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What are your interests?



Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

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The Crafts Industry

The Crafts Industry

Craft is a vibrant sector in the Irish economy and one that’s greatly valued for what it adds to Irish life.

Craft goods are those made by hand or with tools, but with minimal heavy automated machinery. This means craft businesses are generally small scale and those who work for them are highly skilled in their trade. Common craft goods include pottery, textiles, jewellery, glass, woodcarvings and prints.

The Irish craft sector is diverse, existing right throughout the country rather than clustering in one or two locations as with many other industries. Many craft businesses are based in rural areas, providing valuable sources of employment and economic activity.

Craft products are particularly appealing to tourists, with the tourism industry and craft industry offering each other mutual support.

As craft businesses operate on such a small scale, those running the show will often find themselves calling out a broad set of skills. Sales skills will be needed for selling their work, marketing ability to promote exhibitions and products plus management talent to keep the staff focused. Work experience with an established craftsperson or craft business is a good way to get on the path to a career in the sector.