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 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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CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship

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CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 

CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship

Fully Funded Academic Programme for Ambitious School Leavers

The CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship is a one-year full time academic programme including a three-month work placement for ambitious school leavers and mature students wishing to pursue a career as a professional accountant. This programme is fully funded.

This innovation in professional accounting education was developed to provide an initial opportunity that will help to ensure that anyone who has the ambition and commitment to become an accountant can do so, regardless of financial or logistical limitations. There is no requirement to have studied accountancy in the past.


The course is aimed at those who have recently left school having completed the Leaving Certificate or mature students. The CPA Accounts Executive Traineeship can help activate your career in accounting and business.


Every aspect of your professional training is paid for. The tuition will be delivered via face to face lectures in various locations around the country by Cenit College. Cenit College is a private college based in County Kildare and a CPA gold star approved learning provider with experienced lecturers from a range of accounting and financial backgrounds. Lectures will commence in September each year and will be scheduled from Monday - Friday for one year. In addition there is a three month work placement from June - August.


Subject matter will include modules on:

  • Management in Organisations
  • Business Law and Professional Ethics
  • Economics and Business
  • Accounting
  • IT for Business
  • Introduction to Taxation
  • Data Mining and Modelling
  • Accounting and Payroll Package
  • Business Communications
Training includes not only the specialist knowledge and practical skills you will need for your future career, but also a range of personal, management, IT and business communications skills. Together they will help you to gain a rounded introduction into the world of business by the end of this programme.


  • You must have completed the Leaving Certificate or qualify as a mature student.  
  • If under the age of 23 you must have obtained a pass in at least six subjects in the Leaving Certificate, three of which must be Grade C or higher in three higher level papers. Two of the six subjects must be English and Maths. 
  • There is no requirement to have studied accountancy. 
  • An aptitude test and or pre-course interview will be required to assess your aptitude level and ability.


Commencing in September each year with classroom based tuition which will be examined through computer and paper based exams throughout the year. There will be a three month work placement from June – August in an accountancy practice or a business related organisation thereby giving you an opportunity to gain applied practical experience in the world of accounting.


The programme is free for eligible individuals. The fee waiver applies to:

  • 1 year student membership of CPA Ireland, 
  • Course tuition, 
  • Support materials,
  • First exam sitting,
  • Contribution towards transportation costs (subject to eligibility).

Full details here.