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 Lynsey Gargan from STEPS to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lynsey Gargan

Manufacturing Engineer


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  Lynsey Gargan
With regard to education I say don't worry if you think you have the wrong subjects in school. I certainly didn't have the subjects you would typically expect.

There are a number of courses that cater to different backgrounds. The most important thing is to do your research. Go to open days, talk to the colleges and generally just find out what exactly you would be getting in to.

Don't just take for granted you know what a certain course or career is all about. Think about what you like to do, and not just necessarily in school, if you find yourself being curious about how things work or how thing are made, it's a good indication that you could like something like engineering.

One of the best things about engineering is that it really can be your passport to the world. There are great travel opportunities within the industry and chances to be involved in the next big thing.

Practically every man-made product around you came from a manufacturing plant, it's a huge industry with a lot of different avenues to take. Innovation is a really big part of what engineers do. The desire to be creative and improve production and processes is an important attribute for a manufacturing engineer.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting

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CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting

Thursday, March 09, 2017 

CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting

The CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting is a flexible online course which offers a comprehensive introduction to the concepts and practices of business management, with an emphasis on accounting.

This course is aimed at employees who wish to formalise their learning in the workplace or students beginning their studies or career in business and accountancy.

The course is designed to be as flexible as possible and with two exam sittings in May and December each year, students can complete the qualification at their own pace.

CPA Ireland gives you access to world class training and qualifications


  • You can start studying for the CPA Certificate in Business and Accounting at any time of the year
  • No previous qualifications are required to study the CPA Certificate in Business & Accounting
  • Flexible and convenient e-learning study option. Computer based exams based in Dublin and Cork
  • Upon completion students are awarded the Certificate in Business and Accounting accredited by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland
  • Two exam sittings per year
  • Flexibility to choose the order and number of subjects you wish to study together
  • Practical syllabus with immediately applicable learning for those in employment

If you are looking to achieve your professional goals and kick-start your career in accountancy, contact Sinead on 01 425 1016 or at

Why CPA?

  • Flexibility to choose the order and number of subjects you wish to study together. 
  • Holders of the certificate may then opt to continue their studies and pursue a professional qualification in accountancy.
  • Full exemptions from all CPA F1 exams are available to successful students. Find out more information about the CPA Exams Syllabus.
  • Practical syllabus with immediately applicable learning for those in employment.
  • Computer based exams based in Dublin and Cork.
For more information including entry requirements click here.