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

Edel Butler

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Irish Tax Institute

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Edel Butler
I think a career in tax is very rewarding and is an enjoyable career. There are a varied number of jobs which are available to someone with a tax qualification, including private practice, industry, Revenue, lecturing etc. The role of a tax adviser in practice or indeed within Revenue is, in my experience, extremely varied and challenging.

I would advise college students who are considering a career in tax to look into placements offered by their colleges / summer internships. I know from my time spent in private practice that a great number of the bigger accountancy / tax practice offer such positions to college students. This is a great way for such students to get a feel for what a career in tax entails and will help them in making a decision as to whether or not tax is something that they would enjoy.

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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200 new jobs on the way for Cork with Janssen

An additional 450 jobs will be created during the construction phase

Pharma company Janssen Sciences Ireland has announced a €300 million expansion of its Ringaskiddy facility in Cork harbour, and the creation of 200 new jobs.

Janssen is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. An additional 450 jobs will be created during the construction phase, which is due to begin later this month and is expected to take two years.

In a statement issued by Janssen, General Manager, Kyran Johnson said the expansion will allow the company to meet demand for its drugs in the areas of multiple myeloma, rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease.

Janssen Sciences Ireland UC has operated a bio-pharmaceutical facility on its 40 hectare site at Ringaskiddy since 2005, with 555 people currently employed at the site. Johnson & Johnson employs more than 2,700 people overall at 11 sites across Ireland.


Details of current vacancies and career opportunities with Janssen are available here.

The announcement has been welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald and the CEO of IDA Martin Shanahan, who said it will have a significant economic impact on the south west region.

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