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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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Career opportunities with Gaeilge in Computers & ICT

There are many small and medium-sized businesses involved in the provision of goods or services, who conduct their business solely through Irish, particularly in Gaeltacht areas.

It is important to the Irish-language community to be able to do business in their language of choice. Companies that deal mainly in English may hire a bilingual member of staff to enable them to offer services to Irish language speakers.

Companies tend to recruit staff with qualifications, experience and technical skills relevant to their business. In addition to the required skillset, fluency in Irish is valuable to companies targeting the Irish language community.

Certain IT companies are engaged in the development of software and technologies unique to Irish language users – examples include spelling and grammar checkers; interactive personal assistants on Smartphones e.g. iPhone’s Siri, web search engines and synthetic speech devices used in-car navigations systems that require:

  • Language technology and localisation
  • The production of digitised Irish language content
  • The development of Irish language learning tools

Mobile and computer technology is a growing area with roles for those with IT and multimedia skills and a knowledge of Irish. There are opportunities to develop further services through Irish such as:

  • Irish language apps
  • Computer software products with the option of an Irish-language Interface: KDE, Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, LibreOffice.org, Microsoft Windows and Gmail

Vbulletin is a popular software for hosting online chat forums, has an Irish language option.

Users can learn how to code through the medium of the Irish language using Code.org and Scratch (scratch.mit.edu).

What are the main occupations where Irish may be used?

Occupations associated with this sector include:

What types of courses might help?

Undergraduate Courses:

A blend of technical skills and language fluency is the ideal combination for career opportunities in this area.

Where to go for further Information

Teic na Gael - The home of Teicneolaíocht and Gaeilge online.