Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Caroline Austin from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Caroline Austin

Associate Tax Lawyer

Irish Tax Institute

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  Caroline Austin
A common misconception about a career in tax is that it is just about numbers, however, tax law has a strong basis in legislation and case law. Therefore, it is really suitable for graduates from a legal background, or for qualified solicitors and barristers.
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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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Adults in Ireland have tens of thousands of courses to choose from. They are run in all corners of the country - so it shouldn't be difficult to find one that suits you.

Many courses offer an award on completion, and so can be classified according to the level of the award. For simplicity sake, we classify courses according to 5 Ed Zone's.

We have listed different course types based on Ed Zones to help you find a course at a level that suits you.

Ed Zone 1
All courses up to and including Junior Certificate standard (NFQ Levels 1 - 4)

Ed Zone 2
Covers Leaving Certificate and most one year Certificates (NFQ Level 5)

Ed Zone 3
Covers Advanced & Higher Certificates, typically two years of study after Leaving Cert. (NFQ Level 6)

Ed Zone 4
Mainly covers Degrees and equivalent. (NFQ Levels 7 & 8)

Ed Zone 5
Covers Postgraduate and specialist professional awards. (NFQ Levels 9 & 10)


  Hint: Failte Ireland
On the practical skills side I still have to do my Mountain Leader Assessment.  I would also like to gain more kayak and canoeing qualifications and maybe an industrial "working at height" qualification, but I would also like to improve the soft skill side of the job role and do a course in facilitation.
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