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Edel Butler

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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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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They advise on such issues as; shares, takeover bids, acquisitions and mergers.


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Investment bankers provide financial services for governments, institutions and companies. They liaise with regulatory bodies and give strategic advice on large sums of money. They arrange loans to companies both in Ireland and overseas. They deal in securities trading in bonds, equities or derivatives and offer broking facilities.  
 
They may coordinate teams of professionals including lawyers and accountants. They deal directly with chief executives and directors of companies.


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As an investmentt banker you will have to be able to handle complex information. You must be confident and diplomatic to be able to negotiate at a very high level. You will need excellent inter-personal skills and strong organisational abilities. You will need to be articulate and literate to be able to present information both verbally and in written reports.  
 
You will need analytical ability to extract relevant information from a mass of detail.  
 
Increasingly a second language is required.


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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
Address: 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 611 6500
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Organisation: Institute of Bankers in Ireland
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