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

Lorcan Kelly

Tax Consultant

Irish Tax Institute

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Lorcan Kelly
I would strongly recommend a career in tax to any students who are considering it. Tax professionals are in high demand from employers and can add real value to any business. It is a challenging and rewarding career which can place you at the heart of business decision making. It can also be an excellent springboard to other careers in finance.

Just recently a new Chief Financial Officer was appointed to Irish Distillers who was formerly the Pernod Ricard Group tax director! Also do your research about the AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) qualification – from my own experience, the course is very practical and relevant to my day to day job. It provides a structured framework for achieving the knowledge of tax law and skills required to be an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA).

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Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

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Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 

Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

Students who want to spend summer 2018 in America are being urged to start early on their J-1 applications.

The advice comes from the US Embassy in Dublin. There are over 7,000 slots available for 2018 for those wishing to apply for the Summer Work Travel visa. In addition, over 1,000 jobs have been made available for anyone who wishes to be a Camp Counsellor.

The J-1 programme for Ireland is more than 50 years old. To date, over 160,000 Irish students have spent their summers in the United States under the programme. Concern was expressed last year that President Donald Trump would put an end to the visa programme. However, the US Embassy and Department of State have worked with the Summer Work and Travel visa sponsor agencies to ensure that Ireland would secure 7,000 visa spaces for 2018, the same number allocated for this year.

The J-1 summer work and travel programme is available to all full-time third level students. It enables students to spend the summer working in the United States with an additional 30 days to travel.

Since 2016, it is necessary for Irish applicants to have a job secured before travelling to the US, which allows them to start work as soon as they arrive.

J-1 participants must be accepted into an exchange visitor programme by a designated visa sponsor. The majority of Irish participants are sponsored by SAYIT, USIT, J-1 Ireland, Smaller Earth or World Wide Cultural Exchange. Many of these visa sponsor agencies hold job fairs to assist participants, starting in January.

The US embassy is now urging participants to apply early due to the large amount of paperwork involved, and to allow them sufficient time to secure a job before travelling.

Full details are available fron the US Embassy in Ireland and from the Department of Foreign Affairs

The CareersPortal Team