acousticer wrote:Why won't it be possible......because of the economic crisis we're in.......or are you saying it's because companies will search far and wide for ideas rather than hiring?!?Is it/will it not be possible to obtain a steady job in product design.....
It's partly to do with economic crisis, many companies will search for ideas, while ignoring the people who have creted them. They have established in-house designers and engineers, who can turn these ideas into products. It will be very hard to get an in-house design role, because people usually hold on to these roles for many years.
Some manufacturers don't have "in-house" designers, so they hire consultants. Consultancy work like this can be very competitive, because only the ones who will produce the best solution to a brief may go through. A good solution can include something that is as brutally specific as a project management strategy or product promotion plan.
acousticer wrote: Where are all the graduates of product design gone so....abroad?.....is there better opportunities in other countries than Ireland?...
Product design can enable you to work in many areas which may require design. For example, you can work in a management consultancy, helping to plan business strategies, by evaluating and proposing solutions, and maybe even in county council to tackle problems such as public entertainment, playground design, etc. But I have to stress that you can't get jobs like that straight after your degree. You have to pitch yourself in these areas, for example, go to trade shows, ask people questions, propose solutions in your spare time, etc. While you are at college, you will have to explore all these options.
Graduates work in many of these areas, and they sometimes bring a fresh outlook to tradidional problems.
acousticer wrote:have the course in DIT down as my third choice and I am seriously considering taking it instead of architectural technology ..but if this is the case, are you suggesting that I should maybe reconsider.....
Definitely don't reconsider this, you made a good choice. However, given the current economic climate, you'd be better off doing architecture, because
a.) its a longer course, so more time at college and more time to explore your options and think about applying them to real world
b.) Since this is a longer course, you can get more critiques and this will help you to refine your work better.
c.) longer course, so you can get student discounts to shops and hospital visits too, for one extra year
I hope you get your first choice, good luck!