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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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Design Occupations

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Graphic designers; product, clothing and related designers (e.g. fashion designers; interior designers; furniture and textile designers)

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Part time workers: 13%
Aged over 55: 9%
Male / Female: 44 / 56%
Non-Nationals: 20%
With Third Level: 77%
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At a Glance... header image

Crafts-based 'designer-makers' create products that bring together art, form and functionality for commercial purposes.

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There are a number of different design areas. These can be grouped in the following way:  

    • Fashion and textile design (clothing, jewellery, shoes, carpets)


    • Graphic design (using illustration, print and photography to convey a message)


    • Product design (furniture, domestic appliances, cars, ceramics)


  • Interior design (homes, offices, exhibitions).

In each of these areas designers might work in industry, designing things for mass production, or on small scale projects in workshops, either on their own or with just a few other people (sometimes called designer-craftwork).  
Whatever area they work in, all designers go through similar stages in their work. The first stage therefore is to do some research to ascertain what other products are on the market, what are the best materials to use, how much will it cost to make and how easy will it be to produce?  
When they have all the information they need, the designer produces a series of drawings and rough sketches to show to the client. If these are accepted, they come up with a finished design and sometimes a working model or prototype. If the designer is working in industry these will be passed onto production staff that use them to make the finished product. Designers working on small scale projects often have to make the finished item themselves.


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As a designer, you will need to be artistic and have original ideas. Drawing skills are vital. You will also need an appreciation of colour, shape and form. In many areas of design it is important to have some technical knowledge, for example the properties of the different materials you might use.  
Good communication skills are always helpful - designers need to work with clients and other professionals. Self-employed designers will need business skills so that they can do costing and pricing, sales and marketing and book-keeping.

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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
  Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
  Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 489 3650
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Fashion & Beauty
Art, Craft & Design

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