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Possibly useful qualities/interests:

A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.

An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.

A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.

Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.

Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.

Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.


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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At a Glance... header image

Designs, measures and cuts cloth for garments like suits shirts and overcoats.

The Work header image

Tailors produce made-to-measure, handcrafted garments to order. They also make alterations to items of clothing such as suits and overcoats. Menswear forms the largest proportion of the industry, although there is also a demand for some tailored ladies' garments.  
Tailors advise customers on the range of fabrics and styles for a particular item of clothing, and take measurements. The style is then converted onto a paper or cardboard pattern, which is used as a stencil for cutting the chosen fabric.  
The pieces of cloth are cut and usually sewn-up by hand as this produces a better finish. The tailor selects threads and needles appropriate to the fabric and uses a variety of stitches. A sewing machine may be used occasionally.  
The customer may need to have several fittings before the item is finished. Once the garment has been made-up, the tailor presses it. 

Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Fit and study garments on customers to determine required alterations.


Sew garments, using needles and thread or sewing machines.


Measure parts such as sleeves or pant legs, and mark or pin-fold alteration lines.


Take up or let down hems to shorten or lengthen garment parts such as sleeves.


Let out or take in seams in suits and other garments to improve fit.


Assemble garment parts and join parts with basting stitches, using needles and thread or sewing machines.


Remove stitches from garments to be altered, using rippers or razor blades.


Record required alterations and instructions on tags, and attach them to garments.


Examine tags on garments to determine alterations that are needed.


Fit, alter, repair, and make made-to-measure clothing, according to customers' and clothing manufacturers' specifications and fit, and applying principles of garment design, construction, and styling.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.


Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).


Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.


Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.


Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.


Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.


Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.


Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.


Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.


Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.


Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.


Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.


Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Tailoring is a highly skilled craft requiring a steady hand, attention to detail and precise working. You need to be able to follow instructions under minimum supervision. It is essential to have good eyesight. Your colour vision may be tested. A thorough knowledge of fabrics, design and shape is also important.  
Tailoring requires long periods of concentration, and is more suitable for people who do not mind working alone for much of the time. It is also useful to have some business skills, as most tailors are responsible for their own book-keeping.

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Organisation: Grafton Academy of Dress Designing
  Address: 6 Herbert Place, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 3653 / 676 7940
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Organisation: Clothing and Textile Alliance
  Address: Confederation House, 84 - 86 Lower Baggot St. Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1529
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