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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while 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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This is the sector for visually creative people and those who enjoy handcrafting their own goods. Design can cover a broad range of roles, including drawing advertisements and products, or designing websites. The craft sector is made up of small companies and self-employed crafters, they apply their specific skills to create high quality goods. In contrast to industry they produce much smaller amounts of their products, but put a higher amount of care and craft, spot the name, into each piece. They may sell products themselves in markets or their own stores or export them abroad.

Skills

    design, communication, independence, leadership, researching information, time management, adaptability, attention to detail, project management, visual media, writing, creativity, managing resources, teamwork, education & training,

Key Facts

48,000
105
million euro, price of the most expensive painting by an Irish-born artist, Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucian Freud
3,923
design enterprises in Ireland in 2015
79%
of Design & Crafts Council of Ireland clients are ouside Dublin

Labour Market Information

While there are no general issues noted in the National Skills Bulletin 2018, there have been indications from Enterprise Ireland that client-companies are finding it difficult to source suitably qualified staff to work in animation. As a result, an apprenticeship for a CGI Technical Artist has been proposed.

Advice from Experts...

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Craft and Design

  • Career Opportunities 
  • Education and Training 
  • Career Advice
  • About this Sector

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Teacher & Student Resources
Teacher & Student Resources

  • Craft Career Sheets
  • Career Stories
  • School Talks / Workshops
  • Design Thinking Pilot Programme

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Designers / Craftspeople
Designers / Craftspeople

  • Current Job Vacancies 
  • Developing your Business
  • Marketing your Products
  • Enterprise Programme

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Career and Training Opportunities with...

The School of Jewellery Ireland

The School of Jewellery Ireland teaches solid foundations in the traditional skills of the Goldsmith and Jeweller with full time and part time courses available.

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National College of Art and Design - NCAD

The National College of Art and Design offers the largest range of art and design degrees in the State at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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Career Videos...

 
Jamie McCarthy-Fisher - Art Studio Manager
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Jamie McCarthy-Fisher - Art Studio Manager

 
Terry O'Brien - Woodcarver
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Terry O'Brien - Woodcarver

 
Susan Boland - Potter
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Susan Boland - Potter

 
Glenn Lucas - Woodturner
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Glenn Lucas - Woodturner

College Course Videos...

 
Design - Sligo College of Further Education
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Design - Sligo College of Further Education

 
3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art DL828 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire
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3D Design, Modelmaking and Digital Art DL828 - Institute of Art, Design and Technology Dun Laoghaire

 
Art and Design LC110 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT
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Art and Design LC110 - Limerick Institute of Technology - LIT