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Being a self-employed artist is probably the most difficult job really. You need to be highly motivated in the tasks you set for yourself. You need to be able to work on your inspirations and be totally focused on your targets. If your painting does not work first time you need to be able to learn from your experience and use what worked in another piece. Your ability to have confidence in your journey exploring your choice of subjects in paint is important. As regards doing workshops, bringing fun into the entire effort is the most important element to achieve. Your audiences will learn in a more sustainable way and produce drawings to be proud of.

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15 New Jobs with Iconic Translation

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15 New Jobs with Iconic Translation

Thursday, July 23, 2015 

15 New Jobs with Iconic Translation

Irish translation software company Iconic Translation is to create 15 jobs at its Dublin headquarters after it raised €400,000 in seed funding.

The new jobs, which are expected to be filled by the end of next year, will bring the total number of staff to 25.

Iconic Translation provides cloud-based translation solutions to language service and translation companies. The new roles will be primarily highly technical, with Iconic seeking machine translation specialists and software engineers, but it is also looking for sales and marketing candidates.

Iconic’s flagship product, which uses proprietary technology developed from years of research at DCU’s CNGL Centre, automates the translation of intellectual property documents, and has been a success for the firm. The company is now planning to expand in a number of sectors, including the financial services and life sciences.

Chief executive Dr John Tinsley said the announcement signalled the firm’s ambitious growth plans. “Our team of experts has created machine translation solutions for content which had been considered too technical and challenging for automated translation. “We are excited about the strong growth we have already achieved in delivering translation technology to the very complex intellectual property and financial services sectors.” Among the users of its product is Welocalize, a top global language service providers that uses the translation automation service in its US and China offices.

The news of the expansion was welcomed by Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English. “Iconic is a highly innovative young Irish company and an excellent case study of how Ireland’s start-up eco system can help companies grow and develop, from the initial concept stage right through to becoming a commercial reality,” he said. Iconic raised the €400,000 seed funding from a number of investors, including Enterprise Ireland, and business angel investment from Bloom Equity and the Boole Investment Syndicate through the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN).


The CareersPortal Team