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

Edel Butler

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Irish Tax Institute

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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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Posted on November 14, 2017

First Gardaí graduate with BA in Applied Policing

More than 180 gardaí graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Applied Policing, accredited by University of Limerick (UL), at a special conferring ceremony at the Garda Síochána College, Templemore, County Tipperary on Wednesday, October 18. 

The 188 gardaí, from two classes recruited in 2014, were the first cohort to graduate from this new degree programme.

Acting Garda Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin and UL’s Acting Vice President, Academic and Registrar Dr Pat Phelan attended the ceremony in Templemore.

In November 2014, UL and An Garda Síochána signed a Memorandum of Understanding that resulted in the university accrediting the BA in Applied Policing delivered in the Garda Síochána College, Templemore.

The 104-week BA programme represents best practice in education and uses a combination of formal lectures, problem-based learning and placement where student skills are developed.

Addressing the ceremony Dr Pat Phelan, Acting Vice President, Academic and Registrar at UL said: “When University of Limerick partnered with the Garda Siochána College on this degree course two and a half years ago, we had a vision to deliver best practice in education and this programme, in essence, has allowed a ‘community of scholars’ at UL and a ‘community of practice’ in An Garda Síochana to pool their resources to build a challenging and innovative curriculum delivered by UL’s award-winning Law faculty and supported by strict academic regulations.”

“This partnership between UL and An Garda Síochana is a pioneering one. It is very unusual for a criminal justice agency to engage in a collaboration of this kind, but it is in keeping with the national strategy for higher education, which calls on universities to engage more widely with business, industry, training colleges and communities,” Dr Phelan continued.

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