Do Ghairm le Gaeilge / Your Career with Irish

Essential guide for any graduate looking to use the 'cupla focal' as part of their work.

Put your Irish to work with Do Ghairm le Gaeilge / Your Career with Irish, a bilingual careers guide launched recently which provides an insight into the many careers opportunities out there using the Irish language.  Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer, was part of an editorial team from IoTs and universities around Ireland who produced this useful guide.  The publication gives an overview of the various sectors in which fluency in Irish is an advantage and, in many cases, a requirement.  These include arts and heritage, the media, public and private sector employment, ICT, as well as the better known areas of teaching and translation.

With companies such as Facebook recently offering social networking and translation to Irish, more and more private sector organisations are keen to gain competitive advantage by using the Irish language.  Examples include Samsung, who developed the first ever texting service through Irish; Microsoft, who have developed Irish language software products; and Accenture, an international consultancy firm, who designed the bilingual revenue.ie website.  There is a growing demand in voluntary and public sectors for accountants, solicitors, marketeers and graphic designers who speak Irish.

Furthermore, over 600 public sector bodies are covered by the Official Languages Act (2003) which requires these organisations to provide certain services through the medium of Irish.  Public organisations in which Irish Language Officers are now employed include third level educational institutions, local authorities, and other semi-state bodies.  These officers often combine their Irish language responsibilities with marketing/public affairs as well.  There are campaigns for a specific Irish language act to be introduced in Northern Ireland.   

Irish became an official working language of the EU in 2005 and is one of the minority languages being promoted, not just within the European Parliament but within higher education institutions in the EU and in colleges across the United States, through the support of the Fulbright Commission and in Canada through the support of the Ireland Canada University Foundation.  

Launching the guide, Deputy Chief Executive of TG4, Pádhraic Ó Ciardha, commented, “The Irish language television production sector reflects the wide variety of jobs available for Irish speaking graduates – not only as presenters and scriptwriters, but also as project managers, translators, camera staff, editors and graphic designers.”

The guide’s user-friendly format comprises well-researched information, case studies, web resources, and valuable hints and tips for students and graduates.  To get your free copy of Do Ghairm le Gaeilge / Your Career with Irish go to the LYIT Careers Office.

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT


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