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We asked Louise Mc Donald from Defence Forces to give some advice for people considering this job:

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I would advise them to get themselves physically fit and to maintain it. I would also say that a sense of humour is very important and the ability to laugh at themselves. They should have self discipline and be prepared to accept imposed discipline. Punctuality is very important as is respect for others. If they had sporting interests that would be a help.

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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Accounting Technician information session for Guidance Counsellors

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Accounting Technician information session for Guidance Counsellors

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 

Accounting Technician information session for Guidance Counsellors

Guidance Counsellor invitation to attend ‘earn-as-you-learn’ Accounting Technician programme information session.

Accounting Technicians Ireland was at the recent IGC Conference 2017, where it introduced Ireland’s guidance counsellors to its ‘earn-as-you-learn’ Accounting Technician programme for 2017.

The Accounting Technician Praktikum is a practical, fully funded route to accountancy, where Leaving Cert students have the chance to get a job in industry, practice or the public sector. They will earn a minimum salary of €17,797 and tuition costs are fully funded.

The programme launched last September, in partnership with five local colleges and 50 employers in Dublin, Wicklow, Cork and Monaghan. It opens up a route to professional accountancy for Leaving Cert students who prefer practical learning to full-time academic learning.

Emma Cameron, who completed her Leaving Certificate last year, is now working with HLB Ryan and studying at Blackrock College in Co Dublin.

“I am pleased with my decision to do the Accounting Technician Praktikum rather than attending third-level college full time,” says Emma. “I am getting valuable on-the-job experience, which is helping me with my studies. The workplace and college mentors along with the Accounting Technicians Ireland staff are always on hand to assist me,” she adds.

Accounting Technicians Ireland is hosting an Information Session for Guidance Counsellors at its head office on Dublin’s Pearse Street, on March 28, 2017, from 11am to 12pm. Interested GCs can register here.

Please note: This session is designed for School Guidance Counsellors only – if you are an interested applicant or a parent, we are hosting an information session for you on April 6 in Dublin – click here for details of that event.

The CareersPortal Team