arts, local authorities, event management, multimedia, the public sector and European careers. Self-employment is also an option.
What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?
- Arts Administrator
- Arts agent / Promoter
- Digital Media Designer
- Film / Video Editor
- Graphic Designer
What types of courses might help?
A qualification in an art or design discipline, or in art history, arts management or the performing arts, is a distinct advantage. Many who work in the heritage sector, for example, have a relevant qualification in history, archaeology, library or archive studies, folklore, art history, museum management, education or design.
Courses that might help:
Where to go for further Information
- Ealaín Na Gaeltachta www.ealain.ie is focused on developing indigenous and contemporary arts in the Gaeltacht areas.