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Enterprising

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.

Sectors
Source: National Skills Bulletin

About

This is the sector for visually creative people and those who enjoy handcrafting their own goods. Design can cover a broad range of roles, including drawing advertisements and products, or designing websites. The craft sector is made up of small companies and self-employed crafters, they apply their specific skills to create high quality goods. In contrast to industry they produce much smaller amounts of their products, but put a higher amount of care and craft, spot the name, into each piece. They may sell products themselves in markets or their own stores or export them abroad.

Skills

    design, communication, independence, leadership, researching information, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, project management, visual media, writing, creativity, managing resources, teamwork, education & training,

Key Facts

48,000
105
million euro, price of the most expensive painting by an Irish-born artist, Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud
3,923
design enterprises in Ireland in 2015
79%
of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland clients are ouside Dublin

Labour Market Information

While there are no general issues noted in the National Skills Bulletin 2018, there have been indications from Enterprise Ireland that client-companies are finding it difficult to source suitably qualified staff to work in animation. As a result, an apprenticeship for a CGI Technical Artist has been proposed.

Advice from Experts...

If you want to know more about working in the in the sector, hear what the experts have to say.

Craft and Design

  • Career Opportunities 
  • Education and Training 
  • Advice
  • About this Sector

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Teacher & Student Resources
Teacher & Student Resources

  • Career Sheets
  • Education Panel
  • Design Thinking Pilot Programme
  • Career Stories

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Designers / Craftspeople
Designers / Craftspeople

  • Current Job Vacancies 
  • Developing your Business
  • Marketing your Products
  • Enterprise Programme

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Career and Training Opportunities with...

National College of Art and Design - NCAD

The National College of Art and Design occupies a unique position in art and design education in Ireland. It offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Career Interview Videos...

Ray Power - Potter
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Ray Power - Potter

Barry Doyle - Jeweller
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Barry Doyle - Jeweller

Margaret Reilly - Wood Manufacturing / Finisher
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Margaret Reilly - Wood Manufacturing / Finisher

Heather De Lacy - Candle Maker
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Heather De Lacy - Candle Maker

College Course Videos...

Design LY408 - Letterkenny IT
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Design LY408 - Letterkenny IT

School of Design  - National College of Art and Design - NCAD
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School of Design - National College of Art and Design - NCAD

Interior Design  - Sligo College of Further Education
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Interior Design - Sligo College of Further Education