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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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Advocacy

Advocacy

Advocacy is having your voice heard. People in society have many different perspectives on issues, and in an open society they can make these perspectives heard through advocating for their views on policies, elections or business practices.

Organisations will often focus on advocating for particular causes, for example the Irish Council for Civil Liberties promotes peoples rights and liberties, the Immigrant Council of Ireland supports the interests of recent immigrants to Ireland. Advocacy, whether by individuals or organisations, is a vital part of a functioning democracy. Advocacy approaches can range from drafting research papers, organising protests or holding education events.

Effective advocacy is a product of strategy, good organisation and patient execution. Convincing people takes time. This means there’s more to a career in the area than communications skills. A talent with research, social media, marketing, management or fundraising can all help you establish yourself in the sector.

Most advocacy isn’t performed by professionals. At their best, advocacy movements are sustained by volunteers at every level.

Occupations in Advocacy
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Charity Officer

The title applies to various roles within charity work. The number of positions and nature of charity officer roles can differ greatly depending on the size of the organisations; some large charities require charity officers specialising in specific areas, for example marketing, fundraising, finance, public relations, or project/volunteer management.

Sociologist / Social Researcher

Studies human society and social behavior by examining the groups and social institutions that people form, as well as various social, religious, political, and business organisations.

Facilitator

Plans, organises and conducts processes such as workshops, meetings, planning sessions, training sessions and seminars.

Health Educator / Promotion Officer

Also known as Health Promotion Officer. Encourages and helps people to live a healthy lifestyle and value their well-being.

PR / Public Affairs Consultant / Lobbyist

Offers political and public policy advice to a range of employers and clients.