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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.

Career Opportunities

There is a diverse range of careers in craft and design which are equally challenging, innovative and fulfilling. A wide range of options are open to you by simply following your desire to express yourself through your skills and creativity.

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Career Opportunities
Qualifications Required

There are a number of routes to becoming a highly skilled craftsperson or designer.

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Qualifications Required
Career Advice for the Design Sector

It is advisable to get experience where you can. Try volunteering, maybe think about an internship or other work experience to give you a taste of the area you feel you might be interested in.

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Posted by Design & Crafts Council of Ireland

In This Sector...

National College of Art and Design - NCAD
Studying Art at 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...

David Morgan - Carpenter
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David Morgan - Carpenter

Terry O'Brien - Woodcarver
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Terry O'Brien - Woodcarver

Philip Cushen - Woollen Mill Owner
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Philip Cushen - Woollen Mill Owner

Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh - Artist
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Sinead Ni Mhaonaigh - Artist

College Course Videos...

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

Art & Design  - Galway Technical Institute
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Art & Design - Galway Technical Institute

Visual Artist Graduate, Aideen Barry - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT
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Visual Artist Graduate, Aideen Barry - Galway Mayo Institute of Technology - GMIT