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 Joseph Conboy from Irish Tax Institute to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Joseph Conboy

Associate Director

Irish Tax Institute

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  Joseph Conboy
If you are looking for a career that keeps you always challenged and interested, then you really should consider a career in tax! The fact that tax is constantly changing helps keep it interesting. Every year we have a new Budget/Finance Act which introduces new tax law that we have to get on top off. So it means we are constantly learning and need to be up to date with changes as quickly as possible – that’s what our clients expect of us.
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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Introducing Craft Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship is a programme of formal education and training. It combines learning in your place of work, with learning in an education or training centre. On successful completion of a number of on-the-job and off-the-job phases of training, apprentices become recognised craftspeople in Ireland.

There are 27 Traditional Craft Apprenticeships to become a fully qualified craftsperson. Craft apprentices generally do seven phases of training - three are off-the-job and four are on-the-job.

Apprentices train on-the-job with their employer during Phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 and they also attend an educational facility for Phases 2, 4 and 6.

Details including entry requirements, training structure, where to find apprenticeship vacancies and a range of related videos, are available through the menu structure on this page.

See also SOLAS Apprenticeship website here

New/Proposed Occupational apprenticeships

In July 2015, over 20 new occupational apprenticeships were approved. These industry-led apprenticeships span the areas of: Software Development, Medical Devices, Insurance, Financial Services, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality.

Current situation [updated 22 February 2017]

Two of the new occupational apprenticeships have to date been approved, launched and opened for recruitment, bringing to 29 the total number of approved apprenticeship options now available in Ireland. Both are degree-level professional apprenticeships:

The Polymer Processing Technologist is now the third of the new occupational apprenticeships to be approved by the Apprenticeship Council.

Details of all 25 new apprenticeship areas are available through the menus on this page - See New/Proposed Occupational Apprenticeships

The remaining options are currently being developed and are awaiting formal sign-off and approval.

A further 30 apprenticeship options are also under consideration from a total of 86 possible schemes identified by the Apprenticeship Council, following the evaluation process. Details of these will be included here when they are formally announced.

Radio Interview - New opportunities for apprenticeship 

Listen to RTE radio interview [7/4/16] with Ross Nicholson, Motor Mechanic; Jessica Tallon, Wood Manufacturing Apprentice; Colm Rafferty, Trainee Toolmaker with the Air Corp and Paul O'Toole, Chief Executive SOLAS HERE