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

Edel Butler

Administrative Officer

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.

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NCAD Portfolio Submission Date is Fast Approaching

Hopeful NCAD applicants may be found working long hours into the night this week putting the finishing touches to their art portfolio. The NCAD deadline for submission of art portfolios is 9th February 2018. Prospective students spend months working on art pieces to prove their talent, originality and commitment to the world of art to compete for a highly sought after place in the National College of Art and Design situated on Thomas Street, in Dublin’s city centre.

There are a variety of Art and Design courses on offer nationwide through CAO application.  IADT and Griffith College and DIT provide alternative options to NCAD in Dublin. Art courses outside the capital are offered in Limerick IT, Cork IT, Athlone IT, IT Carlow and IT Sligo. All of these courses require a portfolio application.

A portfolio is a collection of visual work that showcases the applicant’s skills, creativity and interests as well as their commitment to art and design.   NCAD are looking to see how applicants work with materials to generate creative ideas and solutions. The best portfolios will show all the processes involved from the beginning ideas and research to the end product.

Prospective students often take a year or longer to complete their art portfolio; many beginning the project in their pre-Leaving Cert year. The time commitment needed to devote to such an extensive project can take its toll on a Leaving Cert. student and steal precious study time from other subjects. It is no surprise then that many students decide to dedicate a whole year to completing their art portfolio and improving their artistic skills in preparation for art college. Various PLC colleges around the country offer Art Portfolio courses to enable students to hone their artistic skills and create their art portfolio.

The PLC Course Finder on CareersPortal will assist you in finding Art Portfolio Preparation courses offered in Further Education.

The CEAD (Continuing Education in Art and Design) department in NCAD also offer a course to prepare applicants for portfolio submission. This is an intensive short course offered twice a year, summer and autumn. For more information click here. Registration for the summer course opens on 26th February.

Career opportunities for graduates from NCAD are extensive across the spectrum of art and design.  Graphic Design, Fashion, and product design  are just a flavour of some of the exciting career opportunities open to graduates. NCAD offers a variety of undergraduate degrees in Art and Design and a number of postgraduate courses. The college provides ample opportunity for budding artists to develop and thrive.  Famous NCAD graduates include the milliner Philip Treacy and fashion designer Orla Kiely, both have enjoyed success and international recognition for their creativity.

If you are considering a career in the world of art, you can find out lots of information on job descriptions in the area of art and design on  please click here. 

You can also use the Course Finder on CareersPortal to search for Art and related courses offered through CAO.

See below portfolio submission dates and links to college website for specific portfolio guidelines.

Note: Fine Art in Sligo IT (SG224 and SG231)  no longer requires a portfolio. Students are now invited to attend an interview. Students are asked to bring examples of finished work, along with studies and notebooks that demonstrate the development of these ideas or works.


DT101 – (Architecture)

DT544 (Interior Design), 

DT545 (Design – Visual Communications),

 DT546 (Fine Art),

DT559 (Photography)

DT598 (Visual Merchandising & Display

5th and 6th March

 DIT Guidelines 

IT Carlow

CW038 (Art)

5th Feb – 26th April

IT Carlow Guidelines 


DL826 (Visual Communications Design)

DL827 (Art)

DL828 (3D Model Making and Digital Art)

DL829 (Design for Stage and Screen) Costume Design

DL830 (Design for Stage and Screen)Make-up  Design

DL831 (Design for Stage and Screen)Production Design

DL832 Animation

DL833 Photography

DL834 Film and Television Production

12th – 15th March

IADT Guidelines


CR210  (Contemporary Applied Art)

CR220  (Fine Art)

Weeks beginning 5th March and 12th March

CIT Guidelines


LM099 (Architecture)  3rd - 9th April  UL Guidelines


AL861 (Animation and Illustration)

AL763 (Graphic Design)

 20th-23rd March

AL861 Guidelines

AL763 Guidelines

Griffith College

GC462 (Design Communication)

GC494 (Fashion Design)

 13th March  Guidelines


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